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Over the Cap’s final projections still show three compensatory picks for the Vikings

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Yep, the Cardinals still appear to have hosed us

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The Minnesota Vikings, along with 23 other less-important NFL teams, can start looking forward to the 2019 NFL Draft. In a scenario that Vikings fans aren’t really accustomed to, the team should be in line for a bevy of late-round draft choices for this year’s selection meeting.

The folks from Over the Cap. . .who have been very accurate over the years in projecting these sorts of things. . .have released their final projections for the 2019 compensatory picks. They have the Vikings receiving three Compensatory Draft Selections in the 2019 NFL Draft. They are projected to receive a sixth-round choice to compensate for the loss of Teddy Bridgewater, and seventh-round picks to compensate for the losses of Tramaine Brock (which is still pretty hilarious) and Shamar Stephen.

The Vikings were originally slated to receive a third-round compensatory selection for the loss of quarterback Sam Bradford, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals. However, since the Cardinals released Bradford before Week 10 of the NFL season, Over the Cap believes that Bradford will not count towards the Compensatory Picks formula for this year. It would be pretty awesome if he did, but it doesn’t sound like something we should be holding our collective breath over.

With that in mind, it appears that the Vikings’ draft selections are as follows

  • First-round pick (#18 overall)
  • Second-round pick (#50 overall)
  • Third-round pick (#82 overall)
  • Fourth-round pick
  • Fifth-round pick (traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Trevor Siemian)
  • Sixth-round pick
  • Sixth-round pick (compensatory)
  • Seventh-round pick (traded to the New York Giants in exchange for Brett Jones)
  • Seventh-round pick (compensatory)
  • Seventh-round pick (compensatory)

That still leaves the Vikings with eight picks. . .but man, that extra Day 2 selection would have been nice, wouldn’t it? Maybe the NFL will see their way clear to making that happen, but I have my doubts.