ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Packers received third- and fifth-round compensatory draft choices, it was announced late this afternoon at the NFL owners meeting. The picks are No. 98 and No. 176 overall, which gives the Packers four of the top 98 picks in the draft.
The Packers didn’t sign any unrestricted free agents in 2013 but lost receiver Greg Jennings and linebacker Erik Walden. In effect, the Packers received a third-rounder for Jennings and a fifth-rounder for Walden.
The formula for awarding compensatory picks is based on how many unrestricted free agents a team signs and loses the previous year. No team can receive higher than a third-round pick, which can't be traded.
According to the NFL, 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.
The Packers had third-round compensatory picks three times in the past: Cletidus Hunt in 1999, Tyrone Williams in 1996 and LeShon Johnson in 1994.
During his nine-year tenure as Packers general manager, Ted Thompson has received 11 compensatory picks, including four in 2012. But the highest pick Thompson has received is a fourth-rounder three different times.
Thompson’s most prominent compensatory draft pick was guard Josh Sitton, who was taken in the fourth round in 2008 and has emerged as the Packers’ best offensive lineman.
Here is a list of the Packers’ compensatory picks under Thompson:
2013 – DE Josh Boyd (fifth round, 167 overall).
2012 – DT Mike Daniels (fourth, 132); S Jerron McMillian (fourth, 133); T Andrew Datko (seventh, 241); QB B.J. Coleman (seventh, 242).
2011 – CB Davon House (fourth, 131).
2010 – T/G Marshall Newhouse (fifth, 169).
2009 – None.
2008 – G Josh Sitton (fourth, 135).
2007 – TE Clark Harris (seventh, 243).
2006 – T Tony Moll (fifth, 165); DE Dave Tollefson (seventh, 253).
2005 – None.