Many Vikings fans agree that trading back to a later pick in round one or early in round two would be very beneficial to the team. The draft is a fairly deep one at tackle, wide out, and cornerback which just so happens to be some of the Vikings most pressing needs. There will be plenty of quality players of these positions available in rounds 2 and 3 it seems.
Brad Childress recently told the Star Tribune that trading down could provide the team with some added value. “You’ve got to have someone who will play [in order to trade],” Childress said. “That covets somebody more than you do maybe.” The Vikings will doubtless be tracking who is picked before them on draft day, and that could weigh into who they call to talk trades with once they are on the clock.
For example, if either Knowshon Moreno or Chris Wells are on the board at #22, you could bet that the Vikings will be talking with Philadelphia and Arizona to see what it might be worth to these teams to move up and snag a running back that would prove useful to those two teams. Or perhaps a stud linebacker has fallen to the Vikings and somebody like New England or Detroit really want to get their hands on the guy. There are countless scenarios where a trade back could help the Vikings out.
Most years, fans are clamoring for the Vikings to trade up to get their hands on a much coveted guy. That doesn’t seem to be the case as much this year, but it is still a possibility. What if Michael Crabtree falls out of the top ten? What if Michael Oher is still on the board when another team has interest in moving back? The Vikings might just bite if they can get their hands on one of their highest rated prospects.
While trades are common-place in recent draft history, they are still somewhat difficult to get done. And, in the end, staying put and being pleasantly surprised with who has fallen to you is the most likely scenario. However, I think the Vikings are leaning more towards trading back as they have been in many years. Regardless, draft day will be quite interesting for Vikings fan. I hope you will stop back here on draft day to get up-to-date info on the Vikings selections.