Chargers Receive 7th Round Compensatory Pick

By Ernie Padaon

Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Chargers were awarded  a seventh-round compensatory pick in next month’s draft (Christopher Smith).  The pick is 250th overall and the 43rd of 46 in the round.

The Chargers could use the selection to pick up another player before they hit the undrafted free agent status. We like to load up on those undrafted guys and we always seem to have one of those guys make the roster.

To try and explain compensatory picks, we will use wikipedia’s definition:

These picks, known as “compensatory picks,” are awarded to teams that have lost more qualifying free agents than they gained the previous year in free agency. Teams that gain and lose the same number of players but lose higher-valued players than they gain also can be awarded a pick, but only in the seventh round, after the other compensatory picks. Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player’s salary, playing time, and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor.

So, we lost Darren Sproles (WHO KILLED IT!!!) and Kevin Burnett and picked up Travis LaBoy and Takeo Spikes and got compensated with a 7th for that. I think we got robbed a bit!