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Vikings & Packers Compensatory Picks

March 25, 2011

The National Football League awards compensatory picks in its annual draft by crunching numbers within a formula shrouded with more secrecy than the Big Mac’s secret sauce. Simply put, the league awards compensatory picks to teams that lose more in free agency than they gain, and the Vikings and Packers both lost significant players to free agency after the 2009 season.

The Vikings lost guard Artis Hicks and running back Chester Taylor. In compensation, the league awarded the team additional picks in the sixth- (200th overall pick) and seventh-rounds (235th overall).

The Packers lost defensive end Aaron Kampman, and the league awarded the Super Bowl champions an extra fourth-round draft choice (131st overall).

Both teams now have nine picks in April’s draft. The draft kicks off on Thursday, April 28 with the first-round. Friday holds rounds two through three, and the selections wrap up on Saturday with rounds four through seven.

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