Thursday, July 27, 2017

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So far, the Vikings Territory readers have largely assigned Laquon Treadwell and Mackensie Alexander a combined draft grade of “A” via our polls. If you haven’t cast your vote for either of those two selections yet you still can by clicking here and here. We’ll compile them for a cumulative draft grade when the weekend is complete.

In the fourth round, the New Orleans Saints successfully traded one spot ahead of Minnesota only to let time expire. The drama surrounding this may amount to nothing, but it will be interesting once the full details emerge.

The Vikings used the 121st pick to select Willie Beavers, an offensive lineman from Western Michigan.

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1. Plenty of talent in the pool.

We can get wrapped up in the first round of the draft and diminish the importance of days two and three, but as I looked at the players available coming into Friday night, I was thoroughly impressed by the number of quality prospects still available. There was more than a handful of guys still around that seemed like viable options for the Vikings in round one: A’Shawn Robinson, Reggie Ragland, Su’a Cravens, Cody Whitehair, Vonn Bell, and more. That’s not even mentioning Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith, two of the most talented players in the draft that fell due to injury concerns.

The takeaway: this stuff matters. The first round is flashy, but rounds two through five are where you can get quality starters and build a team. As the picks came in, it became apparent (much like on Thursday) that the Vikings were going to be able to get a very good player in the second round. So…

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Miami traded a sixth round pick this year and a third and fourth round pick in 2017 in return for the Vikings third round pick on Friday Night. Rick Spielman certainly got good value in the deal, but what did the Vikings actually give up?

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Rick Spielman

Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings passed on nose tackle Andrew Billings once, twice, and then a third time when they decided to trade out of the third round completely on Friday evening.

Their trade partner was the Miami Dolphins who moved up to #86 to acquire Rutgers wide out Leonte Carroo.

In exchange, the Vikings have reportedly received a sixth round pick (#186) and Miami’s third and fourth round picks in 2017.

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