WARNING: The following is a nerdy post about NFL compensatory draft picks. If you don’t understand comp picks, you can read this explainer. But you should probably just save your time and trust what I have to say below.
Well, here’s some inconvenient news for the Eagles coming out of their bye. With the Los Angeles Chargers releasing embattled kicker Caleb Sturgis, the Eagles are no longer projected to receive a compensatory pick in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Here’s a look at the Eagles’ comp pick formula prior to the Sturgis release, via the folks from Over The Cap:
With Sturgis failing to remain on the Chargers’ roster through Week 10, he no longer counts towards the Eagles’ comp pick formula. This means that the Eagles’ signing of Haloti Ngata will now cancel out the comp pick Philadelphia was set to receive thanks to LeGarrette Blount signing with the Lions.
Losing a late seventh-round pick certainly isn’t the end of the world for the Eagles, but it’s not ideal. If only Sturgis could’ve held off on being a disaster for a couple more weeks, Howie Roseman would’ve had an extra pick to work with.
Now that the Eagles are no longer projected to receive a pick for Sturgis, it looks like they’re down to nine selections in the 2019 NFL Draft.