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NFL gives Packers 2 compensatory draft picks

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The Green Bay Packers were awarded two sixth-round compensatory draft picks for their 2014 free agent losses, the NFL announced Monday.

The Packers will get picks No. 210 and 212, both at the end of the sixth round, bringing the team's total number of draft picks to nine. It is the sixth consecutive year the Packers have received compensatory picks.

The NFL handed out 32 picks to 14 teams on Monday.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks. NFC champion Seattle, Denver and Kansas City each were awarded four compensatory picks in this year's draft, which will be held April 30-May 2 in Chicago. The picks are tacked on to the end of each normal 32-selection round of the draft. The picks cannot be traded, and each team can receive up to four compensatory picks. The earliest the pick can come in the draft is in the third round, starting with Super Bowl winner New England with the 97th overall choice.

The Packers lost four unrestricted free agents - center Evan Dietrich-Smith, wide receiver James Jones, defense end C.J. Wilson, and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse - and signed none. The value of compensatory picks is based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. Only Dietrich-Smith, Jones and Wilson were considered in the Packers' net loss, according to the NFL.

Since compensatory picks began being awarded, the Packers have received 35, the second most of any team in the NFL behind Baltimore's 44.
Here are the Packers' 2015 draft selections:

No. 30 (1st round), No. 62 (2nd), No. 94 (3rd), No. 129 (4th), No. 166 (5th), No. 205 (6th), No. 210 (6th), No. 212 (6th), No. 247 (7th)

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