The NFL has awarded the Packers four compensatory selections in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft based on Green Bay’s net loss in free agency from a year ago, announced on Friday.
The Packers will receive an additional fourth-round pick (133rd overall), two fifth-round selections (No. 172, 174) and a sixth-rounder (207) as compensation after losing Guard T.J. Lang, Safety Micah Hyde, Defensive End Julius Peppers, Tight End Jared Cook and Center JC Tretter when their contracts expired last year. The only free agent the Packers gained was Guard Jahri Evans.
The formula takes into account the length and size of the contract the player signed with his new team, plus playing time and any league honors earned.
The four compensatory selections give new Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst a total of 12 choices in this year’s draft. Green Bay already had one extra selection in the seventh round, in addition to its seven standard picks, from the 2016 trade with Buffalo involving LB Lerentee McCray.
The 2018 NFL Draft is April 26-28 inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
(The Green Bay Packers contributed information to this article.)