The Vikings as an organization are suddenly faced with very limited options when it comes to their future inside the boundaries of the State of Minnesota.
The future of the roster, however, is one week away from getting a facelift and General Manager Rick Spielman admits that his options for the third overall selection have been narrowed to three: tackle Matt Kalil, receiver Justin Blackmon, and corner Morris Claiborne.
Some might argue that Spielman listing those three players is actually an expansion of options, considering Matt Kalil is largely viewed as the only viable prospect to select at that point.
The Pioneer Press reports that the Vikings have given equal grades to all three of these prospects and have not yet decided on who they would select should they decide to stay put and not trade backwards.
“What you’re saying (to the staff) is, ‘All these guys have equal ability,’ ” Spielman said. “What do you want? Do you want the receiver? Do you want the tackle? Do you want the corner?’”
The Vikings plan to “run the cards” on Wednesday, which essentially means everyone involved will take part in one giant mock draft and see some of the different ways things could play out on Draft Weekend.
Personally, I find it hard to believe that the Vikings would select anyone other than Kalil third overall. The reason is simple: a complete lack of red flags. So, unless Kalil scored a “4” on his Wonderlic Exam or is a closet diva that got his wrist slapped by the NCAA, it should be fairly obvious who the choice is.
Still, there are some (like Adam Schefter) who believe the Vikings will choose someone other than the popular choice that has become Kalil. If this actually happens, be ready for water cooler chat time at the office to look more like a demolition derby if you work in the Twin Cities.
Spielman did say that he has received some preliminary calls from other teams (which quite possibly means he hasn’t at all) regarding the possibility of the Vikings trading backwards. Spielman, however, said he would wait until Thursday night to make any sort of decision about that topic.