As we mentioned Monday, with the 2010 NFL season now complete much of the focus will turn toward the league's labor negotiations and the April draft. The draft is scheduled to be held even if there is a work stoppage.
All Vikings fans are aware the team has the 12th overall selection in the first round. But what about the rest of the draft? Jeff Anderson, who does an outstanding job in the Vikings' public relations office, was kind enough to update us on where the remainder of the Vikings' picks will fall.
The team has choices in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh rounds, as well as two selections in the fifth. The Vikings' third-round pick belongs to New England as part of the Randy Moss trade last season. Minnesota's extra fifth-round selection is the result of the deal that sent quarterback Sage Rosenfels and wide receiver Darius Reynaud to the New York Giants last summer. The Vikings also got another late-round 2012 pick in that trade.
The Vikings are in line to get a sixth-round pick in 2012 from Cleveland as part of the Jayme Mitchell trade that was made last October.
The Vikings do not know exactly where they will be selecting yet in terms of order beyond the first round because the compensatory picks are not out. If memory serves, those were released during the NFL owners meetings in late March last year.