According to a tweet by Michael Signora, the NFL Vice President of Football Communications, the Minnesota Vikings have been awarded two compensatory draft picks. The Vikings will receive a pair of sixth-round picks, numbers 213 and 218 overall, in April’s draft.
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) February 23, 2018
Compensatory picks are rewarded to teams that lose more or better free agents than they acquire. The method of determining which teams receive picks depends on multiple factors, including but not limited to the following:
- How many notable free agents a team signs in the offseason
- The contract value of a team’s departing free agent(s)
- The amount of games played for each player on their new team
- Player performance including postseason honors
Once compensatory picks are awarded, the team receives the selections in the following season’s draft.
This year’s picks were compensation for losing free agents Cordarrelle Patterson and Adrian Peterson last offseason. With the addition of the compensatory choices, the Vikings now have seven draft picks in their arsenal. They are as follows:
- Round 1 – Pick #30
- Round 2 – Pick #62
- Round 3 – Pick #94
- Round 5 – Pick #167
- Round 6 – Pick #204
- Round 6 – Pick #213
- Round 6 – Pick #218