A comprehensive guide to the Vikings compensatory picks situation as it stands now.
An NFL offseason is full to the brim of roster transactions that are almost 100% speculative, attempts to predict the future, as front offices across the league spend millions and millions of dollars hoping it translates to wins on Sundays. That is why I’ve always been drawn to the more calculated gamesmanship opportunities presented by the NFL’s secretive compensatory pick process, it is less crystal ball and more of a game of Stratego.
Like myself, Nick Korte can recall the days when an anonymous internet user named “AdamJT13” posted in various forums, and eventually his own site, attempts to decipher the formula that distributes 32 extra draft picks to teams every year. Those picks are assigned based on how free agency played out during the prior offseason.
Korte calls AdamJT13 a “pioneer” for what he did, making the formula considerably less secretive (but not any less complicated) and notes that his internet absence, which coincided with the signing of the NFL’s newest Collective Bargaining Agreement, left a considerable void for those wanting to be informed on how and why picks are being handed out.
“He stopped issuing comp pick projections when the new CBA was created, and hasn’t been heard from in years,” Korte told me. “But I owe a lot to Adam for doing the real difficult work of discovering some rules with the comp pick formula.”
Korte has been doing great work for Over The Cap to try and pick up where AdamJT13 left off, in addition to running his own Denver Broncos site call “Thin Air” and being a must-follow on Twitter. Since this is the first time in a long time that the Vikings have had such a considerable number of free agents heading out of town, I asked Korte to help us decipher and better understand the big picture on compensatory picks, and he was kind enough to oblige.
And, just in case anyone here wants to hold his Denver loyalties against him, Korte was quick to remind me that they kept the Packers from glory in Super Bowl XXXII and openly admits “I fear that the Broncos may not have repeated had Gary Anderson made that kick.”