The first big trade of the NFL Draft has taken place about 60 minutes before the event, as the Vikings have agreed to trade the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Browns.
Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports that the Browns will send three picks to the Vikings, including the No. 4 overall pick. The other picks are reportedly a 4th, 5th and 7th round pick.
With the third pick, the Browns are expected to use that pick on Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
The Vikings had settled on three players for that No. 3 pick — USC left tackle Matt Kalil, Claiborne and Blackmon — but trading down has been something the Vikings have been willing to do for month.
“Yeah, we’re definitely going to be looking to move out, too. I think where we’re at from a club standpoint, from our roster, potentially we’re going to have 10 picks,” Spielman said at the Combine. “In order for you to sustain a roster and a competitive roster year in and year out, you have to fill that roster with young draft picks. Hopefully you’re hitting on most of those young draft picks. We had 10 last year, nine of the 10 did make our roster and contributed in some way last year. Hopefully adding another 10 or more if we’re able to move down and accumulate more picks will just continue to help our process as we go forward.”
Update: Picks given up are #118 (4th from Atlanta) 139 (5th) & 211 (7th) to Minn for #3