Vikings miss 2022 compensatory draft picks
Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell: Photo Via: Star Tribune.
On Tuesday afternoon, the compensatory picks for the 2022 NFL Draft were officially announced. A grand total of 39 caps were distributed from rounds three through seven among 15 teams. However, one team that completely missed out on getting an extra draft pick was the Minnesota Vikings.
This is very unsurprising given that the Vikings have been extremely active during the 2021 free agency period while retaining their top contributors from the 2020 season. Of course, their spending spree from a year ago included players like Patrick Peterson, Xavier Woods and Bashaud Breeland.
While it’s no surprise the Vikings haven’t received any compensation, this is relatively new territory for the franchise. It’s the first time since the 2017 draft that the Vikings won’t receive a compensatory draft pick.
Making it a bigger loss, in each of those drafts the Vikings had multiple compensating picks. More recently, you may recall the Vikings sent No. 143 to the Jets as part of the trade that helped MInnesota land the 23rd overall pick where they selected Christian Darrisaw in 2021. They have also dealt No. 223 in the 2021 draft to the Arizona Cardinals. in exchange for Mason Cole. Cole has started seven games for the Vikings between guard and center over the past year.
Finally, this lack of compensation means that barring a trade, the Vikings will actually head into the April draft with eight selections. They are the following:
- First Round (#12)
- Second Round (#46)
- Third Round (#77)
- Fifth lap via BAL (#156)
- Sixth round via NYJ (#184)
- Sixth Round (No. 192)
- Sixth round via KC (#209)
- Round seven via DEN (#233)