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Packers Land Four Compensatory Picks

Here was the Ted Thompson strategy perfectly at play. Lose free agents. Don’t sign any free agents. Gain compensatory draft picks.

The Packers will have four in the 2018 draft.

Compensatory picks, through a much-guarded NFL formula, are awarded at the ends of round three through the end of the draft. What is surprising is that the Packers didn’t get one in round three.

Most everyone was almost certain that the Packers would get a pick there for losing T.J. Lang. We know the formula is loosely based on the amount of a player’s contract and his performance, so in the case of losing Lang, the Packers should have won.


The Packers’ compensatory picks are a fourth-round pick (No. 133 overall), two fifth-round picks (Nos. 172 and 174) and a sixth-round pick (No. 207).


The good news is these picks can be traded. So maybe new GM Brian Gutekunst will wheel two fourths and three fifths for a third?

Frankly, anything would be better than the Ted Thompson strategy of trading a second for 14 seventh-round picks.

Just gotta have more picks than everyone else! We’ll hit on some of them!

Sure you will, Trader Ted. Sure you will.

Joseph Bonham

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  1. cz February 23, 2018

    thanks for the info!

  2. Cheese February 23, 2018

    Totally worth losing Lang, Hyde, Cook, and Tretter. I’d be surprised if two of these compensatory picks became more than just “guys” on the roster.

  3. Sanquine camper February 24, 2018

    Packers got screwed by the league again. What’s new about that.

  4. Savage57 February 24, 2018

    This is one of those Mick Jagger deals where you didn’t get what you wanted, but you get what you need.

    With all the holes to fill in this team, 12 picks is a good start.

  5. Gort February 24, 2018

    The following must not happen with early draft choices: No projects. No conversions from defensive line to linebacker. No basketball players who are wannabee DB or TE or WR or anything. No guys that had 1 good bowl game after an otherwise mediocre career. No guys are “going to be fine when they finally get healthy”.

    I understand that the draft is always a risk, but with so many needs, this year they should take the best player available no matter what position he plays.