Packers to be awarded bonus draft pick when they host 2025 NFL Draft

The Packers will likely receive an additional draft pick in 2025.
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The Green Bay Packers love to stock up on draft picks.

General manager Brian Gutekunst has led seven draft classes, with the Packers picking a total of 72 times, an average of 10.29 selections per draft. Under Gutekunst, Green Bay has made double-digit selections four times and never had fewer than eight picks in a draft.

Next year, the NFL Draft is coming home to Green Bay. New Packers players will be announced at Lambeau Field, making it a memorable and special occasion for the fans. It promises to be one of the most unique drafts in history.

Currently, the Packers have seven selections, one in each round. However, a bonus pick could be on the way.

Packers projected to receive 2025 compensatory draft pick despite free agency spending

The Packers rarely spend big money in free agency, often resulting in receiving multiple compensatory draft picks—they had three in 2024.

Even after signing Josh Jacobs and Xavier McKinney in this year's free agency, the Packers are expected to receive a compensatory selection in the 2025 NFL Draft. Over The Cap is usually on the money with its projections, and it has Green Bay receiving an additional seventh-round pick in 2025.

Compensatory picks are determined by a team's work in the previous offseason's free agency. If you lose more players than you bring in, you will likely receive bonus picks. Big spenders often receive no compensatory selections. Over The Cap uses a "cancellation chart" to track the incomings, outgoings, and the contracts they sign.

Here are the key takeaways for the Packers:

  • Signings of McKinney and Jacobs are cancelled out by the losses of Jon Runyan Jr. and Darnell Savage Jr.
  • Loss of Yosh Nijman is projected to land Packers a seventh-round pick

That would take the Packers' total number of picks to eight—one in each of the opening six rounds and two in the seventh.

The Packers are expected to compete in the NFC North and likely won't be sellers before the trade deadline, taking away the possibility of landing another premium pick like the third-rounder they received in the Rasul Douglas deal last year.

If Gutekunst wants to add more draft capital, the best bet is to trade down on draft night.

Either way, eight picks are more than enough to work with, and each one will be exciting as they get announced live from Green Bay.

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