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NFL Draft Update

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The NFL handed out 32 compensatory picks on Monday and the Packers were awarded two fourth rounders and two seventh rounders.


The picks are given as compensation to teams that have lost players in free agency.  The thinking was there was a chance the Packers would get a third rounder for the loss of Cullen Jenkins but obviously it turned out to be a fourth rounder.


The compensatory picks cannot be traded but with the Packers already had an additional pick from the Jets along with the usual seven picks so GM Ted Thompson will have plenty of ammo to wheel-and-deal during draft weekend.


Meanwhile, draft activity is picking up with teams gaining and losing picks.  With the punishment handed down by the NFL for running a bounty system the New Orleans Saints lose their second round pick this year and next.  The Saints traded away their first rounder to New England last year so the Saints won't have any picks until the third round.


Of course there was the blockbuster trade between Washington and St. Louis.  The Redskins traded up to the number two pick and the likely selection of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.  The Rams drop back to the sixth spot and they get Washington's second rounder this year along with first round picks in 2013 and 2014.


And in case you were in outer space last week the Jets traded away a fourth and sixth round pick for Tim Tebow and Denver's seventh round pick.  With the acquisition of Peyton Manning the Broncos came to the same conclusion that 30 other NFL teams came to regarding Tebow: intangibles will only take you so far.  And in the process the Broncos net an additional pick.  Advantage Denver.

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