The Pittsburgh Steelers have been awarded a 6th round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. PR Man Burt Lauten announced the news.
The #Steelers have received a 6th round compensatory selection in the 2016 NFL Draft (45th pick in 6th round, 220th overall).
— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) March 11, 2016
This pick is for Brice McCain, who signed a two year, $5.5 million contract with the Miami Dolphins in the 2015 offseason. He was released this year and signed with the Tennessee Titans.
It was projected for the Steelers to receive a late 7th round pick so the fact this is a 6th is surprising and excellent news. The Steelers did not have a 6th round pick until today, trading their original one away for Josh Scobee.
The compensatory formula is a well kept secret but factors in age, contract, and playing time as large factors in determining compensation. McCain played 790 defensive snaps according to Football Outsiders. He started ten games for Miami, making 31 tackles and intercepting one pass.
The Steelers now officially have seven draft picks in this year’s draft. Their original first four, this 6th round pick, their original 7th, and the 7th given to them in trading away Brad Wing to the New York Giants.