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Compensatory picks can pay off

Najeh Davenport

The Packers were awarded the league-maximum four free agency compensation picks for use in next month's NFL Draft – that's the good news.<p> These compensation picks are clustered in the sixth and seventh rounds – that's the bad news.<P> Or is it? A savvy GM can unearth hidden treasures with compensatory picks. Some of the names on the list of players acquired this way – including several big-name Packer picks – may come as a surprise.<P>

The compensatory draft picks awarded to Green Bay this year will come in the 6th round at No. 212, and in the seventh round at No. 253, 256 and 257. A prime example of what kind of talent can be secured is Super Bowl XXXVI MVP Tom Brady. The New England Patriots chose the QB in the 2000 draft with one of two compensatory picks the team had in the sixth round. Cardinals free safety Pat Tillman was... Recommended Stories

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