Could Vikings Trade Out of the First Round Entirely?


The problem with forming a firm consensus on who the Vikings should and will take with the #22 pick in this year’s draft is that, frankly, there doesn’t seem to be one guy worthy of such a commitment.  Percy Harvin, talented Florida wide receiver, seemed to be taking on favorite status there for awhile, but then the stories came out about his failing a drug test at the combine – stories that have yet to be denied by the player and his agent – and suddenly Harvin was off the board.  Offensive tackle Eben Britton then stepped into the void created by the Harvin downgrade, his combination of talent and character making him seem more in line with the Zygi Wilf/Brad Childress culture of accountability.  Unfortunately, Britton’s reign as favored prospect would prove short-lived as well, not over any worries about him preferring smoke to football, but rather concerns that he is not physically well-endowed enough, particularly in the arm-length area, to make it as an NFL tackle.

This is of course the kind of silliness that goes on every draft season, folks wringing their hands over whether a dude’s arms are long enough.  Seems to me that every player has pluses and minuses and the good ones are those that learn to work around their disadvantages, whatever they may be.  That’s why the draft is such a crap shoot:  you can’t know which guys will learn to adapt themselves to the circumstances they face.  It’s possible Britton could turn out to be a great tackle in spite of having the upper extremities of an Ewok; or, the arms issue could wind up being an insurmountable obstacle.  The question isn’t whether a given player is a risk, cause they all are to an extent; the question is, given what you have and what you need, and where you are in the draft, is the risk worth taking, or would you be better going with the cautious approach?

Here’s what I know:  the Vikings need a right tackle, very badly, unless they want to end up with Ryan Cook over there again.  There are lots of tackles considered worthy of a first-round pick in this draft, but unfortunately, most if not all of them will be gone by the time the #22 pick rolls around; and even if a guy like Britton is left, there is, as I indicated before, doubt whether he would be a good value pick at that spot.  The Vikes then have several options:  trade up to get a shot at a better right tackle; stay at the #22 spot and take a chance with Britton; stay at #22 and take something other than a tackle; trade down.  Not being a psychic, I have no idea which of these options the Vikes will choose come next Saturday.  But my gut is now telling me that there’s a very good chance they will choose to trade down, possibly out of the first round altogether.

And how did my gut come to this conclusion?  One name:  Phil Loadholt.

This giant tackle from Oklahoma was in for a visit, and I believe the Vikings are high on him.  Thing about him is, he’s not really a first-round prospect, but more of an early second-round type.  In other words, for the Vikings to take him at #22 would be a stretch.  Of course, we know that Brad Childress is not above reaching for a guy, but this time he shouldn’t have to.  If the Vikings really like Loadholt, more than they like Britton or William Beatty, the other right tackle whose name is often brought up, they can trade out of the first round and get him.  Of course, this assumes they can find a trade partner at the top end of the second round.  Sometimes you can’t make the deal you want to and have to eat it.

I now fully expect Trader Chilly to be wheeling and dealing come draft day.  Naturally, this could all change ten more times in the meantime.  Cause I really have no idea what’s going on, and neither does anyone else.

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  • Mike

    How about offering the Arizona Cardinals the Vikings first 3 picks, and throw in a player they need, for Boldin and their #31 (to get Loadholt)?   Doesn’t hurt asking.

  • Mike

    Cardinals need a better RB than Hightower.  If Vikes can’t sign Chester, the two RBs could also be involved? 

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i don’t think the cards are asking to much for boldin- 1st and 3rd. that is as i see it not the problem with the deal with almost any team in the running right now. i see that demend of his for that 10 mil a year contract. sue me, but he ain’t worth it, and apparently several GMs from nfl teams must be thinkin the same thing. if you guys would trade for him, you have to big of a contract on him and then when it is time to re-neg. with AP, and trying to nail down a franchise QB, and keeping a solid D built up????? only so much green to go around. and that is too much for boldin…..the trade for draft picks and players is virtually no problem at all.

  • Mike

    Boldin is upset with his contract of 2.75 and 3 M in 2009 and 2010, because he wants the same as Fitzgerald or 10 M.  But one reporter said he would be satisfied with 8 or 9 M on another team.  It couldn’t hurt for the Vikings to offer him 7 M, by saying he deserves the same as Berrian.  Afterall, he would be required to make the insane jaw-wrenching catches over the middle.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    he will be some where else next year because no team can dish out that kind of money for 3 players. 2 yes, but not three. they got fitz and warner tied up big. you guys would have AP and boldin then, but someone else would get left out or cut? you’d have to be satisfied with the qbs and the contracts they have. there would’nt be any free money. does’nt sound like that is the plan either. some say he’s headed for philly but honestly look at the contracts of mcnabb and westbrook and then do you think they’d have room for boldin? they just traded for peters and have one first rounder left to sign…..money just got tight for them too. we won’t get him either because we gotta sign d-ware this year. boldin may have just priced himself out of a logical trade? arizona does’nt have to trade him or do anything at all? he’s locked up for 2 more years. he signed the deal, did’nt he?

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    the boldin deal is all about one thing right now. who will offer arz. the most, because all they have to do is wait and see. one thing is certain, he won’t be a cardinal next season

  • Mike

    The Star Tribune says the Vikings are out of the Boldin trade - against the Ravens and possibly also the Giants, Jets and Eagles – because they won’t give up a 1 and a 3, but they should at least make an offer.  The Vikings have plenty of cap space, especially if they can work out a deal with Favre at QB.

  • Mike

    Vikings Super Bowl = QB Favre, RB AP, WRs Berrian and Boldin.

  • Mike

    Plus with Loadholt the Vikes would have two 6’8″ 333 pound bookend tackles with Hutch in between.  AP would run for 3000 yards.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    INTERESTING MIKE…….INDEED

  • Mike

    Vikings should make an offer for Boldin quick since Rotowire reports 1 and 3 round draft picks should do it, with a long-term contract extension of $8-10 million per year.  The Ravens may be the only competition.  The Eagles recently traded one of their two first-round draft picks, the Jaguars are closing in on a deal with Torry Holt, the Giants are thinking about Edwards of the draft and the Jets want to know they have a real deal at quarterback first. 

  • Mike

    Boldin would be a much better fit for Vikings than Ravens.  Ravens need a deep threat to stretch the field.  Vikings already got that with Berrian last year.  Vikings need a possession WR who can step in right away and get those first downs over the middle.  Boldin is better than any WR they could get in the first round and nobody cares that much about a 3, since they rarely pan out anyway, especially for Vikings.

  • Mike

    The Eagles say they are still interested in trading for WR Boldin with their #21 and a third rounder, even after trading their #28 for tackle Peters.  Why won’t the Vikings consider using their #22 and a third rounder (that rarely amounts to anything)?  The Eagles realize the WRs in the draft are too risky.