Thursday, February 20, 2014
Packers have 7 draft picks, more coming?
By Rob Demovsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- As things stand Thursday, the first day of the NFL combine, the Green Bay Packers have seven picks in the 2014 draft.
Beginning with the 21st pick overall, general manager Ted Thompson owns his own selection in each round.
Knowing how Thompson covets what he calls "more swings at the plate," that could change. In his nine years in charge of the Packers' draft, he has selected 87 players, or an average of 9.7 per year.
The Packers will be awarded at least one and possibly two compensatory picks, which are expected to be handed out next month at the NFL annual meetings, based on losing free agents Greg Jennings and Erik Walden last offseason (and not signing any themselves).
And then there's Thompson's penchant for trading down for more picks.
Last year, he ended up with 11 selections.
As of Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers have the most selections in this year’s draft with 11. The Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars each have 10.
Much of Thompson's draft strategy will be formed here at Lucas Oil Stadium over the next several days. Thompson and Packers coach Mike McCarthy are scheduled to speak to reporters here tomorrow.
Here's a look at how many players the Packers have drafted since Thompson took over as general manager:
- 2005: 11
- 2006: 12
- 2007: 11
- 2008: 9
- 2009: 8
- 2010: 7
- 2011: 10
- 2012: 8
- 2013: 11