The NFL awarded the compensatory choices for the 2021 NFL Draft and the Steelers received a fourth-round pick. The pick will be the 35th in the fourth round, and the 140th pick overall. The 2021 NFL Draft will take place April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The picks are based on losses and gains from the previous year in free agency. The following are the losses/gains listed by the NFL:
Lost: Javon Hargrave, B.J. Finney, Sean Davis, Tyler Matakavich and Nick Vannett
Gained: Eric Ebron and Derek Watt.
Compensatory picks, which are third round through sixth round picks, began in 1994 and since then the Steelers have received 34 of them. A total of 36 compensatory picks were awarded for the 2021 NFL Draft, given to 17 different teams.
Here is a list of the 2021 compensatory picks:
Rd. 3, Pick 33-96, New England
Rd. 3, Pick 34-97, Los Angeles Chargers
Rd. 3, Pick 35-98, New Orleans
Rd. 3, Pick 36-99, Dallas
Rd. 3, Pick 37-100, Tennessee
Rd. 3, Pick 38-101, Los Angeles Rams
Rd. 3, Pick 39-102, San Francisco
Rd. 3, Pick 41-103, Los Angeles Rams
Rd. 3, Pick 42-104, Baltimore
Rd. 3, Pick 43-105, New Orleans
Rd. 4, Pick 33-138, Dallas
Rd. 4, Pick 34-139, New England
Rd. 4, Pick 35-140, Pittsburgh
Rd. 4, Pick 36-141, Los Angeles Rams
Rd. 4, Pick 37-142, Green Bay
Rd. 4, Pick 38-143, Minnesota
Rd. 4, Pick 39-144, Kansas City
Rd. 5, Pick 33-177, Green Bay
Rd. 5, Pick 34-178, Dallas
Rd. 5, Pick 35-179, Atlanta
Rd. 5, Pick 36-180, San Francisco
Rd. 5, Pick 37-181, Kansas City
Rd. 5, Pick 38-182, Atlanta
Rd. 5, Pick 39-183, Baltimore
Rd. 6, Pick 33-216, Tampa Bay
Rd. 6, Pick 34-217, New Orleans
Rd. 6, Pick 35-218, Atlanta
Rd. 6, Pick 36-219, Green Bay
Rd. 6, Pick 37-220, Chicago
Rd. 6, Pick 38-221, Carolina
Rd. 6, Pick 39-222. Minnesota
Rd. 6, Pick 40-223, Philadelphia
Rd. 6, Pick 41-224, Philadelphia
Rd. 6, Pick 42-225, Carolina
Rd. 6, Pick 43-226, Dallas
Rd. 6, Pick 44-227, Chicago
NFL Compensatory Pick Guidelines:
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents ("CFA") than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through sixth rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL management council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula. No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year. If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the league (32). This year, seven clubs, the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers qualified for a compensatory selection under the net loss formula but will not receive that pick because the final numerical value of the CFA who was lost ranked 33rd or lower among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. Each of those clubs except Indianapolis will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.
-->> In addition to the 32 compensatory selections awarded under the net loss formula, four special compensatory selections were awarded to four clubs: the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints under a recent amendment to the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA to promote equal employment opportunities and an inclusive workforce within NFL clubs. This initiative provides that the prior employer-club of a minority employee who has been hired by another club as its head coach or primary football executive (general manager) will receive compensation in the form of a special compensatory draft selection in the third round of each of the next two drafts, or in each of the next three drafts if two minority employees from the employer-club are hired for these positions by another club or clubs. Special compensatory selections are awarded in draft selection order after all other compensatory selections in round three and are denoted with an asterisk in the list above.