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Vikings reportedly interested in trading up in the 1st round

Yes, It’s unofficially official. The Minnesota Vikings are actively pursuing a deal that would allow them a selection in the top half of the first round in this Thursdays draft. Now throughout these past few weeks, while I was going over all the different scenarios that could take place before they make their first choice, this is the one I most wanted to see come to fruition. I also figured there was pretty much no chance the Vikings would try to move up, i guess that just really didn’t strike me as a Speilman type of move. That is until i heard a guy on TV say it. That’s right, NFL Networks own Ian Rapoport says the Vikes are indeed trying to move up with hopes of targeting either  WR Tavon Austin, or WR Corrdarelle Patterson, both of whom have the potential to add instant explosion in the pass game. It’s also reported that the Vikings would like to hold on to their 25th pick while doing so. While I would obviously be more than pleased to see either one of these guys in purple come Thursday, I wouldn’t even target a WR if this were Jordan’s world. No, i would have only one player in mind if  I pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal involving, lets say,  the 23rd over all this year, a 3rd rounder this year, and an additional mid-rounder in 2014. That player is Dee Milliner, CB,  Alabama. That’s right. Now I know corner isn’t the most pressing need for the team, but I think this kid is by far the most promising and exciting player in this years draft, and also the best DB I can remember coming out of college in recent years. I think the kids got all the talent of  a Darelle Revis, but the size of a Richard Sherman. This kid is pretty much a lock to go in the top 5 , and I doubt the Vikes will get anywhere near that high, but like I said, this is Jordan’s world. Now back in real life I guess we just wait and see where the cards fall, but no matter what I know I am very excited to see what Speilman and Co. have in store for us on Thursday.


Jordan Nadel

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  • MikeH123

    Spielman will do whatever it takes to get Teo, including trade up. But now they must likely move up ahead of New Orleans, according to Mel Kiper.

    • Jordan Nadel

      you think he’s moving up to make sure he can get the hawaiirishman?? very well could be! I think if we trade up we should go for gold and try and get into the top 5!

      • MikeH123

        Yes, go for gold – the colors of the Irish and Vikings! Don’t underestimate the importance of the MLB in the Tampa 2 – the QB of the D. Moreover, Teo is a star, whether that translates to the NFL level is a big question but I am 100% sure Spielman thinks he will.

  • robb

    Wow I agree completely about Dee Miliner, who is worth all of what the author here projects and then some.He is the best player in this draft.All the top 5 WR’s have serious flaws and may not be NFL ready immediately but Miliner would be ready to go from day 1 .Great article.But I saw on NFLN that the Vikes want a WR and a corner if they move up and I bet Spielman makes an offer they can’t refuse.

  • Ragnar

    You kidding me? CB is most definitely a pressing need, even more so now that Antoine Winfield is gone.

    • Wayne Davis

      I said the same thing on another post glad too see someone’s paying attention

  • Daniel Laxen

    The draft for the Vikings is a fluid situation…The needs of MLB, DT and CB are evident and should the Vikings guy not be there for 1 position it will be in another…I’ve thought all along that Te’o is the Vikings guy. The Mayock/Spielman connection is why…The need for a DT is as great IMO as that of MLB. Then there’s the nickel CB spot and Strong Safety positions…There are many ways this draft could fall for the Vikings…I don’t see the Vikings going after Austin or Patterson, either.

    Teams in the top 10 that may be trade partners are the Jets and Raiders…Both teams need picks and some cap relief. Picks offer that. The Vikings could offer #23 and a 3rd rounder and a sweetener later in the draft. Just a thought…Looking after the top 10 we have The Panthers and Steelers as prospective partners…Both have cap issues and either position would move the Vikings into position before the other teams that need MLB and DT help…
    After last years success in the draft I’m willing to give Spielman more leeway this year. The Vikings need another draft where they get 3 starters. Should that happen I believe the Packers will sit up and take notice of the Vikings as up and comers. Most Packer fans really don’t believe the Vikings offer much resistance against the NFC North Champs…Sholud the defense take another leap this year, I believe they contend this season. That is as long as Ponder continues to improve! Skol Brothers!

  • Wayne Davis

    Think of this offseason ?…. This could easly be another smoke screen by Spielman

  • Drew Tull

    This sounds like a Vikings FO leaked smoke screen to keep teams guessing. Rapport is only making an assumption that it is Austin or Patterson. The WR class is very deep in rounds 2-4 so reaching for one and losing picks makes little sense.

    The only two players that I would be excited about us moving up to get are Florida DT Shariff Floyd or Bama CB Dee Milliner which have both recently been mentioned as potential sliders outside of the Top 10. If they start to slide to the 10-12 range that phone call needs to be made to see gauge the cost.

  • MikeH123

    I had been relying on this web site for my Vikings news. No more. I learned today from a different site the Vikings plan to move Joe Webb to WR. And that isn’t news? Joe Webb would make a perfect split end. No reason to go after Patterson. Good bye.

  • Daniel Laxen

    The CB need is more of Depth look at what the Vikings have done. They pick Cook in the 2nd round a few years ago. He was a starter the last 2 years, and the only real problem has been keeping him on the field. Last year the took Robinson and traded for Jefferson…They had already decided that they could do without Winfield by his release or they wouldn’t have done that…I’m not saying they won’t draft one early, but the need at DT, MLB, and to some extent Guard is far more pressing…