The NFL announced its full list of teams that will be awarded compensatory picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the Oakland Raiders are not one of them.
For the fourth consecutive season, the Oakland Raiders have not been awarded a compensatory pick in the NFL Draft.
Per Over The Cap, this their basic explanation of what a compensatory pick is, and how they are awarded:
"“Compensatory picks are awarded to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire. The number of picks a team can receive equals the net loss of compensatory free agents, up to a maximum of four. Compensatory free agents are determined by a secret formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.”"
With the free agent haul the Raiders had in the previous offseason, this was to be expected.
Paul Gutierrez of ESPN noted that the Raiders not receiving any comp. picks as a good thing, seeing as the formula for receiving one is if a team loses more high-quality free agents than they gain.
"“For example, they have added the likes of Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, Rodney Hudson, Michael Crabtree, Kelechi Osemele, Sean Smith, Reggie Nelson and Donald Penn since 2014 while losing Darren McFadden, Stefen Wisniewski, Lamarr Houston, Jared Veldheer, Benson Mayowa and Lorenzo Alexander, among others, in that same time frame.”"
Which is certainly true, as evident by the aforementioned list of players. Reggie McKenzie has done quite a job in free agency the last few years, with the majority of the new players being quality additions and the majority of the players who were let walk being smart decisions.
Perhaps next season, if Latavius Murray and Menelik Watson walk and the free agent haul isn’t too impressive, the Raiders could be in the mix for a compensatory pick.