The post-Super Bowl XLV free agency defections that took place in a matter of days at the end of last year's lockout will result in the Packers getting four additional draft choices next month. On Monday, the NFL awarded 32 compensatory draft picks to teams that suffered losses in free agency last year. Green Bay was among the hardest hit as Cullen Jenkins signed with Philadelphia, Daryn Colledge with Arizona, Brandon Jackson with Cleveland, Jason Spitz with Jacksonville and Korey Hall with New Orleans. General Manager Ted Thompson responded to the losses by not signing a single free agent heading into the 2011 campaign but the payback has arrived with the Packers getting awarded a league maximum four compensatory picks. The highest round allowed for compensation is the third but only one of those was awarded, to the Oakland Raiders for losing Pro Bowl defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles. The remaining picks are spread out at the end of rounds four through seven. Two of the Green Bay picks are in the 4th round, back to back at numbers 132 and 133. The remaining two are late 7th rounders, picks 241 and 243. If you throw in the trade of last year's late pick Caleb Schlauderaff to the New York Jets for a 7th rounder, the Packers will now have 12 picks in next month's draft beginning with the 28th selection of the first round. Compensatory picks can not be traded.
The Packers have taken free agent hits again this off-season with backup quarterback Matt Flynn signing with Seattle, Pro Bowl center Scott Wells with St. Louis and backup defensive back Pat Lee with Oakland. But the Packers have also added a pair, veteran Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday and defensive tackle Daniel Muir, both from the Indianapolis Colts. Thompson may not be done spending. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove of Seattle was in Green Bay for a visit last week but no contract offer has apparently been made. New York Giants defensive end, Dave Tollefson, a former Packer draft pick and Buffalo Bills starting left tackle Demetrius Bell are scheduled for visits.