A couple of days ago, I projected that the Cleveland Browns would not receive any compensatory picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, based on how free agency went for them last year. At the annual league meetings on Monday, it was confirmed that the Browns would not be receiving any additional picks in April's draft.
Three teams added third-round picks: New England, Kansas City, and Cincinnati. In terms of the division, the Bengals and the Ravens were the big winners. Baltimore added a fourth-round pick and two fifth-round picks. That was because they lost Corey Graham, James Ihedigbo, Arthur Jones, and Michael Oher in 2014, while only gaining Darian Stewart.
Cincinnati added a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick because they lost Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson, without gaining any significant free agents. What is funny is they actually got Johnson back this offseason, and are being rewarded for his departure a year ago. The Steelers also added a seventh-round pick.
Despite the AFC North representing 4 out of 32 teams in the NFL (12.5%), the division received 6 of the 32 compensatory picks (18.75%) handed out by the league for the 2015 NFL Draft. Some people questioned GM Ray Farmer's moves this offseason, but it could net the Browns three compensatory picks next year. To add some context, the Ravens have a league-leading 44 compensatory picks since the NFL started handing them out in 1994. During that same stretch of time, the Browns have had just 6 compensatory picks, the fewest amount in the NFL.
See the full list of compensatory picks awarded here.