The Pittsburgh Steelers could use some extra draft picks in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, and the league announced the team will get a 6th round compensatory draft pick for free agents lost prior to the 2015 season.
The #Steelers have received a 6th round compensatory selection in the 2016 NFL Draft (45th pick in 6th round, 220th overall).— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) March 11, 2016
The Steelers receiving a 6th round selection was better than most expected, as it was predicted the team would simply get another 7th round selection from the league. Nonetheless, the 6th round selection will be an easy way of filling in the gap left when Pittsburgh sent a 6th round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Josh Scobee.
With this new draft pick, the Steelers will now have 7 total draft picks in the following rounds: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 7th.
In 2017, compensatory picks will be able to be traded away, but in 2016 teams still cannot use a compensatory pick as a way to barter a trade for a player or a better draft pick.