Packers Compensatory Draft Strategy Pays Off Again

There is a reason why the Green Bay Packers are very selective about the free agents that they sign every NFL off-season and one of the biggest reasons is compensatory draft picks.

It’s no secret that Thompson, the long-time general manager in Green Bay, loves to build through the draft. He is a scout at heart and over the course of his career, he has proven to be a quality drafter, which is why the Packers value compensatory picks so much.

And today, that belief was rewarded as the NFL rewarded the Packers Friday, with two compensatory picks in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Those picks are compensation for the departures of Tramon Williams and Davon House, who signed with the Browns and Jaguars for big money last off-season.

So while it seemed like the Packers were being inactive, the truth was that they trusted the draft process and they got two very good rookie corners. And because they didn’t sign a veteran free agent from another team, they got two fourth-rounders on top of it.

Now, two fourth-round picks may not sound great, but those picks will certainly be nice to have and will give the Packers even more flexibility with nine total picks, six in the first four rounds.

Thompson has also been good at finding of gems in rounds 4-7 of the draft and just some of them include: Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Corey Linsley, David Bahktiari, Sam Barrington, Jeff Janis, Micah Hyde, Mason Crosby and James Starks.

Compensatory picks are also why the Packers are sometimes so selective when it comes to free agents, because if a team signs an unrestricted free agent that can hurt when it comes to the compensatory formula. However, when a team signs a player that was waived or a “street” free agent, it does not.

That’s what I have been advocating for Green Bay to look at players like Jared Cook at tight end or even James Laurinaitis at inside linebacker. Those players will cost little money and will not count against Green Bay when it comes to compensatory picks — which they should receive if Casey Hayward and someone else like James Jones or B.J. Raji or Mike Neal gets a decent contract elsewhere.

The biggest thing to take away is that while it can sometimes be frustrating to watch Thompson do nothing during free agency — remember, it truly is all part of a larger plan.

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9 Comments
Lee Johnson

I think that Abby Janis Nelson Cobb Mongomery are our WR Adams maybe as a 6th. Lacy and Starks are R.B. Rogers and Cook at T.E. Maybe Quarless as a 3rd. Offensive line. We need to keep Tretter. Pay him some money he is worth it. Don Barcarly can go. Draft an O.T. and a Gard. Defensive line find a few in the draft. Hope for ILB. Draft only. You might get a gem. I don’t think A.J. Hawk was as bad as many people claim. Maybe he was losing a step. We are set at C.B. but if we can find a good one. Remember Sam he wasn’t even drafted.

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chris peterson

I agree with pretty much everything you said there. I think they will add guys on the defensive line or pass rushers. They need depth on the def line and at LB. Other than that, they are in a good spot.

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BOB

ANOTHER YEAR OF BEING AN ALSO RAN. THE PACKERS STAND PAT WHILE DIVISION FOES IMPROVE. CAN NOT FILL ALL THE HOLES ON TEAM USING ONLY THE DRAFT ESPECIALLY PICKING TOWARD THE END OF THE ROUND. TT NEEDS TO GET HIS HEAD OUT BEFORE ARRONS ERA IS OVER

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chris peterson

Bob, you’re being dumb. They are the Patriots of the NFC. Who cares about the big deals, all I see is teams overpaying for players that aren’t stars. GB is fine. They were a play from the NFC title game. Missing Nelson and tons of players. Free agency doesn’t work! Look how many guys are cut a year or two after their big deals. Study things a bit and come up with a rational idea. And Rodgers was awful last year. Worst season as a starter. Thats on him and MM. Your best player needs to play like it.

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chris peterson

And Matthews was 26th he had 10.5 sacks as a rookie. Hayward was a 2nd and he has five interceptions. Randall and Rollins both made big impacts as rookies. You are just dead wrong.

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chris peterson

I realize that. I should have clarified that, I will take those guys off the list, I just was thinking of guys drafted later or not drafted at all and added them on.

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Jerry Hansen

How is TT’s philosophy worked out lately? It has NOT made us better. There are too many holes to fill in on this team to expect his 4-7 round picks to fill. TT has an ego all of us Packer fans have to deal with..A-Rods clock is running!

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chris peterson

It’s worked well. They were a play away from the NFC title game. And they were down their top 4 wrs. Nelson is their 3rd best player. He missed all year. Rodgers had his worst year as a starter and they still came close. 7 straight playoff appearances. Won a playoff game 3 of last 4 years. They have enough talent. They are one of the best franchises in football. If you wanna say his philosophy isn’t working then you are being unrealistic. This team is loaded with talent. MM needs to get best out of that talent, he didn’t last year. Simple as that

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