Complete NFL Draft order
Lost in the madness of last week's bracket busting NCAA Tournament was the fact that the NFL released the full official draft order complete with compensatory picks.
A few observations on the compensatory picks and the draft order: the Packers received a fifth round pick for the loss of quarterback Matt Flynn. The hope was it would be a fourth rounder but Ted Thompson knows how to navigate through the later rounds so we'll see how he does with the 167th overall pick. The San Diego Chargers did not receive any compensatory picks. On the surface that may not seem like a big deal. But considering they lost wide receiver Vincent Jackson to free agency it would've been interesting to see what the Chargers would've received for compensation. Jackson signed a five year $55 million deal with the Buccaneers, not too far off from the 5 year $47.5 million maximum deal Greg Jennings signed. San Diego was not awarded a pick because they signed a dozen players in free agency. The NFL using an esoteric formula to figure out compensation that takes into account more than just what a player signed for. Still, it would've been interesting to gauge what the Packers might receive in 2014 for the loss of Jennings.
With the compensatory pick the Packers have eight picks. I've said for awhile that my sense is Thompson will trade down in the early rounds. Thompson loves having a lot of draft picks and eight seems like a low number, especially considering the number of picks other NFC contenders have. San Francisco leads the pack with 14 picks. Three of those picks are compensatory and thus not tradeable but with five of the first 93 picks the 49ers will likely see a number of trade offers. Atlanta and Seattle both have 11 picks and with the Percy Harvin trade the Seahawks have shown they are not afraid to pull the trigger. Minnesota has 10 picks, all of which are tradeable. With two first round picks the Vikings could package the two picks and move up if they have their eye on a particular player. Most surprising: the New England Patriots, who always seem to have multiple first and second round picks, have only four picks this year.