The 2021 NFL Draft is now 50 days away and the Vikings have added two additional picks to their original ten. According to multiple reports Minnesota is receiving an additional fourth and sixth round compensatory draft pick.
This is good news for a Vikings regime that has shown over the last several years that they have no problem with moving up or down in the draft order. Many analysts see the Vikings as a likely trade-back candidate in the first round if it means they’re able to recoup a second-round pick that was lost in the trade for Yannick Ngakoue.
A trade back would make a lot of sense, especially if the Vikings don’t like how the first 13 picks go. These extra compensatory picks give the Vikings even more room to jump up on day two if they see a prospect they like start to slide.
The more draft picks a team has the better, and the Vikings now have 12 total picks as we sit 50 days out from the first draft jingle. Last season Rick Spielman traded back several times and ended the 2020 Draft with 15 total selections, meaning the Vikings could have at least 27 picks in a two-year span.
Rebuilding the team from the ground up wasn’t a likely option with Spielman and Mike Zimmer’s jobs potentially on the line, so getting as much draft capital in back to back draft classes seems like the best possible option.
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