With the 2021 NFL draft in the books and the new year effectively started, now is a good time to step back and look at 2022 NFL draft compensatory picks for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Nick Korte at Over the Cap has the Bengals projected to get at least one extra fourth-round pick for the departure of either William Jackson or Carl Lawson.
One, but maybe not both because the Bengals straddle the line of qualification — and it could come down to John Ross in New York:
“If Ross can’t get on the field, that’s bad news for the Bengals, who need him to be a CFA in order to positive in the net number of CFAs lost. If Ross isn’t a CFA, that would be devastating for Cincinnati, who could lose a 4th or 3rd round comp pick for the departure of one of either William Jackson III or Carl Lawson.”
So, some bad news — but also some good news. If Lawson or Jackson exceeds a certain snap threshold with their new teams, the fourth-round pick could be escalated to a third-round pick. Not bad considering there are only two third-round comp picks projected leaguewide right now.
In other words, Ross, Jackson and Lawson will be quite interesting to watch on their new teams next year for a few different reasnos.