Green Bay gained a second-round selection when it traded disgruntled cornerback Mike McKenzie to the New Orleans Saints in early October. As part of the deal, the Packers dealt away a conditional sixth-round selection in this year's draft, and received quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan.
Green Bay finished its 2004 NFL draft with six selections, taking cornerback Ahmad Carroll with the 25th pick of the first round. The Packers took Joey Thomas of Montana State in the third as coach and then-general manager Mike Sherman prepared for not having recalcitrant cornerback Mike McKenzie.
Defensive lineman Donnell Washington of Clemson was the Green Bay's second choice in the third round. The Packers then traded the fourth-round pick (102) they obtained from the Jaguars earlier in the day and a fifth-round pick (153) to Miami for the third-round pick (87) they used for punter B.J. Sander. Sander was picked to replace the departed Josh Bidwell, but struggled in the preseason and was benched all season in favor of veteran Bryan Barker.
Ties in the drafting order are settled by the combined record of the teams' opponents. Teams with the weaker strength of schedule receive drafting priority.
Within a series of tied teams, non-playoff clubs are given priority over playoff clubs. Priority of playoff clubs within a tied series is based on their advancement in the playoffs, but a playoff club cannot drop out of its tied segment unless it participates in the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will select 32nd and the runner-up Philadelphia Eagles 31st.
Here is the first-round order:
1. San Francisco
5. Tampa Bay
12. NY Giants (to SD)
15. Kansas City
16. New Orleans
19. St. Louis
20. Buffalo (to Dallas)
24. Green Bay
26. NY Jets
28. San Diego
32. New England
* - The Dallas Cowboys select before the NY Giants due to division tiebreaker (Giants led in head-to-head, defeating Cowboys twice).