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Packers Awarded an Extra Third and Fifth Round Draft Choice

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Packers Awarded an Extra Third and Fifth Round Draft Choice

The Green Bay Packers were awarded an extra pick in the third and fifth rounds of May's upcoming NFL Draft as a result of losing wide receiver Greg Jennings and linebacker Erik Walden in free agency last season, the league announced on Monday.

Each year the NFL gives 32 compensatory draft choices, the equivalent of one extra round, to teams that lose more free agents than they sign.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
Jennings essentially netted the third round pick after signing a five-year deal worth $45 million with the Minnesota Vikings. Walden garnered the fifth round draft choice after getting a four-year, $16 million deal from the Indianapolis Colts.
The Packers will receive the 34th pick of the third round (98th overall) and the 36th pick of the fifth round (176th overall). Compensatory draft choices cannot be traded.
Green Bay now has at least one draft choice in every round, two in the third and two in the fifth. The Packers also have seven picks in the first five rounds and nine overall.
The Packers are setting themselves up for a similar haul in next year's draft after losing wide receiver James Jones and offensive linemen Evan Dietrich-Smith and Marshall Newhouse as free agents. Because Julius Peppers and Letroy Guion were cut by their former teams, they do not count in the league's formula.
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HankScorpio's picture

Both guys brought in the "best case" estimates. Good deal. An extra day 2 is really nice, especially in a draft that is said to be very deep.

Next year won't even be close. Jones & EDS are in round 6/7 territory. I doubt Newhouse signed for enough $$ to even qualify

4thand1's picture

Ted works his magic once again. One of the best GM's there is. Look for a trade up in the 1st round.

Birney the baker's picture

I disagree with you a little on this 4th and 1. He's not one of the best, he IS the best GM out there. You give Ted extra picks to work with and he's going to tear up this draft again. Absolutely agree Ted will somehow say find a "sucker" to deal with (usually the Patriots lol) and he'll get a pro bowler or two in this draft. Nobody does it better than Teddy Tee!! Nobody!! I love watching the guy do his magic on draft day. He's better than Houdini!!

COW's picture

Yep - best there is.

If we're lucky TT will have the same sort of HUGE success with these comp picks as he's had the last 3 years...

BJ Coleman

4 stiffs
2 average players
1 above average player

That's 1 above average player out of 7 picks (14% for those counting at home)... BEST IN THE BIZ, RIGHT THERE!

Imagine if TT uses picks 98 and 176 to get another Boyd and another House... THE SKY'S THE LIMIT!

4thand1's picture

Fuck you, cow. He's one of the best. If any GM was dumb enough to listen to troll turds like you, they'd probably be working as a greeter at Wal-Mart. You are low life Packer hating scum. You are the least interesting person on earth. Stay thirsty my troll.

HankScorpio's picture

It is particularly disingenuous to cite 7th round comp picks (Datko & Coleman) in an attempt to dismiss the value of an extra 3 & 5. TT has never got an extra 3. Wolf did and he picked LeShon Johnson, Tyrone Williams and Cletidus Hunt. Johnson was a disappointment but Williams and Hunt were not

TT has used (4) 4s as comp picks and got John Sitton, Davon House, Jerron McMillan and Mike Daniels.

TT's (2) 5s have been Newhouse and Boyd.

That's a far different picture than talking about Datko and Coleman.

Being the mirror image of the "homers" you like to poke at makes you more like them than unlike them in my book, A S. Congrats on being just as unable to see things as they really are.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I agree that TT is one of the best GMs. However, a trade up seems unlikely unless TT is absolutely in love with some prospect. Using Drafttek's trade chart, GB could send pick #21 and #85 and move up from 21 to 17, maybe 16. #85 is GB's 3rd round pick. That's a lot to move up just a few spots. Most football sources indicate that the talent level is roughly the same from pick #10 or 12 through 25 roughly, so trading up would be either for need, or someone fell and/or because TT loved a prospect. Plus this is reputed to be the strongest draft pool in recent memory, so a 3rd round pick is pretty valuable.

I personally could see trading down to #26 (Cleveland), #28 (Carolina), or #29 (New England) since each of those teams has a draft pick to send that fits Drafttek's trade chart (i.e. GB would net picks 102, or 92, or 93 respectively depending on which team GB traded with). Trading down to #35 might net GB Cleveland's high 3rd round pick (#71). Not sure that I would be thrilled with that, but some friends argued that GB could still draft Fuller, or Tuitt, etc., at #35. I am not sure if that will turn out to be true or that I even like those players particularly, but I have seen Tuitt mocked anywhere from #20 to #43. I would find it hard to pass on Mosley, Ha-Ha, Ebron, maybe Nix or Evans, should they be available at #21. Maybe TT will consider #26, 28 or 29 if he thinks a player he likes will still be available. At this point I trust in TT not only to make great picks but maybe even to fleece another team with a trade!

HankScorpio's picture

I would gladly sacrifice picking on day 1 for 2 additional picks on day 2.

5 guys in rounds 2-3 would really give the roster the shot in the arm it could use.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Honestly I was hoping for a 3rd and 5th but was expecting a 4th and 6th or 7th. This is great news especially for Thompson. Great draft to have extra picks in the middle rounds.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Wonder if the Colts would trade Walden for a 5?

COW's picture

How 'bout Perry or Mulumba or Palmer for Walden?
Pack could use an upgrade at OLB... and Walden would be just that.

4thand1's picture

Calling you an asshole is an insult to assholes everywhere.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

That's just nonsense. Perry is clearly a better player with more upside than Walden.

HankScorpio's picture

Walden is an upgrade at OLB?

Did you watch him play in GB?

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Can't wait for next year when AS will be telling us how great Newhouse was for the Bengals and how he'd be an upgrade over any lineman we have.

COW's picture

Newhouse sucks.

Walden is better than Perry, Palmer, and Mulumba... and I'm no Walden fan.

Perry is the Finley of OLB's... looks the part... seems like he's always just about to break out... but there's always something "missing".

RC Packer Fan's picture

The Ravens traded Boldin for a 6th round draft pick. Texans traded Matt Schaub for a 6th round draft pick. Saints traded Sproles for a 5th round pick.

Packers essentially traded Walden for a 5th round draft pick. I would have been happy to have received a 7th rounder for Walden. Yeah, I'll take that every time.

HankScorpio's picture

The straight player for pick in the Walden case is a win for the Packers, IMO.

That win is compounded by the fact that Walden isn't chewing up all that cap space in GB.

Clay Zombo's picture

I don't know, Josh Sitton and Mike Daniels are pretty good picks in the 4th round. McMillian sucked as 4th rounder Davon House is ok. Newhouse a 5th rounder is/was serviceable. Boyd has some potential still. Datko and Coleman were 7th round stiffs if that helps any.

I wouldn't say Thompson is the best GM in the NFL because its just not true but at least hes not the worst.

Stroh's picture

The best is subjective, but I would say he's in the top 3-5 for damn sure. Simply put its a matter of opinion of who is THE best, but finding any source that puts Thomspson outside the top few is unlikely.

Go ahead and do a google search on NFL GM's. Thompson is in the top 3 of nearly every rating I found.

PackerBacker's picture

Well, if you believe A S (Cow) ... Ahahahahahaha ... Sorry, I can't do it with a straight face.

TommyG's picture

While we are all disappointed that every draft pick ever made by TT didn't turn into an all-pro, none of us can deny that TT understands the draft-system better than most.

L's picture

Thanks to the signing of "cut" players in FA this year and the departure of some of our own UFA we should be looking at some nice comp picks next year too.

I offer an additional thank you to former Packers - EDS, J.Jones, M.Newhouse, and MD.Jennings for the compensation they may or likely will bring us next year. G.Van Roten was signed by the Seahawks, but I believe the Packers released him outright or "cut" him so we won't receive any compensation for his signing. Anyways, those other players have signed with new teams and now their contracts, playing time, plus performances will work toward generating additional picks for the Packers next year... hurrah!

Not to mention, there's still more players who can earn the Packers picks next year if they sign with new teams too, such as: J.Kuhn, J.Finley (if he's ever cleared), R.Pickett, J.Jolly (also if healthy), CJ.Wilson, M.Flynn, R.Francois, S.Wallace, and K.Bell. If the Packers don't intend on bringing them back (and most I hope they don't) then I'd like to see them find homes with new teams so that they can add to the compensatory picks that the Packers will receive next year. Although, I think the Pack may have some interest in bringing back J.Kuhn on a 1 year deal w/ no or very little money guaranteed if he can't find anything better on the market and possibly M.Flynn on a similar deal in order to raise the competition level in training camp. I think M.Flynn would be expected to push S.Tolzien if he doesn't look really good during the summer QB school and J.Kuhn to raise the level of expectations for pass blocking by the RBs.

Also, I still would like to see the Packers make a team friendly 2-year offer to TE Owen Daniels and at least bring in FS Thomas DeCoud for a look because both of these players would help either bring depth and competition to a position that needs it or present the team with a viable starting asset. Neither player would count against the teams' compensatory picks next year because they were released outright (cut) by there teams this year.

KSchwaggs's picture

Was expecting a 4th for Jennings, looking forward to what TT does with the 3rd rounder!

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