With the Indianapolis Colts selecting Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and the Washington Redskins most likely selecting Robert Griffin III right after, the door is wide open for the Minnesota Vikings when it comes to who to select with the third overall pick. The Vikings are keeping all of their options open when it comes to which player they should select and apparently–they’re even willing to make a trade happen with the right offer.
According to Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune, Vikings general Manager Rick Spielman discussed on Tuesday how numerous teams have contacted the team about trading up in Thursday’s draft–which should come as no surprise considering the amount of talent in this year’s class. Unlike other teams, Minnesota could go in one of many directions when it comes to their first-round pick and considering how many teams are interested in moving up–it would obviously be wise for them to listen to all of the offers.
From Wiederer’s article:
Just two days before the NFL Draft begins, general manager Rick Spielman stayed on message Tuesday during a press conference at Winter Park. Spielman’s main talking points reiterated what we’ve known all along. The Vikings are far from attached to their No. 3 pick, more than willing to discuss trade offers from any and all interested teams.
And curiosity around the league, Spielman reports, is percolating.
“That front has really heated up over the last 24 hours,” he said. “And I’m sure it will continue to heat up as we head for Thursday night.”
One name that comes to mind other than Luck or Griffin when it comes to possible players that could be selected in the top five on Thursday is Ryan Tannehill. Teams like the Miami Dolphins may not want to risk missing out on the Texas A&M standout if another team like the Cleveland Browns decide to select him at No. 4.
And after spending a first-round pick on Christian Ponder in 2011–the Vikings are obviously not going to spend their first-round pick on a quarterback.
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