The Green Bay Packers are always among the NFL leaders in compensatory draft picks awarded each season and it looks like that trend is going to continue in 2015.
According to a projection from overthecap.com, a trusted source on the subject, the Packers are in line to get two compensatory picks, each coming in the sixth round.
That is thanks to the Packers losing three unrestricted free agents last off season in wide receiver James Jones, center Evan Dietrich-Smith and defensive lineman C.J. Wilson. While, the only veteran of consequence the Packers signed last off season — Julius Peppers was waived, so his signing was not calculated into the compensatory formula.
Generally, if an unrestricted free agent, a player with four accrued seasons, signs with another team and his previous team doesn’t sign a free agent to match his departure, then said team will be awarded an extra draft pick. The league gives out a total of 32 using a formula to see what compensation each team deserves.
Green Bay for instance signed zero unrestricted free agents, which is why the Packers will get two maybe even three extra picks in rounds 6 or 7 of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Picks like that are always valuable but they are even more so in the hands of Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson.
Just a few examples of sixth and seventh-round picks that have contributed under Thompson include Desmond Bishop, Brad Jones, Sam Barrington, Mason Crosby and James Starks just to name a few.
Green Bay plans on compensatory picks and it’s why the team sometimes appears to let a player go for nothing or fail to sign another player to replace. It’s done that way on purpose to get the extra pick, which gives Thompson and his incredible team of scouts an extra pick to search even harder for the next great diamond in the rough.