Dallas Cowboys receive no compensatory picks: Why?

After a compensatory selection yield the Dallas Cowboys a franchise quarterback last year, the Cowboys will receive none in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Receiving compensatory selections in the draft has become an integral part of building a NFL roster. And the fact those picks can now be traded makes them even more valuable.

For the Dallas Cowboys, a compensatory selection resulted in them drafting Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott late in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Cowboys were actually award a total of four extra picks last year.

Those 2016 compensatory selections resulted in the Cowboys selecting Prescott in the fourth round, and safety Kavon Frazier, running back Darius Jackson and tight end Rico Gathers all in the sixth.

This year, the Cowboys will receive zero compensatory picks.

The NFL announced the compensatory selections for the 2017 NFL Draft last week. Those extra picks are handed out as determined by an undisclosed formula that is supposedly based on free agent signings and losses, their salaries, playing time and postseason honors.

The Cowboys lost quarterback Matt Cassel, offensive guard Mackenzy Bernadeau and running back Robert Turbin to free agency last offseason. But in return they also signed defensive end Benson Mayowa, defensive tackle Cedric Thornton, running back Alfred Morris, and offensive lineman Joe Looney.

Without any compensatory selections in the upcoming draft, the Cowboys will have to simply build their roster with the picks they already possess. Those include a first round selection (28th), a second round selection (60th), a third round selection (92nd), a fourth round selection (133rd), a sixth round selection (211th), a two seventh round selections (228th, 246th).