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Vikings Draft Rumor: Vikes looking to trade back?

Stop the presses?

If there’s one thing that Rick Spielman is known for, it’s draft day shenanigans. For three years in a row, the Vikings had multiple first-round picks. More recently, the Vikings/Spielman have been known for trading down… A lot.

That’s where today’s rumor comes in. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, reported that “multiple executives” have said that the Vikings are “primed to move back” when it comes to Thursday (and Friday… and Saturday) and the draft.

Thanks to their decent 2019, and the subsequent trade of star receiver Stefon Diggs, the Vikings yet again multiple first-round picks, with the 22nd and 25th overall picks. The article by Fowler is behind ESPN’s paywall, so you’ll have to take BleacherReport.com’s word for it (their world is gold, though).

In that regard, BR said:

“…Noted trading back to get more picks could still position them to land their “two clear needs,” wide receiver and cornerback.

As for cornerback, Fowler pointed to the “clean break” after Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okudah and Florida’s CJ Henderson and noted multiple executives said “players in the second tier aren’t guys you necessarily have to stretch your draft capital to get.”

It’s not a huge surprise that the Vikings would be looking to bolster both their receiver corps and their cornerback unit as, in case you hadn’t heard, Stefon Diggs was traded. Beyond that, in case you also didn’t know, the Vikings’ head coach is Mike Zimmer and he LOVES him some corners.

Ironically, or by design, the Vikings do actually need a corner (or two), unlike the 2018 draft where they drafted corner Mike Hughes (although, that clearly ended up being a good pick considering).

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Wojo
Wojo
7 months ago

If you trade back you won’t get called on mistakes like Treadwell and Wayne’s, it’s just job security for another mediocre 9/7 year, draft a q.b., take a risk and change Vikings history…or keep your job for another year…

Mark
Mark
7 months ago

“Mike Hughes (although, that clearly ended up being a good pick considering).”

Think the jury is still out on this one especially thinking back to that Dallas game last season where he got targeted and torched often.

I wouldn’t mind keeping one of our 1st rounders and trading back a couple spots for more draft picks though.

richbenj
7 months ago

If Zimmer actually KNEW a cornerback when he saw one, the Viikes wouldn’t even BE in the position they are right now.

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