As expected, the Detroit Lions did not gain any extra draft picks this year. They received a pair of compensatory picks a year ago, but as announced by the NFL on Monday, no extra selections are going to the Lions this year.
So, why did the Lions get shut out on the compensatory picks front this year? Quite simply, they didn't lose more free agents than they gained during the 2014 offseason. They did lose quarterback Shaun Hill to the St. Louis Rams and defensive end Willie Young to the Chicago Bears, but that was negated by adding wide receiver Golden Tate and safety James Ihedigbo.
- Round 1 - Pick No. 23
- Round 2 - Pick No. 22
- Round 3 - Pick No. 24
- Round 6 - Pick No. 24
- Round 7 - Pick No. 14 (from Miami via Baltimore)
- Round 7 - Pick No. 23
The Lions sent their fourth-rounder and fifth-rounder to the Baltimore Ravens when they traded for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. They did pick up an extra seventh-rounder in that trade, but unless they make another move at some point, they are scheduled to have a pretty big gap in between picks after the third round.
By the way, the Lions are projected to be in much better shape for compensatory picks next year given what has happened so far this offseason. This could obviously change depending on what else happens in free agency and what happens during the 2015 season, but Over the Cap has the Lions in position to receive up to four compensatory picks in 2016. Based on this projection, they would only actually be awarded two extra picks -- a third-rounder for losing Ndamukong Suh and a fifth-rounder for losing Nick Fairley -- but that's certainly better than nothing.