Vikings receive two compensatory picks in 2018 NFL Draft
- Author: Regina Holmes Feb 24, 2018,
Feb 24, 2018, 7:05
The NFL officially announced compensatory picks on Friday, and the Giants get the extra fourth-rounder because defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins signed with the Indianapolis Colts during free agency previous year.
They originally had six selections prior to getting a compensatory pick after giving up a seventh-rounder to acquire QB Cardale Jones from the Bills last July.
In addition to holding the No. 2 pick in the fourth round by virtue of having the second-worst record in the National Football League in 2017, the Giants also received a fourth-round compensatory pick, the National Football League announced Friday. Receiving four picks was tied for the most in the National Football League along with 14 other teams.
Compensatory draft picks are based on how many compensatory free agents a team losses.
NFL Vice President of Communications Michael Signora tweeted out the compensatory picks on Friday, as there were a total of 32 picks given out.
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The Vikings and Packers were the only NFC North teams to be awarded with 2018 compensatory picks. Both picks are in the sixth round.
Compensatory picks are slotted between the third and seventh rounds.
The NFL did not count the team's signing of Martellus Bennett in the calculation of the draft pick distribution.
Last year, the Giants lost free agents Johnathan Hankins, Robbie Gould, Marshall Newhouse, and Coty Sensabaugh. They added TE Rhett Ellison and QB Geno Smith.
The Bengals, Packers, Cowboys and Raiders each were awarded four comp picks.