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NFL Awards Compensatory Draft Picks; Vikings Given Two More Selections

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The National Football League released their list of compensatory selections for the 2011 NFL Draft, and the Minnesota Vikings have been awarded two more selection for this year's annual selection meeting.

Minnesota has been given an extra sixth round selection, which will end up being the 200th pick overall, and an additional seventh round pick, which will be the 235th overall selection.

The Vikings got these two picks due to the loss of running back Chester Taylor and offensive lineman Artis Hicks in free agency during the 2010 off-season. I'm not sure how well Hicks performed in Washington, but I'm surprised that the Vikings got anything at all in return for losing Taylor. . .to say that Taylor did squat during the 2010 season with Chicago would be a generous assessment of what he contributed to Chicago's fortunes.

This gives the Vikings nine total draft picks.

Round 1 - 12th pick (12th overall)
Round 2 - 11th pick (43rd overall)
Round 4 - 9th pick
Round 5 - 8th pick
Round 5 - 19th pick (from the New York Giants in the Sage Rosenfels/Darius Reynaud deal)
Round 6 - 7th pick, 35th pick
Round 7 - 13th pick, 35th pick

Keep in mind that compensatory picks can not be traded, so regardless of how much wheeling and dealing the Vikings do during the 2011 NFL Draft, they will definitely be selecting at #200 and at #235 overall.