The Houston Texans could end up with three extra draft picks for next year’s NFL draft.
As much as people have been complaining about the fact that the Texans did nothing in free agency this offseason, they will soon be rewarded for doing so.
When NFL teams lose quality players in free agency and don’t sign quality players to replace them, they’re awarded compensatory draft picks.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com believes the Texans will end up with three compensatory draft picks for 2018.
"Projected compensatory picks: Three — Round 3 / Two picks in Round 6Key free-agent losses:A.J. Bouye (Jaguars), Quintin Demps (Bears), John Simon (Colts)Key free-agent additions: NoneSkinny: The loss of Bouye should result in a third-round compensatory pick for the Texans, while the losses of Demps and Simon should bring sixth-rounders based on their salaries and expected usage."
The highest compensatory pick any team can receive is a third rounder. With A.J. Bouye being one of the top free agent cornerbacks this offseason, a third round pick for him makes sense.
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Both linebacker John Simon and safety Quintin Demps are solid veterans, which is why a sixth round pick is warranted.
I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the Texans were able to get a fifth rounder for Demps. He had a heck of a season in 2016. But he will need to have anther good year in 2017.