Yesterday, the National Football League announced the distribution of the compensatory picks that teams received for their free agent losses from last season. As is usually the case, the Minnesota Vikings received zero compensatory picks. . .they weren't alone, as only 13 teams received the 33 "extra" draft picks. Since the compensatory draft pick process started in 1994, the Vikings have only been awarded 17 compensatory selections. Only nine teams have been given fewer.
Now that those selections have been distributed, we now know exactly where the Vikings' selections in the 2016 NFL Draft sit. Let's take a look at where those selections are currently at.
|6||5||180||Acquired along w/Nick Easton from 49ers in exchange for Gerald Hodges|
|7||19||240||Acquired from Bills in exchange for Matt Cassel|
As the Vikings aren't "tied" with anyone at the same spot as they are, they are positioned in the same #23 spot in six out of the seven rounds of this year's draft. The exception is the sixth round, as the Vikings sent their own sixth-round pick (#198 overall) to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles last season.
So, if Rick Spielman wants his ten picks to use in the 2016 NFL Draft, he's 80% of the way there. With the way the Vikings' roster is loading up with talent, it will be interesting to see if Spielman still holds to that philosophy.