Ted Thompson

The Green Bay Packers were alloted four compensatory picks in this year’s NFL draft. Two will come in the fourth round and two in the seventh.

The NFL uses some complicated formula that we have no desire to try to figure out, but it accounts for the number of free agents a team lost versus the number they signed. The Packers lost five free agents last offseason and, as you probably guessed, signed none.

The picks are No. 132, 133, 241 and 243. While they can’t be traded, it does give general manager Ted Thompson some flexibility in trading other draft picks. The Packers have a total of 12 picks now.

Defensive end Cullen Jenkins (Eagles), guard Daryn Colledge (Cardinals), running back Brandon Jackson (Browns), guard Jason Spitz (Jacksonville) and fullback Korey Hall (Saints)¬†were the Packers’ free agent losses prior to last season.