Rick Spielman has made no secret of his desire to trade back from #8 and accumulate more picks. If a trade does go down, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the New York Jets on the other side of it.
It’s no secret either that the Jets badly need receiver help. New York might land themselves a solid wide out if they stand pat at 18, but if they want to score one of the true studs and really give their offense an infusion of talent, they will likely have to move up from that spot.
This is where the Vikings could enter the picture. #1 receiver prospect Sammy Watkins will likely be off the board by 8, but Texas A&M wide out Mike Evans should still be there.
Evans has become a hot name over the past few weeks, largely thanks to his great performance at the combine. Evans is a specimen at 6-5, 230, but he’s more than just a physical freak. He knows how to use his body to create space, and has the speed to be a deep threat.
Rob Rang compares Evans to Vincent Jackson, saying Evans has the size and strength to dominate smaller corners, with enough speed to stretch the field.
The Jets have taken note of Evans and reportedly set up a pre-draft visit with the receiver. The Vikings are hoping Evans absolutely blows away the Jets, making them even more eager to swing a trade.
Rick Spielman would be happy to take a few draft picks off the Jets’ hands, slide down 10 spots and still land a pretty good defensive player like C.J. Mosley or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.