Don’t ask me to explain the system for determining compensatory draft picks because I don’t understand it. I know there’s a formula where they take everyone you lost to free agency and everyone you signed in free agency and work out what your net loss or gain was. The NFL determined that the Vikings were net losers in free agency in 2011 and have therefore given the team a pair of fourth round compensatory draft picks in 2012, bringing their pick total to 10. This was expected to happen so, there’s no need to adjust your draft boards.
The way I understand it, losing Ray Edwards and Sidney Rice was what put the Vikings in the net loss category. So now they’ve got those extra fourth rounders to play with. Two more draft picks is nothing to sneeze at for a team with as many needs as the Vikings. In fact those two additional picks could be huge. They could find another Ciatrick Fason or Nat Dorsey or Shawn Worthen with one of those picks.