This is a question for those who know much more then me.
In addition to the 32 picks in each round (of the NFL draft), there are a total of 32 picks awarded at the ends of Rounds 3 through 7. These picks, known as “compensatory picks,” are awarded to teams that have lost more qualifying unrestricted 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, for example, a team that lost a linebacker who signed for $2.5 million per year in free agency might get a sixth-round compensatory pick, while a team that lost a wide receiver who signed for $5 million per year might receive a fourth-round pick.
There is a limit of 4 total Compensatory Draft Picks for any team.
I know that it is too early to know in what round these “compensatory picks” will be drafted, but I would guess it is possible to tell how many we will get.
I know the players who are cut do not enter into the equation.
What about RFA, do we receive compensation from the teams that signed them? Does the category still exist under the new CBA? Who were our RFA's and what was their tender? I believe Brad Smith was one, so what pick can we expect from the Bills? What about any others? Who are they and what can we expect to receive?
And what about the URFA such as EDWARDS, or Coleman will we receive a Compensatory pick for them from the NFL? Were there other URFA we lost? What URFA did we gain?
In sum, who were the FA we lost and who were the FA we gained. Only once we know this will we have any idea what the 2012 draft may look like for us.