Originally Posted by Dutchrudder
Well damn, guess I owe someone a beer.
I'm still not sure that James and Jones actually counted against the comp picks we could have received. Either Brisiel or Jason Allen were the player that gave us the 6th, but if the league's formula saw one of them as a 7th and saw Dreessen as a 7th, then we might have simply missed out due to more than 32 picks being awarded. Most years you see only 25-30 picks awarded, and the rest are given to the teams at the top of the draft in order for a total of 32 picks added to the draft. The year Dunta left, the Texans got the last pick in the draft and chose Cheta O. This year, there were no supplemental comp picks awarded, so it's likely that at least a few teams were screwed out of a 7th or two. The Texans may have been one of those teams, but we won't be able to confirm it.
In any case, this whole secret formula bull**** needs to end. It's completely ridiculous that people aren't allowed to know the salary ranges for picks, who contributed to each pick, what stats contribute to higher/lower picks, etc etc.
Do NFL front offices know the "secret formula"? If so, then it's pretty stupid not to let the public know how this process works. If not, then it could be to keep GM's from gaming the system to get extra comp picks with the way they sign FA's.