PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Green Bay Packers received four compensatory draft picks from the NFL for their 2011 free-agent losses on Monday: Two fourth-round picks and two seventh-round picks seventh-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft next month.
The Packers announced the picks via Packers.com. Compensatory picks are annually announced at the NFL Meetings, which are taking place at The Breakers this week.
The Packers lost five free agents – left guard Daryn Colledge (Arizona), defensive end Cullen Jenkins (Philadelphia), third-down running back Brandon Jackson (Cleveland), fullback Korey Hall (New Orleans) and center/guard Jason Spitz (Jacksonville) – in free agency last year and did not add any free agents.
So far this offseason, the Packers have lost Pro Bowl center Scott Wells, backup quarterback Matt Flynn and cornerback Pat Lee so far in free agency while adding center Jeff Saturday. The Packers also had defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove in for a visit on Friday and may sign him.
Compensatory picks are made at the end of each round and by rule cannot be traded.
The four compensatory picks give the Packers 12 total picks in the April draft – their own seven picks, the four compensatory selections and the New York Jets’ seventh-round pick after the Packers traded guard Caleb Schlauderaff at the end of training camp. That gives the team three fourth-round picks and four seventh-rounders.
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