One of the (few) benefits of the 2016 season being over for the New York Giants is that this is likely one of the last times we will have to mention Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon Harrison and the New York Giants’ massive 2016 spending spree in the same breath.
Hopefully, we will soon only have to talk to them as great Giants, and leave off how much the team payed to acquire their services (which have been worth every penny and probably a few John Mara found in his couch since then).
But for now, we have to consider the price tag one last time — but we also get a new way to think of how much the team gave up to bring them aboard.
Salary cap trackers OverTheCap.com released their projections for the 2017 compensatory picks. For those who don’t know, or might be confused by comp picks, they are assigned to teams using a formula that takes into account free agents signed by a team versus players lost to free agency.
The NFL awards 32 compensatory picks each year, to the teams with the biggest free agency losses. Naturally, if a team spends more in free agency than it loses, it won’t receive a pick.
So unsurprisingly, after signing a trio of big free agents, the Giants ware not projected to receive any picks.
On the flip side of that coin, OTC projects that the Miami Dolphins will receive a third-round selection for Vernon, the Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams) will receive a third-round pick for Jenkins, and the New York Jets will get a fourth-round pick for Harrison.
And I think pretty much everyone will agree that two third-round picks and a fourth-round pick for a trio of All-Pros is a pretty good use of resources.
This projection also tells us an idea of where the Giants will be drafting in each round.
- Round 1 - 23rd Overall
- Round 2 - 55th Overall
- Round 3 - 87th Overall
- Round 4 - 140th Overall - includes punishment for using the walkie-talkie. Natural pick is 128th overall
- Round 5 - 169th Overall
- Round 6 - 199th Overall
- Round 7 - 236th Overall