The Minnesota Vikings may be considering a trade down, but who are they trying to trade with?
Tony Pauline of Draftinsider.net says in his up-to-the-minute rumor rundown that the Vikings may be looking at trading down from the #23 spot in the draft.
"Word circulating right now has the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets as teams most likely considering a trade down while the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos the teams who may inquire on moving up."
There are a couple scenarios where I could see the Vikings trying really hard to trade out of the #23 spot.
1. They aren’t that high on any of the wide receivers available and would prefer to move down and maybe address receiver later in the draft.
2. They’re high on one particular receiver and would trade down if that player happens to come off the board ahead of them.
3. They are looking to trade down and pick up a veteran wide receiver.
On that third point: Matt Miller of Bleacher Report said the other day that he’s been told the Arizona Cardinals are looking to move Michael Floyd.
I speculated on the possibility of the Vikings trading with the Cardinals to move down and pick up Floyd in the process.
Note that Arizona is listed among the teams looking to trade up.
There is a good argument for the Vikings trading out of the #23 spot and picking up a veteran wide-out like Floyd, a player who could step right in and help improve the passing game.
There’s also a good argument for staying put at #23 and selecting a young wide receiver with a solid skill-set who could develop into a better player than Michael Floyd.
Oh and did I mention that Rick Spielman said in his presser the other day that he’s already fielded calls from two teams looking to move up?
We know how Spielman likes working the phones during the draft.