Vikings awarded two compensatory picks in 2018 National Football League draft

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The compensatory formula tries to account for those teams who may have lost a significant amount of talent during free agency without being to replace those that left.

This is the next step in determining the entire draft order for 2018 but since there are a few teams tied for picks, they will need to flip a coin at the NFL Combine.

The National Football League announced the compensatory draft picks for the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, and the Kansas City Chiefs will be receiving one extra pick in the process, at the tail end of the sixth round. They signed Stephon Gilmore, Lawrence Guy, and Rex Burkhead.

The leagues hands compensatory picks every year and those picks were released on Friday. This marks the first time since 2011 that Tampa Bay has been awarded a compensatory pick.

Teams can qualify for compensatory picks if they end up with better or more compensatory free agents lost than gained over a given year. The Texans and Cardinals were awarded three picks each.

The move gives the Vikings seven picks in the seven-round draft April 26-28, including the 30th overall pick in the first round. The Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys each were awarded four.

Compensatory picks can be traded, and with 10 selections and almost $26 million in projected salary cap space, the Broncos have options as they begin to retool their roster.

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