Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

The NFL has awarded a total of 33 compensatory draft picks to 13 teams for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, to be held April 28-30 in Chicago. The picks are awarded to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire in the previous year, in accordance with league rules.

Learn about the rules of the NFL Draft.

The league determines compensatory free agents using a formula developed by the NFL Management Council based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. In 2016, all of the compensatory picks fall between Rounds 3-6.

Here is a look at this year's compensatory choices, with the round and overall pick number for each selection:

Club

Compensatory Picks

Detroit Lions:

3rd rd. (95), 6th rd. (210)

New England Patriots:

3rd rd. (96), 6th rd. (208), 6th rd. (214), 6th rd. (221)

Seattle Seahawks:

3rd rd. (97), 5th rd. (171), 6th rd. (215)

Denver Broncos:

3rd rd. (98), 4th rd. (136), 6th rd. (219)

Green Bay Packers:

4th rd. (131), 4th rd. (137)

Baltimore Ravens:

4th rd. (132), 4th rd. (134), 6th rd. (209)

San Francisco 49ers:

4th rd. (133), 5th rd. (174), 6th rd. (211), 6th rd. (213)

Dallas Cowboys:

4th rd. (135), 6th rd. (212), 6th rd. (216), 6th rd. (217)

Cleveland Browns:

4th rd. (138), 5th rd. (172), 5th rd. (173)

Buffalo Bills:

4th rd. (139), 6th rd. (218)

Arizona Cardinals:

5th rd. (170)

San Diego Chargers:

5th rd. (175)

Pittsburgh Steelers:

6th rd. (220)

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