The Minnesota Vikings have been awarded two additional selections in the 2011 NFL Draft, thanks to the National Football League's compensatory draft pick process.â†µ
The compensatory draft pick process is done by the National Football League in order to help teams compensate for losing free agents during the previous off-season. In this case, the league determined that the losses of offensive lineman Artis Hicks and running back Chester Taylor were significant enough that the Vikings should be given additional draft picks to offset those losses. Compensatory fall after the 32 picks that make up a particular round, which means that no compensatory pick can be any higher than the 33rd selection in a particular round.
The selections that were awarded to the Vikings are the 35th selection in the sixth round, which will be the 200th selection overall, and the 35th selection in the seventh round, which will be the 235th overall pick.â†µ
Compensatory picks can not be traded, so no matter how much wheeling and dealing the Vikings might do with their other seven picks, they will definitely be selecting at number 200 and number 235 overall.â†µ