Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Pack gets extra pick

The NFL yesterday announced the addition of 32 compensatory picks in this year's draft to teams that suffered significant free-agent losses the prior season. The Packers got word that they received an extra fourth-round pick, number 135 overall (last of the round), due to the losses of running back Ahman Green and tight end David Martin. The Packers picked up reserve cornerback Frank Walker, who is already gone to another team. Of the 32 picks, only eight were higher than that the Packers received.

What kind of player can one expect with a compensatory pick? This is the highest the Pack has received since 2002, when it used the pick -- also #135 -- on running back Najeh Davenport. Others selected with compensatory picks include center Scott Wells (seventh), quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (sixth), guard Marco Rivera (sixth), cornerback Tyrone Williams (third), punter Josh Bidwell (fourth), quarterback Aaron Brooks (fourth), tackle Tony Moll (fifth) and end Dave Tollefson and tight end Clark Harris (both seventh).

The Pack now has eight picks, including two each in the second and fourth rounds. Overall, there are three picks in the top 60 and six in the top 135. Not bad. Especially in what GM Ted Thompson and many others consider a deep draft. Thompson is known for parlaying his picks into even more picks. If he feels he can package a pick or two and move down without losing the player he wants while picking up even more picks, you just know that's what his tendency will be.