The Comp Pick Controversy, New Jersey Numbers, Rookie Minicamp

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We are officially two weeks away from the 2024 NFL Draft.

This week, the Vikings officially handed out jersey numbers for each of their newest players, while also welcoming their rookies to the field for rookie minicamp. Here’s a look at all the purple headlines you need to know as you enter a new week.

The Comp Pick Controversy

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February 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah talks to the media during the 2024 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

There has been some arguing in Viking circles in recent days about compensatory picks in 2025 over exactly how many comp picks Minnesota will receive next spring. It all started with Nick Korte from Over the cap.

Korte wrote: “It was expected that the Vikings might see two players, Kirk Cousins ​​​​and Danielle Hunter, leave the team for top deals elsewhere, and that is what happened. The Vikings also lost several other CFAs, but were also aggressive in signing their own CFAs to offset some of those departures. Nevertheless, they had at least evened this up to where the 3rd rounders for both Cousins ​​and Hunter left were on the board… until they signed Shaquill Griffin to a one-year, $4.55 million contract, leaving leaving the Vikings with a net loss of just 1 CFA. leaving the formula with no choice but to terminate Hunter’s contract with Griffin’s.

Meanwhile, the From the Star Stand Ben Goessling told KFAN: “I was told yesterday that Shaq Griffin didn’t cost them anything. I mean, this idea that Shaq Griffin directly cost them a third-round pick, I was told that’s not true. I don’t think it’s that simple. I don’t know if they will have two at this point, but people in the know have told me that is not the case.”

For now, it appears the Vikings will get one third-round comp pick next spring, but we’ll soon see if the organization knows something we don’t regarding the compensation system.

Vikings announce jersey numbers for new players and changes

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April 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dallas Turner poses after being selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the No. 17 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings announced the jersey numbers of 45 players this week. This included any of their new players (free agent signings, draft picks, UDFAs) as well as changes to players who were on the roster in 2023. Here’s a look at all the new jersey numbers for Minnesota.

Free agent acquisition

#1: CB Shaq Griffin
#11: WR Trent Sherfield
#14: QB Sam Darnold
#28: CB AJ Green III
#33: RB Aaron Jones
#43: OLB Andreas Van Ginkel
#49: P Seth Vernon
#51: ILB Blake Cashman
#52: OLB Jihad district
#54: ILB Kamu Grugier-Hill
#58: OLB Jonathan Greenard
#69: IOL Dan Feeney
#92: DL Jonah Williams
#96: K John Parker Romo
#99: DT Jerry Tillery

Draft class 2024

#9: QB JJ McCarthy
#15: OLB Dallas Turner
#31: CB Khyree Jackson
#46: K Will Reichard
#50: DT Levi Drake Rodriguez
#65: IOL Michael Jurgens
#78: OT Walter Rouse

Undrafted free agents

#35: WR Devron Harper
#40: LB Donovan Manuel
#41: TE Trey Knox
#45: LB KJ Cloyd
#47: CB Dwight McGlothern
#48: LB Dallas Gant
#57: OLB Owen Porter
#59: OLB Gabriel Murphy
#63: IOL Jeremy Flax
#72: OT Doug Nester
#73: IOL Matt Cindric
#74: OT Spencer Rolland
#82: WR Jeshaun Jones
#85: WR Ty James
#94: DT Taki Taimani
#95: DT Tyler Manoa
#98: OLB Bo Richter

Number changes

#0: ILB Ivan Pace (change from #40)
#2 ILB Brian Asamoah (change from #33)
#8: WR Trishton Jackson (change from #9)
#17: P Ryan Wright (change from #14)
#19: WR Malik Knowles (change from #81)
#36 CB NaJee Thompson (change from #11)

Vikings Rookies take their first practice photos

January 8, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback JJ McCarthy (9) reacts during the second quarter against the Washington Huskies in the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, the NFL travels for each of the 24 Vikings rookies officially kicked off as rookie minicamp kicked off. All weekend, attention was focused on Minnesota’s first-round picks JJ McCarthy and Dallas Turner, but there was a lot of positivity coming out of the event.

Next on the docket for Minnesota are OTAs, which begin May 20.

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