The Green Bay Packers picked up a pair of additional fourth-round selections when the NFL awarded compensatory draft picks on Friday.
Green Bay was awarded the 131st overall selection for losing Tramon Williams to the Cleveland Browns and the 138th overall selection for losing Davon House to the Jacksonville Jaguars during free agency last year. Pick No. 131 is the first selection at the end of the fourth round. No. 137 is the seventh of nine fourth-round compensatory picks.
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The No. 1 factor in determining who gets what picks is average salary, though playing time and postseason honors also are factors.
This year, 13 teams were granted a total of 33 compensatory picks. Dallas, New England and San Francisco earned four apiece. The earliest a pick can be awarded is the third round. Detroit (for Ndamukong Suh), New England (Darrelle Revis), Seattle (Byron Maxwell) and Dallas (DeMarco Murray) gained third-round picks — at No. 95 through No. 98, respectively.
The Packers also gained a pair of fourth-round picks in 2012, which they used on defensive tackle Mike Daniels and safety Jerron McMillian. In 2015, the Packers selected defensive tackle Christian Ringo (sixth round) and tight end Kennard Backman (sixth round). In 2014, the Packers picked tight end Richard Rodgers (third round) and receiver Jared Abbrederis (fifth round). In 2013, the Packers wound up with defensive tackle Josh Boyd (fifth round). In addition to Daniels and McMillian, Green Bay gained seventh-rounders that it used on offensive tackle Andrew Datko and quarterback B.J. Coleman.
Other noteworthy Green Bay compensatory picks were cornerback Davon House (fourth round, 2011), guard Josh Sitton (fourth round, 2008), center Scott Wells (seventh round, 2004), quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (sixth round, 1998), cornerback Tyron Williams (third round, 1996) and guard Marco Rivera (sixth round, 1996).
Since the creation of the compensatory-pick system in 1994, the Packers have been awarded 37 compensatory picks. Only Baltimore (47) has been awarded more. Dallas, which gained four additional picks for this year’s draft, also has been awarded 37 selections.
Compensatory picks may not be traded, though that will change beginning next year.
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