Packers get an extra pick

The National Football League Monday awarded the Green Bay Packers one compensatory selection in the April 24-25 NFL Draft. The Packers envisioned receiving more selections based on the free agents that went to other teams in 2003.<p>

The NFL awarded Green Bay the 50th pick in the seventh round, or the 251st overall pick. The Packers now have a total of eight selections, one each in rounds 1-6, and two in the seventh round.

The Packers lost free agents DE Vonnie Holliday, DT Billy Lyon, CB Tod McBride and CB Tyrone Williams last off-season, but signed FB Nick Luchey, LB Hannibal Navies, DT/DE Chukie Nwokorie and G/C Grey Ruegamer.

Mark Hatley, Green Bay's vice president of football operations, said in a published report in February that he felt the Packers would receive at least three compensatory selections. In 2003, the Packers received one pick in sixth round and three in the seventh even though the players they lost as unrestricted free agents in 2002 received about $1 million more in signing bonuses than the players that they signed.

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