Vikings' trade gives them wealth of options
The Minnesota Vikings might not be in the catbird’s seat for the remaining two days of the draft, but they’re in an awfully nice position.
By trading down out of the 30th spot Thursday night, dealing the pick to the Detroit Lions, who used it to select Cal running back Jahvid Best, the Vikings now have the second pick of the second round tonight and the second pick of the fourth round when the draft resumes again Saturday morning.
This gives the Vikings a tremendous number of options. They went down a few slots and now will be in position to trade down again with what will be a valuable pick tonight, or select between one of four players that personnel boss Rick Spielman said the franchise has targeted.
"About the 20th pick we started getting a lot of [trade] calls and felt that the Detroit deal was the best deal that we had," Spielman said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "(We) felt very strongly because of the depth of this draft of potentially picking up an extra pick. The biggest thing out of the whole trade scenario was that you're the second pick in (tonight’s) draft, which is huge."
"You look at Saturday and you're going to have the second pick (in the fourth round). So coming from the bottom of those rounds to coming up to the top of those rounds, especially when the day kicks off, we're very excited about that because of the way our draft board is developed we have a lot of options as we go into (today) and probably will have a lot going into Saturday as well."
According to the report, the Vikings could be considering USC safety Taylor Mays, who many thought would go somewhere in the first round, Virginia cornerback Chris Cook, Texas linebacker Segio Kindle and Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. The problem with selecting Clausen is he is unlikely to help them compete for Super Bowl XLV this season. Mays is an athletic wonder and Cook would help them at a position of need, but they just signed free agent Lito Sheppard. Kindle would make good sense too.
The beauty of it for the Vikings is they will have some solid choices again Saturday morning.
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