You can add four draft picks to the Green Bay Packers collection in next April’s draft.
According to the Packers website, Green Bay received two fourth-round and two seventh-round selections in the 2012 NFL draft for losing Cullen Jenkins, Daryn Colledge, Brandon Jackson, Korey Hall and Jason Spitz in free agency last summer.
The two fourth-round picks come from losing Jenkins to the Philadelphia Eagles and Colledge to the Arizona Cardinals. The two sevenths are for the combination of Jackson (Cleveland Browns), Hall (New Orleans Saints) and Spitz (Jacksonville Jaguars). The four compensatory picks are the most one team can receive in a given year.
The Packers now have 12 total picks in the 2012 draft, including a seventh-round pick the team received from the New York Jets when it traded rookie guard Caleb Schlauderaff during final cut down day.
Packers GM Ted Thompson has typically stuck by the mantra of having as many picks as possible, with the thinking that the more selections you possess, the better chance you have of finding a good football player. But with this much draft capital on board for 2012, it’s possible that Thompson entertains the idea of trading up at some point to acquire help on the defensive side of the ball, much like he pulled off in 2009 to acquire Clay Matthews.
Compensatory picks alone cannot be traded, the influx of new selections does give Thompson some wiggle room to deal the tradable picks.
The fourth-round picks will be No. 132 and 133 overall, while the seventh-rounders are No. 241 and 243.