With a week of free agency in the books, focus will now shift to the NFL Draft for most teams. While there will be notable signings here and there, most of the big names are off the market. The Minnesota Vikings got their big name, when they inked Greg Jennings to a five-year contract last week. The Vikings still have some work to do in free agency, but they’ve already accomplished what they set out to do.
Minnesota holds an astounding 11 picks in this year’s draft, including two first-rounders. For a team that likes to build around young talent, this is an ideal situation. Their top three picks sit at No. 23, 25, and 52. In this day and age, a team should easily expect players from those three spots to come in and contribute right away.
But should the Vikings want more? Should they parlay some of their late-round picks, and move further up the board in the first or second round? I think they should.
As far as the first-rounders are concerned, I don’t see the Vikings moving from those spots. Unless there’s a player they really want, there’s more value in staying put. The second round seems like a better place to move up.
We saw a similar situation last year when Minnesota traded back into the first round at No. 29 and grabbed Harrison Smith. They sacrificed their second round pick to ensure two quality players in the first round, and it payed off. I don’t see why they wouldn’t implement a similar strategy this season.
The Vikings hold two fourth round picks, and three seventh round picks, so there’s plenty of spots to pedal. We’ll see what Rick Spielman thinks, but my money is on him pulling the trigger on at least one draft day trade this April.
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