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2012 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Receive Two Compensatory Draft Picks

The Minnesota Vikings, along with fourteen other NFL teams, added to their cache of picks for the 2012 NFL Draft on Monday afternoon, as they received compensatory selections due to net losses in free agency.

According to the NFL's rules, "Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks." The Vikings received two picks because they lost defensive end Ray Edwards, wide receiver Sidney Rice, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and linebacker Ben Leber while gaining. . .and I use that term very, very loosely. . .defensive tackle Remi Ayodele and offensive tackle Charlie Johnson.

Both of Minnesota's selections will be in the fourth round of this year's draft, and they will be the 128th and 134th picks overall. Only one team, the Oakland Raiders, received a higher compensatory pick, as they got a third-round choice (the 95th overall pick).

Compensatory picks can not be traded, so no matter how much wheeling or dealing Rick Spielman does on draft weekend, the Vikings will be selecting at #128 and #134 overall.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.