Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst loves drafts picks. “As many as I can get,” he told reporters on Day Two of the NFL Draft that saw him trade down in the second round twice, collecting two extra draft picks in the process. Well, there is some great news for Gutekunst and the Packers front office: so far, the team is projected to have three extra compensatory picks in next year’s draft. Along with the [likely] first round pick that Green Bay will receive from the New York Jets as part of the Aaron Rodgers trade, it appears as if the Packers will have 10+ draft selections again next offseason.
NFL.com Projects the Green Bay Packers Will Have 3 Compensatory Picks
According to NFL.com, the Packers will receive three compensatory draft picks for losing free agents Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan, Jarran Reed, and Dean Lowry:
Projected compensatory pick: One in Round 5; two in Round 6.
Key free-agent losses: Allen Lazard (Jets), Dean Lowry (Vikings), Jarran Reed (Seahawks), Robert Tonyan (Bears).
Key free-agent additions: None.
Comp-pick analysis: The Packers are losing four qualifying free agents, but I expect them to receive just three compensatory picks due to the relatively low APY of Tonyan’s reported deal (one-year, $2.65 million). Lazard should net a fifth-rounder while Reed and Lowry could return a sixth-rounder each.
If those compensatory picks come to fruition the Packers will have:
- 2 first round picks (one from the New York Jets if Aaron Rodgers plays 65% of snaps; if he does not, it will be a second round pick)
- 1 second round pick
- 1 third round pick
- 1 fourth round pick
- 2 fifth round picks
- 3 sixth round picks
- 1 seventh round pick
That totals 11 picks for the 2024 NFL Draft, which will be plenty of ammunition for Brian Gutekunst as he continues to build his young team.
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