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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