Most people have become savvy to the comp pick game by now, especially knowing John Schneider likes to play it as much as any NFL GM. With every move comes a bevy of questions from fans about how it affects the comp formula. So we’ve put together a real-time tracker, using the excellent tool created by Nick Korte at OverTheCap.com. Here are the rules guiding comp picks.
In 2018, John Schneider needed to add veteran players to a young roster, so he didn’t play the comp game like he had in previous years. He added seven UFAs and lost four — the final tally was 5-4 after he cut two guys before Week 10.
This offseason: If Schneider is able to keep D.J. Fluker and/or J.R. Sweezy, Frank Clark and Justin Coleman, he’ll have few veteran needs (pass rusher, defensive tackle, linebacker) and four top UFAs — Earl Thomas, K.J. Wright, Shamar Stephen, Mike Davis — he probably will lose.
He could very well add a couple of cap casualties on the line and a minimum-wage linebacker — leaving the Hawks with possible comp picks in rounds 3, 4, 6, 7. Even if he goes kind of big for a second pass rusher in the UFA market, he still could chalk up the 3 or 4 with the two late-round picks.