After finishing the regular season with a 10-6 record and then losing in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the Vikings have been slotted in 23rd position for the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Vikings currently have 7 other choices in the remaining 6 rounds of the draft, though, and they don’t have the 23rd selection in each of the remaining rounds.
Here are the picks the Vikings currently possess for the 2013 NFL Draft:
1st round: #23
2nd round: #22
3rd round: #21
4th round: #5 (Detroit’s) and #23
5th round: #22
6th round: #21 – Traded away
7th round: #7 (Arizona’s) and #23
Let us (try to) explain.
With how the regular season and Wild Card rounds played out for the 2012 season and in conjunction with the NFL’s procedure for determining draft order, the losers of this season’s Wild Card games will select in the 21st through 24th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their (regular season) standing. Essentially, this means that regardless of their regular season records, the four teams that lost in this year’s Wild Card round (Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Washington) will select in the 21st through 24th positions, with their default position being ranked according to regular season record.
[As an aside, it’s interesting to note that even if one of those four teams happened to have a worse record than another team who didn't make the playoffs, they would still be slotted after that team in the draft order. That scenario didn't unfold this year, but it is possible in theory.]
As stated above, while the Vikings hold the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft, they will not actually have the 23rd selection in each round of this year’s draft.
According to the procedure the NFL uses to determine draft order: “In ties that involve three or more clubs, the club at the top of a tied segment in a given round will move to the bottom of the segment for the next round, while all other clubs in the segment move up one position. This rotation continues throughout the Draft.”
Our interpretation of that language yields the conclusion that the Vikings will then rotate with three o two other teams – the Bengals and Redskins. Indianapolis was the fourth team that lost on Wild Card weekend, but they finished with one more win that Cincinnati, Minnesota and Washington, so they’ll be slotted at 24th.
As such, the Vikings will have the 23rd selection in the 1st round, the 22nd selection in the 2nd round, the 21st selection in the 3rd round, the 23rd selection in the 4th round, the 22nd selection in the 5th round, the 21st selection in the 6th round (which was traded away) and the 23rd selection in the 7th round.
In addition to those choices, the Vikings also have the 5th pick of the 4th round (from Detroit) and the 7th pick of the 7th round (from Arizona).
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