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Mel Kiper has Draft Advice for the Vikings


ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper held a conference call with reporters today, and he had some pretty candid advice for the Minnesota Vikings.

If the Vikings aren’t planning to take a quarterback with the 8th overall pick, they should look to trade down in the draft.

Kiper’s advice isn’t completely original, as it’s been thought for months in Minnesota that Rick Spielman would probably want to obtain extra picks in such a deep draft class.

With it looking less and less likely that an elite prospect like Khalil Mack will fall to the Vikings, trading back may allow Spielman to squeeze maximum value from his draft class.

While top defensive prospects such as linebacker CJ Mosley and cornerback Justin Gilbert have been mocked to the Vikings previously, neither is seen as a lock for a top 10 selection.

Spielman will likely still be able to grab one of those players in the teens while acquiring extra picks for the rest of the draft.

That is, if the Vikings are not sold on any of these quarterback prospects at pick No. 8. If the Vikings elect to trade back, they could always use their extra draft picks to move back into the first round to grab a quarterback they like.

It’s actually beneficial for teams to come back into the first round for their quarterbacks, because then their rookie contracts contain a fifth year option.

And the way the quarterback draft class is being talked about now, it seems very likely that a highly rated signal called could slip to the back end of the first round. Who that is, is still anyone’s guess.

What do you think Vikings fans? Do you agree with Kiper or would you rather the team just stay at No. 8? Sound off in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @Goatmam102!

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  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    Manziel at 8

  • 3kolu

    Trade back

  • Ken Tomlin

    Trade back!

  • Gordon Guffey

    Trade back a couple of spots ~ No more ~ They need to draft Barr or Mosley ~ Barr being my pick ~ Pare Barr with Cole and the Vikings have the lead in the tallest set of 4~3 LBer’s in the NFL with Barr and Cole coming in at 6’5″ and Greenway at 6’3″: With Linval Joseph and Sharrif Floyd in front of Cole or Mosley they should have far less OL around their knees ~

    • David Mallow

      Barr is a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE with absolutely no coverage skills.. no way should we pick him

  • Skolviking75

    Because trading back in a talent loaded draft is SO easy. You just can’t trade down with whomever you want. Teams are not going to give up a lot to move up and it makes no sense to be desperate to trade down. Just ride the wave of draft day and expect some crazy stuff.

    • http://thevikingage.com Ben Gotz

      You’re absolutely right! It takes two to tango on draft night, and you can’t assume a willing partner will just appear

      • Todd Robinson

        Your absolutely wrong. If teams have a specific player on the board they want badly enough, history tells us that moving up to a spot like the #8 will be pretty expensive. Even if a team only wants to move up 4-6 spots.
        If a team wanted to move up from say 13, Minny could ask for 13, there 2nd or 3rd round choice and even a late rounder thrown in for good measure. You could also see teams even offer late round picks out of next years draft! Ricky’s a pretty smooth negotiator. So, don’t think he’ll be giving away such a prime spot