Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/14/13

GREEN BAY, WI - 2009: Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by NFL Photos)
GM Ted Thompson likes to 'window shop' during free agency. The level headed talent evaluator likes to retain his own talent rather than pay for an unknown entity. In keeping with that mode of operation, he also is adept at letting a player go a year too soon, rather than a year too late. One facet that often gets overlooked is receiving compensation picks for quality starters that if the Packers choose not to re-sign, they will receive selections that become building blocks for the future. According to Mike Spofford of Packers.com, the team has used these picks adeptly. Spofford writes: 'Compensatory choices are awarded based on an undisclosed formula that calculates a team’s net loss in free agency from the previous year. It’s not particularly exciting news or entirely understood, but it’s worth noting the players the Packers have acquired over the years with these extra choices. On the current team, two-fifths of the starting offensive line in right guard Josh Sitton (fourth round, 2008) and left tackle Marshall Newhouse (fifth round, 2010) were selected with compensatory picks, plus a potential starting cornerback in Davone House (fourth round, 2011). Additional defensive prospects were added last year in lineman Mike Daniels and safety Jerron McMillian (both fourth round). There’s no telling in advance what kind of player the Packers will find in their compensatory slot this year. It isn’t as high as where Sitton and House were selected, in the 130s, but No. 167 is two spots ahead of where Newhouse was picked three years ago.'   var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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