Vikings scheduled for 23rd draft pick

The Vikings' 10-6 record leaves them with the 23rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft unless they make the Super Bowl or the Cardinals or Eagles make it that far.

The NFL announced its first-round draft order Monday and, as the only team in the NFL to finish with a record of 10-6, the Vikings will be selecting 23rd … unless they make it to the Super Bowl.

In the NFC North, the winless Lions will pick first, but will also have the 20th pick – obtained from Dallas in the Roy Williams trade. The Packers will pick ninth and the Bears will select 18th.

Last year, the Vikings had a quiet draft because they gave up three picks in the first three rounds in the Jared Allen trade. With that trade now "off the books," the Vikings will their full complement of draft picks and the team will have much more flexibility than it did last year.

Unless the Vikings advance to the Super Bowl – or either Arizona (No. 21) or Philadelphia (No. 22) makes it – the Vikings will be locked in at pick No. 23. By league rule, the Super Bowl champion ends up with the last pick of the first round and the Super Bowl loser picks 31st.

TUESDAY NOTES

  • Vikings fans had to be a little happy to see the Jets miss the playoffs. Not that they hated Brett Favre, but he was the primary reason for that anti-Jets sentiment. Had the Jets made the playoffs, the pick New York traded to Green Bay for Favre would have been bumped to a second-rounder – with it potentially moving to a first-round pick if the Jets made the Super Bowl. By missing the playoffs, it remains a third-round pick.

  • The Vikings announced Monday that nearly 20,000 tickets remain for Sunday's game. If the game isn't sold out by Thursday, the game could be blacked out – ending the 114-game sellout streak at the Metrodome.

  • The last playoff game to be blacked out was the Baltimore-Miami game on Jan. 13, 2002.

  • At his Monday press conference, Brad Childress said he's hopeful Pat Williams will be able to return to the field for Sunday's game with the Eagles. Williams has missed the past two games after suffering a broken right scapula, and Childress said Williams' playing status will come down to how much strength Williams has in that area.

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