GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers were awarded a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft Friday as compensation for the loss of cornerback Casey Hayward in free agency last year.
The pick will be the 39th of the fifth round and No. 184 overall.
Signed by the San Diego Chargers last offseason to a three-year contract worth slightly more than $15 million, Hayward started 14 games, made a league-high seven interceptions and earned a Pro Bowl berth.
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A total of 32 compensatory draft choices were awarded to 16 teams, the league announced. The NFL uses a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors to determine how to compensate teams that lose free agents.
For the first time this year, teams have the option of using compensatory draft picks in trades.
Also Friday, the Packers announced the hiring of Matt Malaspina as a college scout. Malaspina spent the last 11 years with the San Francisco 49ers, the last three as director of college scouting.