In his first draft, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst will have a nice haul of extra picks at his disposal. The Packers were awarded four compensatory picks Friday in the 2018 draft: a fourth-round pick (No. 133 overall), two fifth-round picks (Nos. 172 and 174) and a sixth-round pick (No. 207). In all, the Packers’ 12 draft picks will be their most since 2006, Ted Thompson’s second year as general manager. The compensatory picks were gained through the NFL’s compensation formula for players departing via free agency the previous year. The Packers lost guard T.J. Lang, running back Eddie Lacy, safety Micah Hyde, center JC Tretter, tight end Jared Cook and edge rushers Julius Peppers and Datone Jones during free agency last offseason. A total of 32 compensatory draft choices were awarded to 15 teams, the league announced. The NFL uses a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors to determine how to compensate teams that lose free agents.
Packers awarded four compensatory draft picks
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 24