Yesterday marked the final day that free agents signed by NFL teams would affect the formula for Compensatory Picks for the 2020 NFL Draft. While the Minnesota Vikings spent most of the offseason projected to receive the complement of four Compensatory Picks in the next draft, according to Over the Cap things have changed a bit.
Over the Cap now has the Vikings receiving three Compensatory Selections in the 2020 NFL Draft: A third-round selection for the loss of Sheldon Richardson, a sixth-round pick for the loss of Latavius Murray, and a seventh-round pick for the loss of Trevor Siemian.
The team had been projected to receive another seventh rounder for the loss of Tom Compton. However, according to the OTC projections, Compton’s average per year (APY) of $1.6 million is now just below the cutoff. The NFL only gives out 32 Compensatory Picks every year, and the last one on OTC’s board is defensive tackle Christian Covington, who the Houston Texans signed to a deal with an APY of $1,687,500.
Now, obviously, these aren’t set in stone yet. . .witness what happened with the Arizona Cardinals and Sam Bradford last year that cost the Vikings a potential third-round pick. However, if these projections hold true, the Vikings already have Rick Spielman’s “magic number” of ten selections going into the 2020 NFL Draft as they didn’t trade any future selections during this year’s selection meeting.
- Round 1
- Round 2
- Round 3
- Round 3 (Compensatory, Richardson)
- Round 4
- Round 5
- Round 6
- Round 6 (Compensatory, Murray)
- Round 7
- Round 7 (Compensatory, Siemian)
We might even see a bit of a resurgence in free agency. . .at least for teams that actually have cap space available. . .as the signings won’t affect this formula any longer. We’ll be keeping an eye on that as well.