Packers, Vikings receive extra picks

March, 25, 2011
3/25/11
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I'm a little late on the uptake here, but in case you haven't heard, the NFL awarded two NFC North teams compensatory draft picks Friday.

The Green Bay Packers received an additional fourth-round pick, No. 131 overall. The Minnesota Vikings received extra picks in the sixth and seventh rounds, Nos. 200 and 235 overall.

Neither the Chicago Bears nor the Detroit Lions qualified for compensatory picks, which are awarded based on a closely-guarded formula designed to compensate teams who lose more value in free agency than they gain the previous season. The Packers lost defensive end Aaron Kampman, while the Vikings lost guard Artis Hicks and tailback Chester Taylor.

My NFC West colleague Mike Sando has compiled a number of helpful tools for absorbing this information. The chart accompanying this post includes total draft picks per team. The Vikings and Packers own nine picks each in this draft. The Bears have six and the Lions have an NFL-low five.

This link, meanwhile, takes you to a download of the round-by-round 2011 draft order.

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