As we approach the NFL Draft at the end of April, one thing that will get announced at some point will be what compensatory draft picks will be awarded by the league because of free agent movement.
Every year the league awards 32 picks. starting at the end of the third round, and it is to offset free agent losses.
Compensatory picks cannot be traded and are essentially picks between rounds. They are added to the end of each round.
Arizona lost Karlos Dansby, Andre Roberts, Jim Dray, Javier Arenas and Antoine Cason in free agency last offseason. They signed unrestricted free agents Jared Veldheer, Ted Ginn and Ted Larsen. They also signed Jonathan Dwyer, but he is not projected to count because of only being on the roster two games, due to his landing on the non-football illness list following his domestic abuse arrest.
Using OTC's projections, Arizona could have two picks, one for Jim Dray and another for Javier Arenas, but the Arenas pick would fall outside of the 32 picks.
There is a possibility the pick the Cardinals are awarded is a fifth rounder. If Andre Roberts is counted as a higher-tier free agent, then Arizona would get a fifth rounder instead of a seventh rounder, as the pick would be for Roberts, not Dray.
An additional pick would give Arizona eight picks in this upcoming draft.