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Vikings Look Ahead to Day 3 of NFL Draft

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — It's not uncommon for a team to have seven picks in the seven-round NFL Draft. 

But after a day of wheeling and dealing, that's how many selections the Vikings are scheduled to have on the third and final day of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Saturday figures to be another intriguing day for the Vikings, who hold a trio of fourth-round picks (Nos. 109, 120 and 132), a sixth-round selection (No. 199) and three more seventh-round choices (No. 219, 232 and 245).

"It was a very good day for the Minnesota Vikings, a very busy day," Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said Friday night.

Minnesota has three of the first 24 picks in the fourth round, but Spielman said the Vikings first scheduled pick is an important one.

Spielman didn't rule out the fact Minnesota could make its fifth trade in less than 24 hours. Pick No. 109 is the second selection in the fourth round.

"The most intriguing pick is that second pick in the fourth round," Spielman said. "I know Green Bay is right above us with the first, but I imagine there will be a lot of calls with that second pick, with the names that are on the board right now."

Spielman also didn't discredit the importance of adding depth with the trio of seventh-round selections.

Now we have, I believe the top pick in the seventh round as well (with No. 219)," Spielman said. "So, when you get down there, we've taken players like (safety Jayron) Kearse last year, and I think we got (defensive tackle) Shamar (Stephen) out of the seventh round (in 2014)."

"We think there is a lot of value there," Spielman added. "I truly think our scouting staff does an outstanding job, because I am not going to be able to see a lot of those guys. I try to get to as many as I can, but I think our scouts do an unbelievable job developing that board in the later rounds."

Minnesota bolstered its offense Friday by trading up to take Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in the second round with the 41st overall selection.

The Vikings then moved up again, this time to the 70th spot, to nab Ohio State center/guard Pat Elflein in the third round.

Spielman said the Vikings front office and scouting department will be ready for another eventful day on Saturday. 

"I think that's what makes the draft so unique, is because it's so unpredictable," Spielman said. "People know the blue chip guys, but everybody's boards are different.

"So, everybody covets a certain player, and the fun part of it is, you don't know who that team is actually coveting," Spielman added.

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