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Lunchbreak: Offers Possible Vikings 1st-Round Trade Scenario

Chad Reuter covers the ins and outs of the draft for and is one of the league's most respected voices on the annual event.

And he was spot-on when he recently described the anticipation and excitement that Day 1 brings every spring.

The first round of the NFL Draft is the most exciting off-field event on the American sports calendar, thanks in no small part to the buzz generated by trades.

With that in mind, Reuter recently offered up a half-dozen potential Round 1 trades that make sense to him, and included one that involves the Vikings.

In Reuter's hypothetical trade, Minnesota would swap first-round picks with Pittsburgh, with the Vikings sending the 12th overall pick to the Steelers and receiving the 20th overall pick back in return.

And, the Vikings would also receive Pittsburgh's first and third-round selections in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Reuter explained his reason for the Vikings:

Minnesota has a new administration in place and extended quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason. Dropping down eight spots and grabbing future draft capital is a good way to re-shape the roster while installing new offensive and defensive schemes. GM Kwesi-Adofo Mensah will find good value at linebacker, receiver, cornerback or along the offensive line with the Steelers assigned pick.

From Pittsburgh's perspective, Reuter said trading up would be a way to potentially land a franchise quarterback following Ben Roethlisberger's retirement.

The Vikings weren't the only NFC North team included in Reuter's list of six possible first-round trades, as he had the Packers trading up in a deal with the Patriots.

Reuter's full list of possible trade scenarios can be found here.

Secondary highlights Edwards' Top 100 board

With less than a month before the draft, experts are releasing and updating their big boards on a frequent basis.

Josh Edwards of CBS Sports recently unveiled his Top 100 prospects, and focused on the secondary at the very top.

Edwards' list was led by Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner, followed by LSU cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr., and Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton.

He then included Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, Alabama tackle Evan Neal, Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson and Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson, with Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams and Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross rounding out the top 10 prospects.

View photos of potential quarterbacks the Vikings can select in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Edwards listed 15 more prospects to get to 25 before analyzing the top quarter of his list.

The phrase I have been coining of late as it relates to the top of the draft is that I wish I could start my rankings at No. 3 overall. There is not a bona fide, generational-type talent in this class. The margin of separation between five players is razor thin.

The placement of Hutchinson is going to surprise some fans. He has a higher floor than most in this class but is not a Myles Garrett-like prospect at the edge rusher position. Georgia is well-represented in the top 25 with six prospects. There are zero quarterbacks present but the reality is that at least two are probably going in the first round. Edge rusher is the most common position with six prospects [in the top 25].

Speaking of quarterbacks, Edwards listed three of them — Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett (28th), Liberty's Malik Willis (31st) and Mississippi's Matt Corral (38th) — in his next tier.

He wrote:

The first quarterbacks appear on the list with Pickett, Willis and Corral all bunched together. The running backs are also present for the first time with [Kenneth] Walker and [Breece] Hall inside the top 50 overall. The cornerbacks are the most well-represented in this range with five, including two from Washington.

Click here for Edwards' full list of his Top 100 prospects.