The 2015 compensatory draft picks have now been announced and the Pittsburgh Steelers have been awarded one extra seventh round selection (252nd overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Last offseason the Steelers lost unrestricted free agents wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, defensive end Ziggy Hood, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, defensive end Al Woods, safety Ryan Clark, fullback David Johnson and running back Jonathan Dwyer in free agency. They did, however, sign five unrestricted free agents last offseason and they were safety Mike Mitchell, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Cam Thomas, linebacker Arthur Moats and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.
It should be noted that both Dwyer and Heyward-Bey were not factored into the formula this year. Also, Johnson did not qualify for a compensatory pick as 32 picks were already awarded.
Compensatory draft picks cannot be traded and they are determined by a formula that was developed by the NFL Management Council and it is based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. 1994 was the first year that compensatory draft choices were awarded.
A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2015 NFL Draft were awarded to 14 different teams.