Oct 26, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) calls a play against the South Florida Bulls during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
How’s this for an entertaining Vikings draft day scenario?
The Vikings are on the clock at #8. The phone rings in the draft war room and Rick Spielman picks up. Who should happen to be on the other end of the line?
“Hey Rick, it’s Jerry Jones. What do you say we make a swap? I need to move my butt up into the first and get me a defensive lineman. You need to move your butt down a ways and get a quarterback. What do you say Rick? I’ll throw in a belt buckle and some Texas prime rib.”
When the maniacal laughter dies down, Rick Spielman makes the trade.
And Spielman has extra picks in his pocket to play with later in the draft.
That’s the scenario John McClain throws out in his fifth mock draft of the season. And I think the Vikings would take that deal.
I’m not entirely convinced they would go with Bridgewater at 16, however. I think it’s just as likely they would go defense there and try to move back into the late first to get a quarterback.
The general idea does fit in with where I believe Rick Spielman’s thinking is going. The trade down has always been the most attractive scenario given the lack of sure-thing QBs at the top of the draft.
Players like Aaron Donald being available in the top 10 will make for some wild activity on the trade front, no question.