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Rick Spielman traded not once, but twice, in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

After doing deal with Kansas City and then Detroit, getting two Day Three picks richer, Spielman finally decided to select a player in the third round.

Somewhat amazingly, the Vikings selected their third consecutive defensive player of the weekend, flat out ignoring the offensive side of the ball thus far.

That pick turned out to be defensive end Danielle Hunter out of LSU.

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The Vikings stayed put with their first two picks, selecting cornerbacks Trae Waynes and linebacker Eric Kendricks, but they slid back a few spots before moving backwards once again.

By dropping from pick #80 to pick #88, the Vikings were able to secure the #143 overall selection in the fifth round.

Rick Spielman, who openly admits to wanting 10 draft selections every year, seems content to move backwards in baby steps and let the board fall to him a little later on in the weekend.

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With cornerback Trae Waynes and linebacker Eric Kendricks already in the fold, Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings opted to trade their selection to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Vikings moved back from #76 to #80 in exchange for pick #193 in the sixth round.

With that selection, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Georgia wide out Chris Conley.

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The Minnesota Vikings were again at the center of trade speculation as pick number 45 approached Friday evening.

However, unable to strike a deal, the Vikings instead filled one of their most pressing needs with a player largely considered to be a first round talent.

UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks is the newest member of the Mike Zimmer’s defense, joining cornerback Trae Waynes as part of a continuing effort to dominate the defensive side of the football. Kendricks projects as an instant starter within the Vikings defense presuming his knee is healthy.

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Following a football season overrun with off-the-field issues, it seemed appropriate that GM Rick Spielman would open Friday afternoon’s press conference with a story to demonstrate Trae Waynes’ strong character.

According to Spielman, his brother-in-law lives in Chicago and has a friend whose daughter underwent cleft palate surgery earlier this week. Prior to the surgery, Waynes spent time with the child, taking a picture holding the infant. Spielman said the following:

I know what he can do on the football field, I know what kind of family he comes from, and right now I know what kind of person he is. 

When Waynes took the podium for the first time as a Minnesota Viking, he also paid credit to his family and his upbringing.

“My parents were hard on me and my brother,” he said. “My dad was actually my guidance counselor. They kept us out of trouble and raised us right. I owe all that to them.”

Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer both reemphasized their excitement for having Waynes here in Minnesota and the impact he will have on the team. Zimmer said that it seems most all players with outstanding athletic ability play offense nowadays, so it can be tough to find really good CBs in the Draft. The coach believes Waynes is an exception to that rule, however.

“Trae has excellent ball skills, he’s a great competitor, big heart,” he said.

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