GREEN BAY, Wis. -- By next week, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson will know exactly how many selections he will take into the May 8-10 NFL draft.
As things stand now, he will have seven picks -- one in each round.
But by the end of next week, he should have one or two more at his disposal after the compensatory picks are handed out at the NFL annual meetings in Orlando, Fla.
Although the exact formula for awarding additional picks isn't known, not even to the teams themselves, it is based on the net losses in free agency from the previous offseason.
Combine the fact that the Packers did not sign any unrestricted free agents in 2013 and they lost receiver Greg Jennings (who signed with the Minnesota Vikings) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (Indianapolis Colts), one or two compensatory draft picks should be coming Thompson’s way.
In fact, the website Philly.com predicted the Packers would receive two additional picks -- a third-round selection (for losing Jennings) and a sixth-round pick (for Walden).
Compensatory picks cannot be traded.
Among the players Thompson has drafted with compensatory picks in recent years were: guard Josh Sitton (fourth round, 2008), cornerback Davon House (fourth round, 2011), defensive tackle Mike Daniels (fourth round, 2012) and defensive end Josh Boyd (fifth round, 2013).