Green Bay came away with two 4th round compensatory draft picks earlier today. The Packers will now have nine selections in the 2016 NFL Draft next month. The team was awarded two late fourth round picks (#131 and #137) by the NFL for losses in free agency after the 2014 season.
With the newly awarded compensatory picks Green Bay will pick at round 1: #27, #57, #88, #125, #131, #137, #163, #200 and #248 in April’s Draft.
The Pack lost two corners, Tramon Williams and Davon House to free agency before the start of last season and the reason why the NFL awarded the extra fourth round picks.
The Packers will likely pursue a linebacker and tight end in the draft since they have been relatively quiet since free agency began earlier in the week. The only move the team has made was signing backup offensive lineman Vince Kowalski.
Compensatory picks may not be traded. Starting in 2017 the league will ease that restriction and allow teams to move the picks if they choose to do so.
The Lions picked up the highest compensatory pick in the 2016 draft. The NFL awarded them pick #95 in the 3rd round. It’s widely assumed that Detroit was given that pick because they lost Ndamukong Suh to Miami before the 2015 season via free agency.
Several teams like the Titans, Colts, Saints and Raiders did not receive any compensatory picks at all for the draft next month. The Patriots, Cowboys and 49ers received the most, picking up four apiece.