A happy day on Friday as the Arizona Cardinals were awarded four compensatory picks by the NFL
The Arizona Cardinals already had seven picks entering the day on Friday in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft. They leave the day with 11 picks thanks to four compensatory picks awarded to them by the NFL.
Those picks will come in the sixth and seventh round. Not only do they get to have the first pick in rounds one through six plus an extra sixth thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they get to draft Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick of the draft.
They will get one extra pick at the end of the sixth round and three extra picks at the end of the seventh round. They may be able to draft for every need after all.
Even though three of the picks are at the end of the draft, it still gives them first dibs on guys who would have normally been looked at quickly as undrafted free agents. It may also give them extra trade bait.
Whatever the case, the Cardinals will have a busy three days of the draft with eight of the picks coming on day three of the draft, Saturday April 27th. Only the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams received compensatory picks as high as the third round, which is the first round they are awarded by the NFL.
This will be the third Mr. Irrelevant pick by the Cardinals in their franchise history. It will be the fourth time they’ve picked last. In 1948, the had the last pick of the draft but they didn’t start calling him Mr. Irrelevant until 1976.
The last time the Cardinals got the last pick in the draft was in 2015. They selected tight end Gerald Christian out of Louisville. He now plays for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.