Phil Emery was hired as Bears general manager, in large part, for his experience with building through the draft. Unfortunately the NFL isn't going to help him out, at least not this year.
The league has awarded compensatory picks in this year’s draft, through rounds 3-7 in the draft that begins with Round 1 on May 8, but the Bears won’t receive any this year.
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
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The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced on Monday will supplement the 224 choices in the seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10), which will kick off in primetime for the fifth consecutive year.
It’s not the first time the Bears have gone comp-free. Since compensatory picks were initiated at the outset of free agency in 1994, the Bears stand 20th among all teams receiving make-up picks, with a total of 17 picks.