The Minnesota Vikings got an assist with their rebuilding process Monday, when the NFL awarded them 2 compensatory picks in this year’s draft. The Vikings were awarded the 128th and and 134th overall picks, which fall as the No. 33 and No. 39 spots in the 4th round.
This compensation is the result of losing DE Ray Edwards, WR Sidney Rice, QB Tarvaris Jackson and LB Ben Leber to free agency in 2011.
With 2 additional picks, the Vikings hold a total of 10 picks in the 2012 draft. This is the second most in franchise history since 1992 when they had 11.
It is to be noted, that compensatory picks cannot be traded, but just because the Vikings can’t trade the compensatory picks, doesn’t mean they can’t trade other picks instead.
Having these additional picks only creates more options on draft day, which is never a bad thing. It’s tough to see a team drafting and keeping 10 players, so you’d have to think that at least one or two will inevitably get dealt. Any way you slice it, for a team that’s basing it’s future on draft results, it doesn’t get much better than 2 essentially free picks.
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