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Bengals projected to net 3 compensatory picks in 2019 NFL Draft

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The Bengals will score several extra picks in 2019.

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The Bengals are usually one of the big winners in terms of compensatory picks, and the 2019 NFL Draft should be no different.

Compensatory picks are awarded to teams if they had net losses during the free agency period, and the Bengals figure to land some extra picks in 2019 after losing Chris Smith, AJ McCarron, Russell Bodine, Jeremy Hill and Andre Smith in free agency.

The Bengals weren’t very active in free agency, signing only Preston Brown and Matt Barkley, so they figure to score some extra Day 3 picks in 2019.

It also helps that teams can now sign free agents and not have their compensatory picks affected, so whatever the Bengals are getting in 2019 is pretty much set.

What will that be exactly?

NFL.com is projecting the Bengals to land three sixth-round selections in the 2019 draft.

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Projected compensatory picks: Three in Round 6.

Key free-agent losses: OT Andre Smith (Cardinals), QB AJ McCarron (Bills), C Russell Bodine (Bills), RB Jeremy Hill (Patriots), DE Chris Smith (Browns).

Key free-agent additions: LB Preston Brown (Bills).

The skinny: The losses of Andre Smith and McCarron should be worth sixth-rounders, although McCarron’s play for the Bills could trigger an earlier pick. Chris Smith should also bring the Bengals a sixth-rounder.

It’s pretty nice that the Bengals can get three extra picks in Round 6 by losing players that either weren’t playing or the team needed to move on. McCarron is a nice backup, but he’s not elevating this team on the bench behind Andy Dalton.

Bodine and Smith were part of why the Bengals had one of the worst offensive lines in football last year, so moving on from them is ideal.

The same is true of Hill, who’s been a black hole for the Bengals’ offense.

Losing Smith is a bit of a loss, but with Sam Hubbard coming in while Carl Lawson continues to earn more snaps, it’s inconsequential.