They don’t call him “Trader Ted” for nothing. Green Bay’s Ted Thompson has never shied away from pulling the trigger, having registered NFL Draft day trades all nine years as the team’s general manager.
The native Texan always has said the more bullets you have in your holster, the better chance of hitting your target.
And on Monday, the NFL handed Thompson more ammunition in the form of two compensatory selections, a third-rounder (No. 98) and fifth-rounder (176) for the losses of 2013 unrestricted free agents Greg Jennings to NFC North Division rival Minnesota and Erik Walden to AFC South champion Indianapolis, respectively.
Thompson has missed on his share of extra choices, including tight end Clark Harris in 2007 and safety Jerron McMillian, tackle Andrew Datko and quarterback B.J. Coleman in 2012. However, all but fourth-rounder McMillian were taken in the seventh round.
Thompson’s successes have featured Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton in 2008 and defensive tackle Mike Daniels in 2012, both in the fourth round.
The Packers have had as many as the maximum allowed four compensatory picks, but they haven’t had a third-rounder since they selected Cletidus Hunt in 1999.
More selections doesn’t guarantee drilling the bull’s-eye every time, but it has created many more opportunities for Thompson to maneuver, both up and down, in attempting to find the right players at the right value.
Thompson’s numerous trades have brought such players as defensive back Marviel Underwood, quarterback Ingle Martin and guard Caleb Schlauderaff to Green Bay.
Still, his wheeling and dealing also has accumulated such talent as Jennings, Johnny Jolly, Desmond Bishop, Jordy Nelson, Matt Flynn, Clay Matthews, Morgan Burnett, Casey Hayward, Eddie Lacy and David Bakhtiari to Titletown.
So, Thompson has his customary seven picks and the two coveted compensatory choices. But it’s a good bet that after the three-day affair, Thompson will have made two or three transactions and have pocketed more or less than nine players.
Check out Green Bay’s drafts under Thompson here.