The San Diego Chargers need to build through the NFL Draft. Tom Telesco put together a decent crop of players last season with his draft. He will be looking to build on it with this coming draft.
It doesn’t seem that the Chargers will be getting back much in terms of compensatory picks this time around.
Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com has been very accurate with his projections in the past and he has released his projections for the coming draft. The formula for getting compensatory picks is complicated (crazy), but Kempski seems to have broken the code.
Here are some of the basic rules to the comp picks (Philly.com):
1. Lost players that are cut or not tendered as RFAs and ERFAs do not qualify.
2. Lost players that were picked up during the season the year before do not qualify.
3. Signed players that are released before midseason do not qualify.
4. Players earning low minimum salaries do not qualify.
5. Each player signed cancels out one player lost.
6. The round of the pick awarded is primarily determined by the annual value of the contract signed. Signed players cancel out lost players with equal contracts, then lower contracts, before canceling out higher contracts.
For the coming draft, the Chargers are projected to receive a 7th round draft pick.
Here are the list of additions and subtractions from last offseason:
Lost: Vasquez ($5.9m), Cason ($2m), V. Martin ($2m), Barnes ($1.3m), Jammer ($1.1m), A. Franklin ($1.1m), S. Phillips ($1m)
Signed: Cox ($5m), Freeney ($4.4m – IR), Dunlap ($2m), Woodhead ($1.8m), J. Phillips ($1.75m), Rinehart ($1.75m), Ohrnberger ($675k)*