The Cardinals could receive three offset picks in addition to their original five selections in this year’s draft.
Nick Korte of Overthecap.com, source of NFL salary and contract information, has been published projections for the prospects of compensatory 2022 draft picks for the 32 teams on Monday. The league’s official list of compensatory picks will be revealed in March, the month the NFL Combine takes place.
Projected compensatory choices include a non-public formula for a team’s free agents lost to players signed to the active roster, monetary value of signed contract, playing time, and various accolades earned throughout the season.
The Cardinals are slated for their first-round pick at No. 23 with one selection in each of the second, third, sixth and seventh rounds. Projections indicate they will have one compensatory pick added in the sixth and two more in the final round.
Arizona would earn an additional sixth-round pick because Kenyan Drake signed with the Las Vegas Raiders last offseason. And the Cardinals would get two more seventh-rounders because tight end Dan Arnold signed with the Carolina Panthers and defensive end Angelo Blackson signed with the Chicago Bears last year.
The Cardinals could have gotten fifth- and sixth-round picks in April by losing free agents in cornerback Patrick Peterson to the Minnesota Vikings and outside linebacker Haason Reddick to Carolina. But those were waived for those rounds of Arizona signing wide AJ Green and kicker Matt Prater last year.
The Cardinals don’t have a fourth- and fifth-round pick, as they traded those picks last year to advance to the 2021 draft. They picked cornerback Marco Wilson in the fourth, and their fifth-round pick has been put in a package to acquire Zach Ertz in October.
Signing JJ Watt in 2021 and getting center Rodney Hudson in a trade won’t count against the Cardinals’ picks. Watt earned a release from the Houston Texans in February of that year before his contract expired in March.
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