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Vikings Awarded 2 Compensatory Picks in 2021 NFL Draft


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings were awarded a pair of compensatory draft picks on Wednesday, meaning Minnesota now has 12 total selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Vikings picked up a fourth-rounder and a sixth-round pick to go along with the 10 selections they already had.

Compensatory picks are determined based on a league-wide formula that accounts for players who departed teams via free agency during the previous offseason. Playing time and contract amounts for those players are also factors.

Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, Andrew Sendejo and Jayron Kearse left the Vikings during free agency in the spring of 2020.

A total of 32 compensatory selections were awarded to 17 different clubs. That is normally the maximum total, which matches the number of teams in the NFL.

This year, under a 2020 resolution in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, an additional compensatory selection was awarded to the 49ers, Rams, Ravens and Saints as part of an initiative to promote equal employment opportunities and a diverse and inclusive workforce. Those selections were placed at the end of the third round.

The value of comp picks has increased because they can also be traded, an initiative the league implemented in 2017.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and his staff now have a dozen picks to work with over seven rounds.

Here is a list all 12 of Minnesota's current 2021 draft picks:

First-Round Pick, 14th overall

Third-Round Pick

Third-Round Pick (from Ravens)

Fourth-Round Pick

Fourth-Round Pick (from Bears)

Fourth-Round Pick (from Bills)

Fourth-Round Pick (compensatory)

Fifth-Round Pick

Fifth-Round Pick (from Steelers)

Sixth-Round Pick

Sixth-Round Pick (compensatory)

Seventh-Round Pick

Minnesota traded its second-round pick of 2021 (and a 2022 conditional pick) to Jacksonville for Yannick Ngakoue before sending the defensive end to Baltimore for a 2021 third-round pick and 2022 conditional pick.