Packers awarded four compensatory draft picks

GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WBAY) The Green Bay Packers receive four compensatory draft choices for the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft as announced by the league on Friday.

The Packers are one of the fifteen organizations being awarded a share of the 32 compensatory draft choices this year. The team is receiving the maximum of 4 compensatory draft choices along with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Oakland Raiders. Green Bay will have picks in the fourth (No. 133), the fifth (No. 172,174), and sixth (No. 207) rounds of the draft. As it stands, this brings the Packers total draft picks up to 12 for 2018.

Teams are eligible for compensatory draft choices if a team loses more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires the previous year. The formula for awarding compensatory draft choices factors in salary, playing time, and postseason honors.

Green Bay lost the following free agents in 2017: Jared Cook, Micah Hyde, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Lang, Julius Peppers, and J.C. Tretter.

The team gained the following following free agent in 2017: Jahri Evans.

The 2018 NFL Draft begins on April 26th and will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.