Vikings Draft Guard Jeff Baca in Sixth Round


Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; UCLA offensive lineman Jeff Baca speaks to the media during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Trader Rick was up to his old tricks again, swapping picks around late in the draft. When the dust settled the Vikings had moved back a few spots in the sixth, picking up an extra seventh from Tampa Bay. The twist? The seventh they gave up was one of the picks they gave New England in the deal that led to the Cordarrelle Patterson selection. That pick has been passed around more than a bong at a Percy Harvin party.

Yeah whatever. All I know is that when the Vikings finally picked again they got themselves an offensive lineman. Jeff Baca of UCLA to be precise. Oh UCLA again? It wouldn’t be a Viking draft without a double-dip.

What’s the skinny on Baca? Well he’s not skinny at all. He is an offensive guard after all. His UCLA career was marred by being declared academically ineligible at one point and at another point breaking his ankle. That’s the kind of guy you get late in the sixth. Maybe this dude will end up in the mix somewhere along that offensive line. Geoff Schwartz is gone remember.

After the trade the Vikings have themselves three seventh rounders. Let’s see what else Rick has up his sleeve.

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