NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings may trade down in Draft

Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of Minnesota Vikings helmets during the second half against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. The Texans won 27-13.Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of Minnesota Vikings helmets during the second half against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. The Texans won 27-13.Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of work to do before they’re considered contenders again in the NFC North, but this offseason can go a long way towards jump starting the new regime. Mike Zimmer is in town as the new head coach and general manager Rick Spielman wants to arm himself was at least 10 draft picks this upcoming May.

ESPN.com blogger Ben Goessling talked about Spielman’s plan and noted that it’s possible for the Vikings to skip taking a top quarterback or linebacker at No. 8 overall and trade down to compile more picks in the later rounds.

He talked about this a little bit on Friday, and we discussed the possibility above, but I think there’s a chance the Vikings could trade back from No. 8 and pick up another choice or two in the process. That’s especially likely if the top QBs are gone by No. 8, since the number of underclassmen in this draft have pushed the depth to a point where the Vikings can probably get a good defensive player at, say, No. 12 or 13.

There’s a good chance that quarterbacks will be available on day two and decent ones at that. A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray and others will still be on the board in all likelihood, which means that trading down from No. 8 overall might  not be as disastrous as some Vikings fans may initially think.

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Charles Stocks

    Trade down and select CJ Mosley

  • Zach Haugen

    I don’t think vikings fans find that trading down would be disastrous. In fact most of us are scared that we won’t and reach on a qb….again

    • Josh Hill

      I’d hope the Vikings don’t reach. The only question there is how scared is Spielman about losing his job over not finding a quarterback. If he panics, you guys get Zach Mettenberger in the top 10 haha. Spielman, what a quarterback guru.

  • 3kolu

    We have to look at the M.O. of the Vikings organization. If we want to compete for a title in 2014, with AP in his prime right now, we need to hit free agency with a vengeance. We need a top tier CB like Verner, Talib, Shields, Jennings, or DRC. Also, a humongous run-stopping NT like Linval Joseph, BJ Raji or Henry Melton. Resigning Everson Griffen or landing Michael Bennett, Michael Johnson, or Greg Hardy. Landing Griffen could allow us to make a play for TJ Ward, Jairus Byrd or Donte Whitner. Making a trade for Ryan Mallet with one of our 3rd rounders would be ideal in this scenario, with Khalil Mack in the 1st, Rashede Hagemann or Louis Nix in the 2nd(hopefully), Jean-Baptiste, Desir or McGill with our other 3rd rounder and BPA the rest of the way or we can draft for depth at our positions of need after free agency fills some of those holes. If we’re looking at a 2-3 year plan well that’s another story, and a much cheaper one at that.

  • BILL COLLINS

    trade down take the best player on defense! Forget about a qb this year and build the team up. We are bad on o line as well as the entire defense. We need to take defensive free agents in their prime not on the way out!!!

    • Cool Jack

      I agree with all you’ve said.Good coaches will make this a good team and I believe we now have them. I was born in Faribault MN. and have been a life long Vikings ,Twins, fan.Good or bad I still support them…which has been hard growing up in Green Bay,WI…And my sister works for the Packers Org. GO KINGS!

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