Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams (19) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Williams Trade Shakes Up Vikings Draft Picture


On Friday, the Buffalo Bills acquired WR Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a sixth round draft pick.

And news of the trade immediately shook up everyone’s projections for the first round of the draft.

Before, it was thought the Bucs would likely target an offensive lineman or a defensive player with the #7 overall pick, with quarterback still a possibility albeit a more remote one.

After the trade, it’s become almost a foregone conclusion that the Buccaneers will select a wide receiver.

With the Bucs now almost certainly in the market for a receiver, it’s highly likely that both Sammy Watkins, who could go as high as #2 to the Rams, and Mike Evans will be off the board by the time the Vikings select at #8 overall.

What does this scenario mean for the Vikings?

First off, it greatly reduces the possibility of the Vikings going receiver with the #8 overall pick.

An argument can be made for the Vikes to take a receiver at 8, but that argument depends on a top-notch talent being available at that spot.

Evans and Watkins are the two players in this draft who project at that level. If they’re both gone, you can virtually cross receiver off the list of positions for the Vikes to target at 8.

With Watkins and Evans gone by 8, a lot of potential trade scenarios also go out the window for the Vikings.

Receiver-needy teams like the Jets and Bills were thought to be potential trade partners for the Vikings as they perhaps endeavored to move down, but with no Watkins or Evans, those teams won’t be looking to move up to 8 for a wide out.

Of course, the Bucs needing a receiver also opens the door for a valuable offensive lineman or defensive player to drop a spot further than they otherwise would have.

Could the Vikings swing a trade with a team looking to move up for a Jake Matthews or a Justin Gilbert?

The scenarios get shuffled around if you project a receiver to the Buccaneers. Draftniks still have another month to sort this all out. And you know they will.

Draftniks always sort it out in the end.

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  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    Why the hell would Vikings go receiver? We have a clear one, two, and three, all with upside.

  • Gregg Zukoski

    Giants or Dolphins could be a new trade partner if they want Mathews bad enough if he is still available at pick 8

  • Paul Engleson

    The Vikings DONT need a receiver! The Vikings NEED a CB fool or a GREAT MLB and yes they need a QB THE VIKINGS DONT NEED A RECEIVER !

  • Brad

    Yes, the draftniks will figure it out in the end…and they will all be completely wrong come draft day, hahaha.

    • kris

      I think your mom was wrong for not swallowing u when she had the chance brad hahaha

  • Dan Daggit

    its more about taking the best player available. IF a receiver was that player and highest rated on the board, the option to take him has to be considered. Just as when they drafted moss, and Peterson. Neither was a need at the time, but took the BPA and it worked out. Upside if they took a Watkins and he worked out, you can cut Jennings and save a ton of money next year, or go 3deep part 2. I personally like the idea of stud defensive player, get qb in 2nd round or trade back into 1st. But if you did get Watkins the offense becomes truly dynamic.

  • MikeH123

    The trade shakes up the draft but not the way the author claims. Yesterday, Rick Stroud from the Tampa Bay Times predicted the 7th overall pick in the “2014 On the Beat: Mock Draft” for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be Johnny “Football” Manziel. And there are others that predict the Bucs take Manziel. Now, the Tarkenton/Favre hybrid is more likely available for the Vikings!!!

  • jamed

    So this doesn’t mean there gunna take wide receiver in the first round anyways this is a deep draft for wide receivers I actually had the bucs taking Ebron TE out of north Carolina. This guy acts like the Viks draft Is all messed up and if Watkins is gone by that time Evens wasn’t even predicted to go in top 10. But I see if a Watkins did fall to the Viks and taking BPA.

  • jamed

    I’m thinking also the we will be drafting Johnny Football or Bridgewater. Remember this saying before the season ended ” Tank for Teddy”.