The Packers received a fifth round pick (165th overall) and a seventh round pick (253rd overall) as the result of losing guard Marco Rivera and defensive back Bhawoh Jue as unrestricted free agents last year. Green Bay also lost guard Mike Wahle and safety Darren Sharper, but released both players from their contracts in salary cap moves, which enabled them to become unrestricted free agents.
The Packers now have seven total selections in the draft, including the fifth overall pick.
Under terms of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in a year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 223 choices in the seven rounds of the draft (April 29-30). This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
Three clubs this year (Buffalo, Seattle and Washington) will receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents these teams lost were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).