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Vikings 2018 Opponents Swap Picks, Add Quarterbacks in 1st Round

EAGAN, Minn. — Many of the Vikings 2018 regular-season opponents were on the move in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

A trio of teams that Minnesota will see this upcoming season moved up from their original spots Thursday night, with two of those teams electing to grab a quarterback.

The Bills, who will visit the Vikings in Week 3, traded up to the seventh spot from pick No. 12 to add Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. He threw for 1,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions in 11 games.

Buffalo later traded up to the 16th overall pick from the 22nd spot to draft Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who recorded 109 total tackles (60 solo, 49 assisted) along with 14 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes defensed.

Arizona, Minnesota's Week 7 opponent, also moved up to get a signal caller, tabbing Josh Rosen.

The UCLA quarterback started 11 games in 2017 and completed 283 of 452 passes (62.6 percent) for 3,756 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The Vikings will have a postseason rematch against the Saints in Week 8 on ESPN's Sunday Night Football, and New Orleans' roster now includes defensive end Marcus Davenport from the University of Texas-San Antonio.

New Orleans moved up to the 14th pick from the 28th spot to get Davenport, who had 55 tackles (33 solo) with 17 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles in 11 games last fall.

Minnesota will see San Francisco in the 2018 season opener at U.S. Bank Stadium. The 49ers stood pat with the ninth overall pick and added Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, who was a First-Team All-America selection by the Associated Press in 2017.

The Jets made a pre-draft trade in mid-March to move up from the sixth spot to the No. 3 pick, which New York used to select Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold.

Darnold started all 14 games at quarterback as he completed 303 of 480 passes (63.1 percent) for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Miami didn't move from the 11th pick and grabbed Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Alabama safety, who won the Bednarik and Thorpe awards, recorded 60 tackles (38 solo) with 8.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, eight pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble in 13 games.

New England had a pair of first-round selections and used the 23rd overall pick to get Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, who was a three-year starter at Georgia at both guard and tackle.

The Patriots then stayed with the Georgia theme and drafted Bulldogs running back Sony Michel at pick No. 31. He rushed 156 times for 1,227 yards (7.9 yards per carry) with 16 touchdowns in 2017.

Seattle originally had the 18th overall pick but traded back to the 27th spot in a deal with Green Bay.

The Seahawks — Minnesota's lone opponent on ESPN's Monday Night Football — then took San Diego State running back Rashad Penny, who rushed for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2017. 

Philadelphia kept up with the theme of Vikings opponents trading their picks, as the Eagles moved back in the draft to allow Baltimore to pick at No. 32. The Ravens selected 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

The Los Angeles Rams did not have a first-round selection after trading the 23rd overall pick to the Patriots for wide receiver Brandin Cooks this offseason. 

A recap of Minnesota's NFC North opponents can be found here.

The Vikings drafted Mike Hughes out of Central Florida with the 30th overall pick. Click here* *for five things to know about the latest Viking.

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