With the departure of pass rushers Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue last year, the Ravens have been awaiting a pair of compensatory picks for the lost talent.
While many chalked up Ngakoue’s compensatory pick to a fourth-round pick due to his contract Average Per Year (APY) of $13 million, Judon’s was a touch higher at $13.6 million APY, which had him at the top of the fourth-round formula with an opportunity to become a third if he received AP All-Pro or PFWA On-Field honors.
Unfortunately for the Ravens, Judon only received three votes in the 2021 All-Pro Team Voting, released on January 14.
According to overthecap.com’s Nick Korte, a specialist in NFL compensatory pick projections, this has all but cemented the Ravens returning compensatory pick to fourth-round status.
Still waiting for an explicit first team All-Pro list, but here are the votes:https://t.co/zwjYXi6iVH— Nick Korte (@nickkorte) January 14, 2022
For the one player Ravens observers are focused on the most, Matt Judon got only 3 votes, and weirdly enough, they classified him as a linebacker instead of an edge rusher.
Korte did say there’s a final opportunity for the Judon compensatory pick to move up, which is via the PFWA All-NFL list. According to a PFWA member, the voting runs through Wednesday of this week and will likely be released next week.
The likelihood of Judon making an All-NFL list is incredibly thin, seeing as he received only three All-Pro votes and the linebackers and edge rushers he’s among include Steelers’ T.J. Watt, Browns’ Myles Garrett and Cowboys’ Micah Parsons, among others.
Though it’s disappointing to “only” net a fourth-round pick for Judon, they will also be receiving two more compensatory picks this season with the Ngakoue pick and the third-round compensatory pick after the Houston Texans hired David Culley to become their head coach.