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- This weekend, the Green Bay Packers will welcome another rookie class to their roster through the NFL Draft, held April 28-30 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
- Armed with seven of their own selections – plus two compensatory picks – the Packers will have plenty of opportunities to add more talent and depth to their roster. All picks are eligible to be traded except for the compensatory choices.
- Green Bay enters the draft with a pick in every round, including three selections in the fourth round.
- For the fourth straight year, the event will begin in prime time on Thursday night, with Round 1 on April 28 beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
- Rounds 2-3 also will be held in prime time, beginning on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. CT. Rounds 4-7 will complete the draft on Saturday, April 30, starting at 11 a.m. CT.
- Teams will have 10 minutes in between selections in the first round and seven minutes between each choice for Round 2. Rounds 3-6 will allow up to five minutes in between picks and Round 7 will allow four minutes. All compensatory selections in Rounds 3-7 will be four minutes each. A look at where Green Bay currently stands in the draft order:
- Round Round # Overall #
1 27 27
2 26 57
3 25 88
4 27 125
4 33 131 (comp.)
4 39 137 (comp.)
5 26 163
6 25 200
7 27 248
THOMPSON LEADS PACKERS INTO ANOTHER DRAFT
- GM Ted Thompson enters his 12th draft with the Packers, and he has long viewed the draft as the most important aspect of player acquisition.
- Thompson entered his first draft with Green Bay in 2005 armed with seven picks. Through draft-day trades, he wound up with 11 selections, highlighted by a pair of Pro Bowlers in QB Aaron Rodgers (first round) and S Nick Collins (second).
- In 2006, Thompson began draft day with seven selections, this time turning those seven picks into 12. The class included another pair of Pro Bowlers in LB A.J. Hawk (first) and WR Greg Jennings (second).
- In 2007, Thompson again used draft-day trades to acquire more selections and increase the competition for roster spots. That class included significant contributors such as WR James Jones (third), LB Desmond Bishop and K Mason Crosby (consecutive picks in the sixth round).
- That strategy was also implemented in 2008, as Thompson turned eight choices into 10 draft picks (nine players and a future pick). Selections such as Pro Bowl WR Jordy Nelson (second), TE Jermichael Finley (third) and Pro Bowl G Josh Sitton (fourth) made a significant impact.
- In 2009, the Packers entered the draft with nine selections but made one of the most dramatic moves over the course of the weekend when they traded back into the first round. After selecting DT B.J. Raji with the No. 9 pick, Thompson moved back into the first round to select LB Clay Matthews at No. 26. Though the Packers surrendered a second-round pick and two third-round choices to New England for the opportunity to draft Matthews plus a fifth-round pick, the Southern California linebacker has proven to be well worth it, earning six selections to the Pro Bowl in his first seven years.
- In 2010, Green Bay selected T Bryan Bulaga in the first round at No. 23. He started 33 games from 2010-12 and 27 of 32 over the last two seasons after missing 2013 due to injury. Thompson moved up in the third round to select S Morgan Burnett (No. 71 overall), who has started 71 contests over the past five seasons.
- Seven of the 10 players in the 2011 draft class went on to appear in a game for Green Bay in their first season, highlighted by WR Randall Cobb (second round), who was named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA as a kickoff returner and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014.
- The Packers entered the 2012 NFL Draft with 12 picks and traded up three times. The draft was highlighted by first-round selection LB Nick Perry, who ranks No. 3 in franchise postseason history with six sacks, second-round selection CB Casey Hayward, who led all NFL rookies with six INTs in 2012 and became the first Packers CB to be named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA since the team was first selected in 1974, and fourth-round pick DT Mike Daniels who has worked his way into becoming a consistent contributor, starting all 32 games over the past two seasons.
- In 2013, Thompson entered the draft with eight choices and turned that into 11 picks through draft-day trades, highlighted by RB Eddie Lacy (second round), who was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press, and T David Bakhtiari (fourth round), who became the first Green Bay rookie to start every game at LT since the league went to a 16-game slate in 1978.
- In the 2014 draft, Thompson used four of his first six picks to draft players who all made starts as rookies: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (10), WR Davante Adams (11), TE Richard Rodgers (five) and C Corey Linsley (16).
- Thompson followed up the 2014 draft with another class that saw rookies make an immediate impact. Last year’s draft saw each of the first four selections earn starts: CBs Damarious Randall (nine), Quinten Rollins (four), WR Ty Montgomery (three) and LB Jake Ryan (five).
- Today’s roster consists of 62 players, with 35 being drafted by Thompson. Of the 20 players to start 10 or more games for the Packers in 2015, 19 of them were drafted by Thompson.
DRAFT HEADQUARTERS AT PACKERS.COM
- For Packers fans, the team’s official website is the best source for up-to-the-minute information on draft weekend and the only place to see live press conferences from Lambeau Field in their entirety, in addition to an exclusive sneak peek into the Packers’ Draft Room.
- In a special weekend feature, Packers.com will provide biographical information on each Packers pick as it happens, with additional coverage by the Packers.com writers.
- Packers.com is the only place to see press conferences in their entirety, featuring General Manager Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, assistant coaches and members of the personnel and scouting staff. All press conferences on the site will be carried live and also posted for later viewing.
- Packers.com also is pleased to provide an exclusive peek into the Packers’ Draft Room with the 2016 Draft Cam. This unique, behind-the-scenes camera will provide updated images every minute during the draft.
- Fans can watch the draft unfold as it happens on NFL.com, which will stream NFL Network’s live telecast and have instant pick-by-pick analysis from the NFL.com team, as well as an up-to-the-minute draft tracker for all seven rounds.
- Follow the Packers on Twitter (@packers) and become a fan on Facebook for live updates from Lambeau Field throughout the three days of the 2016 NFL Draft.
- Watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos with insight from Packers.com’s writers.
WHO HAS BEEN THERE AT NO. 27?
- With its 10-6 record and a loss in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Green Bay will have the No. 27 selection in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
- So when was the last time the Packers chose at No. 27? It was 1996, when Green Bay selected T John Michels.
- While first-round choices certainly can be the cornerstone of a franchise, as Thompson has shown with Pro Bowl selections QB Aaron Rodgers (2005), LB A.J. Hawk (2006), LB Clay Matthews (2009) and DT B.J. Raji (2009), and starters T Bryan Bulaga (2010) and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, second-round selections can prove to be just as valuable. WRs Jordy Nelson (2008) and Randall Cobb (2011) were both picked in the second and became the first duo in NFL history to both have 90-plus receptions, 1,200-plus yards and 12-plus touchdown receptions in the same regular season (2014). Other second-round picks included CB Casey Hayward (2012), who became the first CB in franchise history (since 1967) to be named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA, and RB Eddie Lacy (2013), who was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press and earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2014. Lacy is the only Packer to post 1,000-plus rushing yards and 10-plus total touchdowns in both of his first two seasons.
- With 22 starters and a 53-man roster, selections in the third round often turn into significant contributors for a team. WR James Jones (2007), TE Jermichael Finley (2008), S Morgan Burnett (2010) and TE Richard Rodgers (2014) were all third-round choices under Thompson.
- The fourth and fifth rounds have also been a spot the Packers have found starters. Of the Packers’ five starters on the 2014-15 offensive lines, four were drafted in the fourth or fifth round: G Josh Sitton (2008/fourth round), G T.J. Lang (2009/fourth round), T David Bakhtiari (2013/fourth round) and C Corey Linsley (2014/fifth round). A mainstay on the Packers’ defensive line over the last few seasons, DT Mike Daniels (2012), was also drafted in the fifth round. Green Bay has also found key contributors on both sides of the ball in the fourth and fifth rounds: C/G JC Tretter (2013/fourth) DB Micah Hyde (2013/fifth), DE Josh Boyd (2013/fifth), TE Andrew Quarless (2010/fifth) and LB Jake Ryan (2015/fourth).
- Green Bay has received contributions from several late-round picks during Thompson’s tenure, including DT Johnny Jolly (2006/sixth round), LB Desmond Bishop (2007/sixth round), K Mason Crosby (2007/sixth), QB Matt Flynn (2008/seventh), LB Brad Jones (2009/seventh), RB James Starks (2010/sixth), DE C.J. Wilson (2010/seventh), LB Sam Barrington (2013/seventh) and WR Jeff Janis (2014/seventh).