It has been widely speculated, but now it’s official, the Chicago Bears will be receiving their first compensatory draft pick since 2009. The NFL announced today the the Bears will receive a fourth-round pick (34th pick of the 4th round, 140th overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The exact formula that the league uses to determine comp picks isn’t known, but Over The Cap has historically done a good job in speculating which teams will be getting comps. You can learn more about their methodology here, but it has to do with how many free agents a team loses when compared to how many free agents a team adds. In the case of the Bears, losing Adrian Amos to a big money deal to the Packers was the key to them getting a comp pick.
The Bears had to cut running back Mike Davis during the 2019 season to ensure the scales wouldn’t tip in favor of them not getting a comp, but considering he wasn’t being used much it was a no-brainer to let him go. The Panthers signed him and he played mostly special teams for them.
But back to the Bears’ 2020 comp pick, teams are now allowed to trade their comps, so that just gives GM Ryan Pace some more options.
The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 23 and ends on Saturday, April 25, and the Bears have two picks in the second-round, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth, and two in the seventh.