Minnesota Vikings, under the direction of first-year general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, could stick to Rick Spielman’s script on draft day.
Known as “Trader Rick” for his penchant for trading in the draft to get more draft picks, Spielman hasn’t strayed from his philosophy last season, trading for the New York Jets picks. number 14 to move down to 21st place and get a pair of third round picks.
And despite Spielman’s departure, the Vikings are rumored to follow Spielman’s draft strategy.
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Vikings Are Potential Trade Partners for Saints, Steelsmiths
uStadium unloaded its notebooks after weeks of conversations with scouts and league executives April 13 and identified the Vikings as a rejection candidate for the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers. .
“Trading Up/Down Trading Teams: Saints and Steelers called and laid the groundwork for draft day trading. Consider the Giants (7) and the Vikings (12) as off-the-shelf trading options,” uStadium reported.
This year’s draft is one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory with no No. 1 winger or broad-gathering prospect, but Minnesota’s biggest draft demand seems to be spurred on by drafters. agreed. Twenty of the 25 mock drafts tracked by Vikings.com wrote Minnesota using a 12th overall pick to outline a backline.
Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati), Derek Stingely Jr. (LSU) and Trent McDuffie (Washington St.) were the top scorers selected in the top 15 of the first round.
However, depending on how a handful of first picks appear, teams in need of midfield like the Saints or Steelers may be willing to pay a premium to go up in the draft. A return swap with either team would see the Vikings break into the top 20 and still be able to draft an NFL-ready full-back like Andrew Booth Jr. by Clemson.
The additional options received in the transaction will provide Minnesota with capital to move in the draft and settle other needed positions.
The way the draft table lays out on April 28 will determine whether a deal can be reached, but Minnesota appears to have left its options open.
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Viking’s Draft Needs
Minnesota’s draft strategy remains a mystery with a new regime in place.
Although all 25 simulated drafters listed on Vikings.com picked a defensive player in the first round, the idea of picking a wide receiver in the first round gained steam in the fan base. Newly hired head coach Kevin O’Connell ran 86% of offensive plays among wide triples with the Los Angeles Rams en route to last season’s Super Bowl. Another first-round prospect would warrant a viable threat facing Justin Jefferson when Adam Thielen, soon 32, retires.
Minnesota is also looking for another passer despite the Vikings signing Za’Darius Smith this season. Smith is nearing back surgery and is a high-risk signing they can bolster with the prospect of getting through the first round.
The Vikings also lost their safety following the departure of Xavier Woods, who signed with the Carolina Panthers this season. A pick in the fourth round last year, Cam Bynum started three times and played 14 games last season and proved reliable. But Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton slipped to 12th place; Vikings may not let the opportunity to discuss a player who is receiving respect as the next great safety of the tournament.
The inside offensive line could also use extra competition after signing budget-friendly free agents Chris Reed and Jesse Davis. The Vikings should draft with their first three picks.
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