The Vikings have been deep along the defensive line for a couple of years now, thanks to talented second-line players like Letroy Guion, Fred Evans, Jimmy Kennedy and Jayme Mitchell.
That depth has rarely had a chance to show up in games, as the starters have for the most part remained healthy and effective. But, the other advantage to depth is that, when you need draft picks, you can trade off your extra players to get them.
The Vikings today parlayed some of their D-line depth into an extra pick, trading DE Jayme Mitchell to the Cleveland Browns for a late round selection in 2012.
Mitchell, an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi, has progressed steadily since being signed by the Vikings in 2006. So far this season, Mitchell has appeared in 2 games, notching a sack Week 1 against New Orleans. However, with Brian Robison on-board and the team probably wanting to get more of a look at rookie Everson Griffen, Mitchell became expendable.
It’s always sad to see a solid player like Mitchell go, but frankly, he didn’t figure huge in the Vikings’ plans. From Mitchell’s perspective, this is a great opportunity for him to finally get a chance to contribute.