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Updated: February 15th, 2013 1:11pm
Vikings end up with nine draft picks, including their own 6th-rounder

Vikings end up with nine draft picks, including their own 6th-rounder

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have nine picks in April's NFL Draft, general manager Rick Spielman clarified during a session with a small group of reporters on Friday.

They own their own picks in all seven rounds, plus an extra fourth-round pick from Detroit in a draft-day trade last year and a seventh-round pick from Arizona in a flop that brought cornerback A.J. Jefferson to Minnesota.

The team's media relations department said last month the Vikings only had eight picks. But that was because of "some confusion" related to the conditional sixth-round pick from the Donovan McNabb trade, which they didn't end up having to surrender to Washington, Spielman said.

An NFL source told last February that McNabb fell short of the play-time threshold and therefore the Redskins wouldn't get the pick. But the calculation was close enough to complicate the matter until final accounting was done after this past season.

The Lions sent a fourth-round pick in 2013 to the Vikings last April for a fifth-round pick they used to select linebacker Tahir Whitehead. (The teams also flopped 2012 seventh-round picks, with the Vikings using theirs on Trevor Guyton, who didn't make the team.)

The Vikings acquired another sixth-round pick in 2013 from Tennessee for one of their seventh-round picks (acquired from Cleveland) in 2012. But they gave that to Arizona, which gave them a seventh-rounder instead for Jefferson, who was acquired on cutdown weekend.

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