4. Packers will likely have 12 draft picks
There’s a high chance the Packers will have 12 swings of the bat in the 2018 NFL Draft. That increases the odds of hitting on a few players who can make an immediate impact.
So far Green Bay owns a pick in each round, and also a seventh-rounder from the Bills as part of the Lerentee McCray trade almost two years ago.
And according to Over The Cap’s latest compensatory draft pick calculations, the Packers will receive four additional selections this year. It is believed they will receive a third-rounder for losing T.J. Lang in free agency last offseason, as well as a trio of fifth-rounders for Micah Hyde, JC Tretter and Jared Cook.
This means the Packers should enter the draft with 12 selections.
It’s also important to note that compensatory picks can be traded. Not only does this put them in a strong position to add talent to the roster, but it also gives Brian Gutekunst flexibility to move around in the draft as he sees fit.
If Gutekunst loves a prospect but has to move up a few spots in order to select him, he has the draft picks to make a strong trade offer.
The Packers will enter April’s draft in a strong position.