Minnesota Vikings Draft 2019: Worst case scenario

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(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Erik McCoy
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Trade Down

If the Vikings are sitting there at pick No. 18 and no offensive lineman that is worthy of going that high is available, the first thing the team should do is look to trade down.

This is easier said than done as obviously, Minnesota would need to find a dance partner. In this scenario, both of the top tight ends are on the board and a team craving one of them could jump up by trading with the Vikings to land a potential star at the position.

All the top corners are on the board as well, and there are plenty of teams around the NFL that need cornerback help drafting at pick No. 20 or later and one toward the end of that string of teams could jump up to have their choice of cover men.

It would make a ton of sense for Minnesota to move down to the later portions of round one if they could. The Vikings could pick up additional draft picks this year and maybe even a high pick for next year.

The Green Bay Packers got a future first rounder from the New Orleans Saints a season ago for making a similar move, and that could be something that Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman could find very attractive if given the opportunity.

If the Vikings were able to make a trade that sent them to the later part of the first round, they could still find a quality offensive lineman who could start from day one.

Minnesota’s options would likely be Kansas State’s Dalton Risner, Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom, and Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy. All of these guys can play multiple positions on the offensive line and each would be immediately inserted into the Vikings’ opening day lineup.