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Updated: March 26th, 2012 2:41pm
Vikings receive two fourth-round compensatory draft picks, now have 10

Vikings receive two fourth-round compensatory draft picks, now have 10

by Tom Pelissero
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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Minnesota Vikings got the extra draft picks they hoped for.

An NFL source said on Monday the team was awarded two compensatory picks at the end of the fourth round (128th and 134th overall), giving them a total of 10 in April's draft.

The league confirmed the picks in an email, listing the Vikings' compensatory losses as Ray Edwards, Ben Leber, Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice and their gains as Remi Ayodele and Charlie Johnson.

The exact formula for determining compensatory picks is undisclosed, but it's based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

The Vikings have all of their own picks except the sixth-rounder they gave up in July for quarterback Donovan McNabb. They also have an extra sixth-round pick from Cleveland in the Jayme Mitchell trade and a seventh-rounder they received from New England as a giveback in the Randy Moss deal.

The Vikings have had luck in the fourth round before. Their last four picks there are defensive linemen Ray Edwards (2006), Brian Robison (2007), Everson Griffen (2010) and Christian Ballard (2011).

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