Nov 23, 2012; Ames, Iowa, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Tavon Austin (1) rushes down field against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Minnesota Vikings Looking to Trade Up

The Minnesota Vikings hold two first-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, and they could be looking to use that ammunition to facilitate a trade to move up in the draft order. Minnesota desperately needs to replace Percy Harvin, who they traded away to the Seattle Seahawks. Defensive back would also be an area of need.

Ian Rapoport of passed along the report:

The Vikings likely wouldn’t be pairing their two first-rounders to move up. Instead, they’d like come up with a package to move in to the top fifteen.

A trade up for cornerback doesn’t seem to make much sense, since there is growing belief that the cornerbacks could fall in this year’s draft. If the team were to keep the No. 25 pick, they could still land a player like Desmond Trufant or DJ Hayden.

That would mean the Vikings would be trading up for a wide receiver.

The only wide receiver that would make sense for the Vikings to trade up for is Tavon Austin. He would be a perfect replacement for Percy Harvin and he doesn’t come with the character and maturity issues that plagued Harvin during his time in Minnesota.

We will find out for sure what the Vikings have planned with their first-round picks in one week.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings

  • Wayne Davis

    Hummm not sure … I’d think they’ll go LB then CB or DT in 2nd

    • Charles Stocks

      Yeah I hope we don’t trade up. i’d like us to go LB,DT, S,CB first 4 picks. The WR talent is deep with no real standouts. I don’t think there is a first round worthy receiver in the draft

      • Steven Balfe

        They could find themselves a WR like USCs Robert Woods in Rd. 2, or even deeper in the draft… Right now they need to fill the holes in their defense long term. DO NOT DRAFT TE’O.. :-D

  • KC

    if we want a WR then trading up (maybe a first and a later pick) for Austin is the way to go I’d be willing to bet he has a better career than harvin and i’d rather draft troy williamson again than getting Teo but it really seems like it is going to happen Spielman gets hard for those notre dame boys