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 Packers lost Mike Flanagan (Houston), Paris Lenon (Detroit), Ryan Longwell (Minnesota), and Craig Nall (Buffalo) in free agency last year. The Packers signed Marquand Manuel, Ryan Pickett, and Charles Woodson.
The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 223 choices in the seven rounds of the draft (April 28-29). 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.
The Packers currently have nine selections in the 2007 draft: their own pick in each of the first six rounds and three -- their own, the N.Y. Jets' choice (Steve Morley trade, Sept. 3, 2005) and the compensatory award -- in the seventh round.
Baltimore and New England each received the maximum of four compensatory picks. The Indianapolis Colts received three. The Packers have received 23 compensatory picks since 1994.
Quick take: The chances of the Packers hitting it big with a seventh round compensatory pick are slim. Since 1996, the Packers have received 10 compensatory picks in the seventh round and only two have made an impact with the team - defensive end Keith McKenzie (1996) and center Scott Wells (2004).
The Packers have missed on the following seventh round compensatory picks: QB Ronnie McAda (1997); WR Charles Lee, LB Eugene McCaslin and RB Rondell Mealey (2000); WR/KR DeAndrew Rubin and WR Carl Ford and Steve Josue (2003); and DE Dave Tollefson (2006).