Minnesota Vikings Draft Rumors: Will Rick Spielman Continue Trend Of Trading Up?

By Andrew Fisher
Minnesota Vikings
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There are a couple of big questions surrounding the Minnesota Vikings heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.

Which direction the team decides to go in at No. 8 is definitely the main topic of discussion right now. Some say the Vikings should take a quarterback, others will vote defense. Regardless of the position drafted, all fans can agree that it’s a ‘can’t miss’ selection. When you get picks in the top 10, you can’t screw it up.

So once Minnesota has settled the first topic of debate early in round one, the countdown will begin to Rick Spielman‘s next move. Unlike other GMs who are willing to stand pat and wait their turn, Spielman is all about moving around on draft day.

He traded back up into the first round two years ago and scored safety Harrison Smith, and he did it again last year by wheeling and dealing for an additional first round selection (Cordarrelle Patterson) to give the Vikings three total.

His moves have left the Vikings without selections in the second and third rounds, but you can hardly argue with the quality of players he’s selected by trading up.

If Spielman’s willing to deal for three first round draft picks, he’s definitely willing to move up again this year.

It’s very possible Minnesota will take a defensive player at No. 8 and then wait for a QB to start falling down the draft board. Every year there’s a QB who stays available longer than projected. Teddy Bridgewater very well could be that guy this year. That’s just one example, but he’s the type of guy that Spielman would give up a couple of picks for in the right situation.

Don’t be surprised if Spielman once again tries to score a two-for-one on draft day 2014. He’s all about value and there’s really no reason for him not to be. All of the players he’s selected via draft day deals in the past two years have proven to be valuable assets to the franchise.


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