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Could The Bengals Be A Potential Trade Partner?

It is pretty likely that the St. Louis Rams will end up selling the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft to the highest bidder. There are multiple teams out there that are willing to pay for him… and I imagine they are willing to pay a lot. For this reason, over the past few days, there have been various articles claiming that the Vikings win over the Redskins in late December may have been the costliest in Vikings history because it moved the Rams up to the number 2 spot (as well as caused a major injury to Adrian Peterson). There have also been articles claiming that the Vikings won’t likely have many interested in trading with them at the third spot if RGIII is off the board.

While I would agree that if Griffin is taken with the #2 pick (which is very likely) there will be less interest in the third pick, I do believe that there is still opportunity for a trade to happen. And here’s a good reason/example:

After exchanging words with an executive of the Cincinnati Bengals, Bear Heiser, a writer for the National Football Authority, learned that the Bengals are interested in moving up in the first round to acquire the #1 running back in the draft, Trent Richardson. The Bengals took great strides towards creating a high powered offense last season with the addition of wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton. The addition of a back like Richardson could really make the Bengals offense one to fear for many years to come. Cedric Benson is also a free agent and may not be back with the Bengals next season – making the need for a running back even greater.

So, who would the Bengals trade with? Well, Bear Heiser also reported that the same team executive he spoke with also told him the Bengals have had talks with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals currently have the 13th pick in the draft.

I don’t think Trent Richardson will make it to the 13th pick in the draft.

Despite Richardson’s injury concerns and the fact that he did not participate at the combine, he is still in the top 5 on many draft boards and it is uncommon for a top 5 player to fall that low in the draft. And while there aren’t many teams really in need of a running back this year, the Cleveland Browns are and they currently sit at #4 (unless they end up trading with the Rams to get Griffin).

If anyone other than the Browns ends up trading with the Rams to select Robert Griffin (or, in other words, if the Browns remain at the 4th spot and RGIII is off the board), it is very likely the Browns could select Richardson. Peyton Hillis is set to become a free agent this year and the feeling out there is that he will not be back with the Browns next season (or even in the NFL considering the recent retirement/CIA rumors). This means that if the Bengals really, really want Trent Richardson, they could have to move up above the Browns, to the #3 spot, in order to obtain him.

And if you haven’t put it together yet… What team sits at the #3 spot? Yep…

While it’s a stretch, crazier things have happened on draft day. Because the Bengals have two first round picks this year (due to the Carson Palmer trade) they may be more willing to move around a bit if they feel Richardson is their guy. And hey, all this speculation is strictly for our entertainment anyway. It’s what makes the NFL draft so fun and exciting.

Then, the question becomes, if the trade offer is there, do the Vikings take it or do they stick with Matt Kalil and anchor down the left tackle position for years to come?

Hurry up and get here already, April!

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Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson (Founder) is a passionate Viking fan hailing from Sin City, Las Vegas. He can remember, as a child, scraping his knee on the playground and his friends being completely shocked by the purple blood trickling from the wound. When Brett isn't scouring the Internet for some semblance of Vikings news, he enjoys blindly putting money on them to beat whoever their opponent may be, and daydreams about being their next Tight End. Brett graduated from UNLV with a degree in Architecture and specializes in web/graphic design; he hopes to provide this site’s visitors with the best Vikings experience on the net.

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  1. Fun to think about the vikes having options with the #3 pick, but thinking about getting multiple picks for a RB may be influenced by a little extra purple cool aid. Personally I hope the draft falls just how everyone thinks it will and we take out LT and another high quality pick at top of 2nd, and if Rick wants to move around he can do it when the stakes aren’t quite so high in rounds 3-7

  2. I really doubt this will happen.
    I hope we get Kalil. He sounds like a hard worker, lost 2 pounds in fat, and gained 12 pounds in mucles prior to the combine. His work ethic and character seems very fine.
    I would like to see us trade down into the middle of the 2nd round with our selection at the top of the 2nd round. Hopefully Chase Minnifield will still be on the board at that time. He has bloodlines in the NFL and seems like a very hard worker also. From there on and the rest of the draft is just filling BPA after needs, cause we sure have many needs.

  3. How would Cincy have to give up to move up 14 spots? That’s a long way but they have picks at 17 and 21 but it would take alot more than that. I agree to take Kalil at 3 and dont think twice but the speculation is kinda fun.

  4. Take Kalil. A beautiful 6’7″, 300 pound gift is beig handed to us and we are considering passing it up!? Unlikely. Kalil could possibly be the best player in this draft (just at a less glorified position) and fills our biggest need… We’re taking Kalil

  5. Unless it was a Kings Ransom (Both 1st round picks this year, next years 1st round pick and some middle round picks this year) then I don’t think they should do it. That’s an awful lot of picks to give up for a RB, but I guess it would be a nice piece to add to an up and coming team. What does everyone think the Vikes should do with the 3rd pick if they surprise us all and pick up Marcus McNeil or Jared Gaither in free agency?