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Compensatory picks can matter

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The Vikings haven't taken full advantage of their compensatory picks of late, but other NFL teams have found the occasional superstar with their extra picks.

Strapped as usual by injuries at linebacker in 2010, the Indianapolis Colts turned to rookie Kavell Conner, and the former Clemson standout responded with 57 tackles and one forced fumble in 12 appearances that included nine starts. Not altogether surprising numbers, since the Colts have long subscribed to a "next man up" philosophy and developed depth with mid-round draft choices and even...

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