Packers have 24th pick in first round

The Green Bay Packers will have the 24th overall selection in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft on April 23-24, the National Football League announced Tuesday. The Packers currently have seven selections in the draft, not including compensatory picks to be awarded by the league in March.<p>

Besides their first round selection, the Packers own two second-round picks, and one each in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh rounds. The Packers used their fifth and sixth round selections last September in a trade with Kansas City for defensive end R-Kal Truluck. Two days prior to the Truluck trade, Green Bay received Oakland's fifth- and sixth-round picks in exchange for safety Marques Anderson. The Packers are obligated to give the Chiefs the worst of the picks in each the fifth and sixth round.

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.

Green Bay finished their 2004 draft by selecting defensive lineman Corey Williams in the sixth round and center Scott Wells in the seventh.

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

2. Miami

3. Cleveland

4. Chicago

5. Tampa Bay

6. Tennessee

7. Oakland

8. Arizona

9. Washington

10. Detroit

11. Dallas*

12. NY Giants (to SD)

13. Houston

14. Carolina

15. Kansas City

16. New Orleans

17. Cincinnati

18. Minnesota

19. St. Louis

20. Buffalo (to Dallas)

21. Jacksonville

22. Baltimore

23. Seattle

24. Green Bay

25. Denver

26. NY Jets

27. Atlanta

28. San Diego

29. Indianapolis

30. Pittsburgh

31. Philadelphia

32. New England

* - The Dallas Cowboys select before the NY Giants due to division tiebreaker (Giants led in head-to-head, defeating Cowboys twice).

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