NFL Announces Compensatory Draft Picks

The Vikings receive no picks, but who got what?

A short while ago, the NFL announced the awarding of compensatory picks in the upcoming NFL draft.  The NFL determines who gets compensatory draft picks, and how many based on a couple of things:

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

It would seem the Vikings would get something for the loss of Jared Allen and Kevin Williams...but keeping in mind these are awarded from last off season, they were awarded no compensatory draft picks in the 2014 draft.  Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Baltimore, and San Francisco all receive a third round compensatory pick.

Overall, 16 teams received at least one pick. The Ravens and Jets each received four picks, while five teams received three.  In the NFC North, the Packers and Lions each received two picks, while the Bears joined the Vikings in the Goose Egg club.

Hopefully next season, the Vikings should get some comp picks for the loss of Allen and/or Kevin Williams.

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