Where Samuel could fit with the Vikings
The Vikings have an apparent hole to fill at wide receiver after shipping Stefon Diggs to Buffalo. While Samuel would not be a one-for-one replacement, he would go a long way in helping the current state of the offense.
Minnesota’s offense tends to fall flat at times, evident by their lack of success in big games lately. Dalvin Cook and the rushing attack can only carry the team for so long before the opposing defense catches on.
Adding a player like Samuel would open up the Vikings offense a bit and add a much-needed spark. His ability to impact the passing attack and the ground game makes him a chess piece for any offense. He could be implemented into jet sweeps, touch passes, and routes over the middle to open things up for Adam Thielen.
Minnesota also had problems in the return game last season and they were forced to bring back Marcus Sherels. Samuel could improve that element of the roster right off the bat, which has to be considered.
The Vikings will still probably address their wide receiver need in the NFL Draft this April, but they can add an experienced weapon as well. What would it take?
The market for trades in the NFL is up in the air right now. DeAndre Hopkins was traded for basically nothing while Diggs netted four draft picks over the next two years. We have also seen a handful of quality players get moved for fifth-round picks since the league year began.
To acquire Samuel, it would likely require a third or fourth-round pick in 2020. Minnesota currently has two picks in the third round and one in the fourth.
With a deep draft class at wide receiver, it would be hard to justify trading for a struggling wide receiver. However, Samuel can bring a ton of life to an offense and he can fill a huge need on special teams.