It's draft season. Forget Throwback Thursday, how about Trade Back Thursday? Under GM Rick Spielman, the Vikings are known for their shrewd-but-trade happy tendencies in the NFL draft. As such, vikings.com will look at potential trade back options every Thursday from now through Day 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Scenario: Amari Cooper and DeVante Parker are both selected in the first ten picks, leaving Kevin White on the board when the Vikings go on the clock at No. 11. It's a surprise that White is the one still available, and the phones are ringing off the hook at Winter Park as the clock ticks down.
Teams who would potentially call in this scenario include the Cleveland Browns (No. 12), the New Orleans Saints (No. 13), the Miami Dolphins (No. 14) and the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 18). We'll focus on the Browns and Dolphins in this scenario because the Vikings have executed trades recently with both organizations – Miami last week for Mike Wallace and the Browns on draft day in 2012 and 2014. Those relationships matter when teams are talking deals with one another. Also, perhaps the Browns are a strong possibility here because the suspension of Josh Gordon amplifies their need at the position.
Previous trades involving similar circumstances can create the framework for future deals.
-- In 2014, the Vikings moved back from No. 8 to No. 9 and received a 5th
-- In 2012, Seattle moved back from No. 12 to No. 15 and received a 4th and 6th
The Browns are one spot after the Vikings. Given that the Vikings received a 5th-rounder last year for moving back one spot from No. 8 to No. 9, they would likely get a similar deal for moving back one spot this year from No. 11 to No. 12. While this year's deal takes place a bit further down the board, the Browns will also have plenty of competition and will have to pay in order to seal the deal.
Proposal 1Vikings receive: No. 12 overall pick plus a 5th-rounder (No. 11 pick of the 5th round)
Browns receive: No. 11 overall pick
The Dolphins sit at No. 14, three spots after the Vikings and two after the Browns. The best trade to use as a barometer here is the 2012 trade between the Seahawks (12) and the Eagles (15). Seattle moved back three spots, just as the Vikings would move back three with the Dolphins, and they received a 4th-round and 6th-round pick in exchange for doing so. If the phones truly are ringing off the hook, the Vikings may get a slightly richer deal this time around.
Vikings receive: No. 14 overall pick plus a 4th rounder (No. 15 of the 4th round) & a 6th-rounder (No. 15)
Dolphins receive: No. 11 overall pick
Which deal would you accept? Or would you hold your ground and take a player at No. 11?