NFL Draft 2015

Compensatory Picks And The Minnesota Vikings

I already essentially wrote this article last May, but since the NFL is getting closer to awarding 32 compensatory draft picks to the eligible franchises, I thought I’d take the opportunity to remind you not to get your hopes up.

The NFL has a highly complex and secretive formula it uses to award 32 extra draft picks to franchises just before the Draft takes place. The picks are awarded to teams that lost more players to free agency than they gained. They can be anywhere from third to seventh round picks which is decided on a number of factors like the age, salary, and performances of the free agents each team let leave in free agency and those that they signed.

In May, I predicted that the Vikings would be awarded one seventh round draft pick. Their potential haul was cancelled out due, in large part, to the signings of Linval Joseph, Captain Munnerlyn, and Corey Wootton.

Over The Cap has a comprehensive breakdown of the compensatory draft pick process that can be read right here. Based on their understanding of the formula, which has the potential for some error (as they admit), you can also see their predictions right here. They predict that the Vikings get nothing.

My prediction of a seventh round pick may have been too optimistic, with Josh Freeman not playing an entire season for the Vikings and Kevin Williams signing with the Seahawks way late into free agency, and it is perfectly conceivable that the Vikings get no picks again this year.

Either way, prepare to be underwhelmed. Rick Spielman has his work cut out for him if he really wants to make 10 draft selections again this year.

The league typically announces the compensatory picks during the NFL owner’s meeting which will take place in Phoenix this year. That announcement should come between March 22-25.

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Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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  1. Spielman has been always better than the mock drafts predict. We need Patterson, Rudolph and Kalil to fufill their potential. Dealing Peterson and his ridiculous attitude for picks and cap room and getting Parker, a guard and a homerun type fresh RB would be just about what I expect from Spielman. I would use Patterson as a RB. I’m watching “a football life” on Butkus and Sayers. Patterson runs alot like Sayers. My opinion. Butkus, love that guy. Tear your head off.

    1. I enjoyed the article, and the little Adam Warwas summary below it. I clicked on this site initially with the hopes of hearing that our beloved Vikes were getting some compensatory selections, but I know its a low probability. I too am a lifelong (35 year) Vikings fan, and it has become a lifelong obsession. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I agree with purple helmet that Patterson should be moved to running back soon if he can’t start catching the ball. The kid can flat out make plays with the ball in his hands. And I believe in Speilman, and Zimmer. Now that we have a good coach and quarterback, Speilman and company have an easier task filling in the holes. Can’t wait to see what they do!!!