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Report: Vikings Add CB Depth, Acquire Tramaine Brock

The Minnesota Vikings acquired cornerback Tramaine Brock from the Seattle Seahawks in a trade, sending over a seventh-round pick to Seattle.

The Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback depth concerns did not go unnoticed by general manager Rick Spielman and the front office. So they acted.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com, the Vikings acquired veteran cornerback Tramaine Brock from the Seattle Seahawks to bolster the depth at the position.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed, adding that the Vikings gave up just a seventh-round pick to secure Brock.

Brock spent his first seven seasons as a San Francisco 49er before being picked up by Seattle a couple of weeks ago. The 5’10” cornerback moved all around the 49ers defense over the past two seasons, playing both slot and outside.

Pro Football Focus gave Brock a grade of 81.2 in 2016, slightly ahead of his 78.0 mark in 2015. Additionally, Brock’s grade was in the top three among cornerbacks who played at least 750 snaps.

Brock’s capability in the slot is much needed for a secondary that didn’t have many answers for the departure of Captain Munnerlyn. This could result in second-year man Mackensie Alexander to return to the outside as a depth contributor, where he has played most of his football career.

What does this mean for Trae Waynes and/or Terence Newman? Probably not a whole lot. Waynes will likely remain the starter opposite Rhodes, with Newman rotating in on the outside as well. Brock should give the Vikings some flexibility with both he and Alexander capable of lining up all over the field.

But the bottom line here is that the Vikings added depth at a position it was desperately needed for a very low price. We now don’t have to worry about Marcus Sherels taking the field at cornerback in the event of an injury.

Instant Reaction: Terrific move by Spielman and Co.

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Drew Mahowald

Drew Mahowald is a student at Saint John's University (MN) majoring in Media Communication. He proclaims himself as the number one fan of Little Caesars pizza and Jim Kleinsasser. The first Vikings game Drew remembers watching is the 41-0 blowout loss to the Giants in the 2000 NFC Championship game. Despite this, he has developed a deep knowledge and passion for the team. When he isn't writing about the Vikings, Drew is usually out golfing with friends or eating Little Caesar's pizza. You can find more of his work at CanisHoopus.com, the SB Nation affiliate Minnesota Timberwolves blog, or on Twitter at @DrewMahowald.

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