In addition to the draft picks the Vikings earned from being eliminated in the Conference Championship round of the National Football League playoffs, Minnesota was awarded compensatory picks as well. The Cardinals also got a fourth-round pick (for Tony Jefferson) and a seventh-rounder, while the Texans received two sixth-rounders.
A team who loses more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
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.
The formula for determining where in that four-round range a pick falls is not precisely known but is based on the player's salary, playing time and postseason honors.
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The Vikings benefited from the rule change, when they received the Chiefs fifth-round compensatory pick via trade.
The Bengals were one of four teams (along with Arizona, Houston and Denver) to receive a third-round selection and also gained a fifth-rounder and two seventh-rounders. While the Cardinals don't have their own pick in that round, they will still be selecting in the fourth with one of its compensatory picks.
While all the draft pick numbers aren't official, the Packers should have the following picks: Nos.
Last year, the Giants lost free agents Johnathan Hankins, Robbie Gould, Marshall Newhouse, and Coty Sensabaugh. They added quarterback Geno Smith and tight end Rhett Ellison.