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NFL meetings day 1: Packers receive maximum compensatory picks (updated)

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The free-agent frenzy that followed the lockout last July, when the Packers lost five unrestricted free agents, netted them four compensatory picks in next month's draft. That's the maximum number of compensatory picks a team can be awarded in a complicated formula that takes into free agency losses and gains. For that, they received two extra picks in the fourth round and two more in the seventh round. They also have the New York Jets' seventh-round pick they acquired in a trade for offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff, giving them a total of 12 picks in the 2012 draft. The exact position in the fourth and seventh round of those picks was not†immediately available but those picks are added at the end of the round, beginning in the third round. Compensatory picks cannot be traded. UPDATE (3:19 p.m.): The compensatory picks are the 37th and 38th picks in the fourth round (Nos. 132 and 133 overall) and 34th and 36th in the seventh round (Nos. 241 and 243 overall). "I think itís opportunity," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said. "Itís incumbent upon us to do a good job with them and having the extra picks, itís another opportunity, and you guys will be the judge if we do it well or do it badly." When the lockout ended last summer, the Packers lost defensive end Cullen Jenkins (Eagles), guard Daryn Colledge (Cardinals), running back Brandon Jackson (Browns), guard Jason Spitz (Jacksonville) and fullback Korey Hall (Saints) in free agency. †The Packers did not sign any free agents last offseason. Among the players the Packers picked with compensatory picks in the past were: Marco Rivera, Tyrone Williams, Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks, Scott Wells, Marshall Newhouse and Josh Sitton.  

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