The NFL uses a complicated formula that balances free agents lost with free agents signed to determine compensatory picks. Projections has the Giants perhaps getting two compensatory picks, but in the end they will get just one.
Here are the players signed and lost in free agency that were factored into the Giants receiving the fifth-round compensatory pick:
Ross Cockrell, D.J. Fluker, Devon Kennard, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Geno Smith
Cody Latimer, Kareem Martin, Nate Solder, Michael Thomas
That fifth-round pick will give the Giants 10 picks in the upcoming draft. That’s the most picks they have had since 2009, when they selected nine players. Eight of those selections will come in Rounds 4-7.
The Giants will have a first-round pick (No. 6 overall), a second-round pick (No. 37), two fourth-round picks, three fifth-round picks, a sixth-round pick and two seventh-round selections.
GM Dave Gettleman could use those late-round picks to move up in the draft, perhaps trying to get into the third round. The Giants don’t have a third-round pick after selecting cornerback Sam Beal in the Supplemental Draft. Or, Gettleman could use all of those picks in the hopes of finding late-round talent to add depth to the roster.