The 2023 draft may have concluded just over a week ago, but the NFL is already looking ahead to next year's draft from Detroit.
Over the years, the Patriots have benefitted from receiving compensatory picks in every draft from 2014 to 2021 but missed adding more last year. However, that changed in this year's draft due to Bill Belichick not re-signing J.C. Jackson, who went to the Chargers, or Ted Karras, who signed with the Bengals, receiving a fourth and a sixth-rounder for both.
They are now set to not add any comp picks for the 2024 draft, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com. Although comp picks may not mean a lot to some, adding to their stockpile of picks over the years has become a large part of the Patriots' draft tactic.
Why is New England projected not to receive any comp picks? According to CBS Sports definition of the matter, "if a team is determined to have lost more value in free agency than they gained, they’ll be awarded a comp pick. The NFL uses a formula to determine the value of free agents lost and free agents gained for each team over the offseason.
Because they re-signed nearly all of their free agents and were determined to have not lost more talent than they gained, they will not be compensated with any more picks.
A silver lining to all of this? Over the years, when Belichick has actually kept their comp picks rather than trade them, the players they selected didn't amount to much in New England. The most notable of that group is, of course, Tom Brady, who was selected 199th overall in the 2000 draft.
Plus, as of now, the Patriots are set with eight total selections next year, which is quite reasonable for any team in the league.