A few people have emailed me concerning how many compensatory draft picks the Steelers will be rewarded for the 2010 draft. You have to start first with what they lost free agency wise last offseason. The Steelers lost what looks to be three qualifying players in free agency and they did not sign any that qualified as replacements for those lost players. The three players they lost that should qualify were, cornerback Bryant McFadden, wide receiver Nate Washington and quarterback Byron Leftwich. All three should qualify. As far as the rounds go for the compensatory draft picks rewarded, below are my projections. The official rewarding of compensatory draft picks is still a few weeks away and only the NFL knows the true formula for rewarding these picks.
Bryant McFadden – 5th round pick
Nate Washington – 5th round pick
Byron Leftwich – 7th round pick