The Vikings forfeited their seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft for a salary cap violation related to a practice squad player's contract in 2019, the NFL confirmed.
The team lost the 242nd overall pick and now have 11 picks in the April 29-May 1 NFL draft — tied for the most of any team. In recent years, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman has made a habit of acquiring seventh-round draft picks; the team has had four in each of the past two drafts.
In addition, three Vikings executives were fined $10,000 apiece.
The NFL did not elaborate on the Vikings' infraction. In a statement released by the Vikings, Spielman said: "A mistake was made, we take responsibility and we respect the league's decision and will move forward."
The Vikings' 2021 draft picks
First round: No. 14 overall
Third round: Nos. 78, 90
Fourth round: Nos. 119, 125, 134, 143
Fifth round: Nos. 157, 168
Sixth round:Nos. 199, 223