Everyone knows Vikings GM Rick Spielman likes to deal. Trade back or trade up, Spielman isn’t afraid to move in either direction if the deal is right. But that’s the key – the deal has to be right. A trade up or back in the first round this year for the Vikings can only happen if there’s a proposed deal on the table.
While we wait for the 2014 NFL Draft to finally arrive later this week, here are three hypothetical trade proposals for Vikings fans to consider...
|Vikings Get||Raiders Get|
|No. 5||No. 8|
|No. 108 (4th round)|
With Spielman saying for months he wants to come away from the 2014 draft with 10 selections and with talk about the depth of this year’s draft, the Vikings pull off a shocker and trade up with Oakland from No. 8 to No. 5, also surrendering a fourth-round choice (No. 108) to grease the skids. Oakland took 50 cents on the dollar last season in trading back from No. 3 to No. 12 with Miami and received only an additional second-rounder (No. 42) for the steep drop, so maybe they’d take a fourth to drop back three spots this time.
In this scenario, the Vikings could have their eye on receiver Mike Evans or perhaps the draft’s top linebacker – Khalil Mack – somehow fell out of the top four and the Vikings felt he was too good to not go after. The Raiders do the deal because they know they can still get a difference-maker at No. 8 to fill their various needs, plus they now have back-to-back picks in the fourth round (they also have No. 107), which they can use to add two more quality players or they can use to package together to move up into the third round.
|Rams Get||Vikings Get|
|No. 8||No. 13|
|No. 75 (3rd round)|
|No. 110 (4th round)|
Having already secured the No. 2 pick, the Rams decide to get splashy by moving up to No. 8 for a second Top-10 pick in the draft. Of the teams within a few picks after the Vikings, St. Louis has the most ammo to make such a trade (12 selections, nine tradable, three compensatory). For agreeing to move back five spots, the Vikings take in an additional third-rounder (No. 75) and fourth-rounder (No. 110), which gives them a total of 10 selections and seven picks in the first four rounds.
At No. 13, the Vikings would likely be looking at cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert or perhaps one of two Alabama defenders – safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or linebacker CJ Mosley.
TRADE FURTHER BACK
|49ers Get||Vikings Get|
|No. 8||No. 30|
|No. 56 (2nd round)|
|No. 61 (2nd round)|
|2015 Third Rounder|
In the 2013 draft, San Francisco moved aggressively from No. 31 to No. 18, giving Dallas an additional third-rounder (No. 74) to make it happen. In this proposed trade, the 49ers have to pony up their first-round pick (No. 30) in addition to both of their second-rounders and a third-rounder next year. This move would mean the Vikings possess four selections in the first two rounds and six in the first three rounds.
In this scenario, the 49ers add an elite talent to an already talent-rich team – perhaps Evans to beef up the receiver corps or linebacker Anthony Barr in the event Aldon Smith faces League discipline. The Vikings, meanwhile, could take a small hit in the caliber of player they get in the first round but will benefit greatly with the ability to add six third-round or better players to their roster. Possible selections at No. 30 include defensive end Kony Ealy, cornerback Kyle Fuller, defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman and linebacker Ryan Shazier.