May 4, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman watches rookie camp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Spielman Plans to Wheel and Deal On Draft Day


Rick Spielman has never been one to stand pat on draft day – his huge deal last year to move back into the first round for Cordarrelle Patterson was just one example of his aggressive nature – and the same will be true this year.

Speaking to media at the Arctic Blast charity event in Wahkon, Minnesota Saturday, Spielman promised there will be wheeling and dealing.

“I really, really think we’re going to be doing a lot of movement in the draft,” Spielman told the Star Trib’s Master Tesfatsion.

Spielman wants at least ten picks to play with, but the Vikings currently have only eight. The team is not expected to receive any compensatory picks this year.

Some of the wheeling-and-dealing could happen pre-draft as well. It’s believed the Vikings are shopping Christian Ponder, who could fetch a late-round selection from some (incredibly incredibly incredibly) quarterback-needy team.

Norv Turner has already indicated that the Vikings will attempt to draft a QB this year. Their #8 overall pick may fetch them a top prospect like Derek Carr or Blake Bortles.

Or Spielman could choose to trade that pick, move back and get to his goal of having ten overall selections.

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  • 3kolu

    I’d definitely like to get more draft picks but not at the expense of losing out on an elite prospect. Because of the record number of underclassmen declaring for the draft, the Vikings should see value deep into the later rounds. We have to take some chances in the 6th and 7th rounds with players who fell because of character or injury issues.

  • Daniel Laxen

    Rick Spielman has been a turd picking after the 3rd round! More picks have equaled trash on the field. A look shows Fusco, Cole, Robinson, Wright, Walsh and Locke being players on the field. That’s an average RG, A back up MLB. A horrible CB, A pretty good slot receiver that doesn’t see the field often enough, A Pro Bowl Kicker, and a below average punter. Take a look at the Champs this year and you’ll see 15 starters from their drafts over the same period that Spielman has been the guy in Minnesota…As a Viking fan I want the teams best day to be on the field, not the 1st day of the draft when Spielman makes splashy moves to make headlines that include his name…

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  • David Mallow

    They will not trade the first pick in this Draft, I believe Mack will be the pick if so on the board, or they trade down a couple spots and draft Hageman. Either way it will be another good choice of Rick Spielman. Locke is far more than an average punter by the way. Cole was second on team in tackles in limited time before starting and eventually getting hurt. Fusco rated as the 4th best Guard in the LEAGUE I agree Robinson was not what they thought but the new scheme could change that, we’ll see. And Wright is a good athlete with great hands and decent speed (ask Richard Sherman) so to say these are bad picks…you’re high Walsh of course may be the best kicker in the NFL. A couple guys you didn’t name that I personally like on the roster. Travis Bond – G,Jeff Baca -G, Rodney Smith – WR, Gerald Hodges – OLB (who I think could start) Michael Mauti -MLB ( larger role this season) all picked 3rd round or later

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