The NFL officially awarded teams their compensatory picks for the 2020 NFL Draft on Tuesday afternoon, and the Seahawks were among the teams who benefited the most.
In total, Seattle was awarded three selections in the upcoming draft: the 101st selection (third round), the 144th selection (fourth round) and the 214th selection (sixth round). The Seahawks were one of six teams to be awarded with three compensatory picks, while the Patriots were the lone team to receive four.
According to the NFL’s release on the compensatory picks, Seattle received their third for losing Earl Thomas, their fourth for Justin Coleman and sixth for Shamar Stephen. According to Over The Cap’s Nick Korte, who does excellent work projecting the compensatory pick formula, the Seahawks’ signing of Mike Iupati qualified against them.
8. I was correct that Mike Iupati would qualify against Seattle, and that Latavius Murray would not qualify in favor of Minnesota.— Nick Korte (@nickkorte) March 10, 2020
That provides a lot of clarification on how disqualifications via contract shortening work.
Seattle’s three compensatory picks brings their 2020 total to eight, providing draft navigator John Schneider with the capital to maneuver how he sees fit come draft weekend.