The Tennessee Titans have received compensatory selections in the NFL Draft in each of the past two seasons, but their streak of receiving at least one is projected to end in 2023.
According to Nick Korte of Over the Cap, the Titans are not projected to receive any comp picks in 2023.
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Basically, comp picks are obtained when a team loses more qualified free agents than it brings in during an off-season. For reference, here’s how free agents qualify for the formula.
Compensatory Free Agent (“CFA”) shall be defined as an unrestricted free agent (“UFA”) who: (i) signed with a new club during the prior free agency signing period; […] before 4:00 p.m. New York time, on the Monday following the NFL Draft for that league year1 […], and (ii) ranked in the top 35%2 of all league players […], Clubs that lose or gain a greater number of CFAs from other clubs will be eligible to receive a compensatory draft selection in the College Draft to be held in the following league year, subject to the provisions set forth below.
With no comp pick, the Titans are set to hold a total of six selections in the 2023 NFL Draft, including the first (No. 11), second (No. 41), third (No. 72), fifth (No. , 147) sixth (No. 185) and seventh (No. 229) rounds.
Another way for a team to take compensatory picks is to trade a minority employee lost to another team for a head coach or general manager role.
An example of this was the hiring of Ryan Carthon by the Titans as their new general manager. With that move, the San Francisco 49ers now net a pair of third-round comp picks (one in 2024, one in 2025), but those picks don’t come from Tennessee, just to be clear.
The last time the Titans picked No. 11 was in 2014 when they drafted Taylor LeVon. Tennessee could very well draft their next franchise tackle with this year’s selection.