The day after the season, General Manager Steve Keim was talking about the draft, and how having the No. 1 overall pick was "embarrassing as hell."
But, Keim, added, "I promise you in April that we’re not going to feel that way because we’re going to have that first pick in every round. We’re going to have the No. 1 claim order, and as of right now, based on the formula, we’re probably going to have anywhere from nine to 10 picks when you add in the compensatory (picks).”
If the latest estimate by comp picks expert Nick Korte from overthecap.com is on target, it will be 10 picks, because the Cardinals should end up with three more -- an extra sixth-rounder and two in the seventh round.
Comp picks are the potential picks you get based on a formula taking into account the previous year's free agents lost versus free agents signed. The more free agents you lose as oppose to sign helps your chances at extra picks. These are free agents that have their contracts expire -- free agents cut from their previous contracts, lost or signed, don't count (so, for instance, Tyrann Mathieu doesn't count in the formula. Neither does Tre Boston, who signed well after the cutoff deadline for comp picks.)
Linebacker Kareem Martin fetches the sixth-rounder, while quarterback Drew Stanton and wide receiver Jaron Brown should garner the extra seventh-round picks. The Cards look like they actually qualify for yet another with the loss of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but the league only awards 32 total comp picks and Gabbert falls on the list beyond 32. Comp picks can be traded.
Korte does have a couple of asterisks when it comes to the Cardinals. If Sam Bradford qualifies in the formula -- and as of now, he does not expect that -- then the Cardinals wouldn't get the sixth/Martin pick. If cornerback Bene Benwikere qualifies (again, not expected) then the Cardinals lose the seventh/Stanton pick.
Regardless of comp picks, the Cardinals will have their seven normal picks, coming at the top of each round.