5 players the Vikings could trade during the 2020 NFL Draft

(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Tyler Conklin
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Tyler Conklin – TE

The Vikings are very deep at tight end and they could easily look to move one during this year’s NFL Draft. If they do, the guy who they could be willing to move and would get the most interest for is Tyler Conklin.

Conklin is a sneaky good player who is a solid blocker and someone who can make plays on offense when he gets the chance.

The problem with Conklin and Minnesota is that he doesn’t get many opportunities. He’s got both Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph ahead of him on the depth chart and he only gets on the field when there is an injury or the Vikings are digging deep in their playbook.

Conklin has shown the ability to be an offensive weapon, having caught 13 balls for 135 yards in his career. He just lacks the targets.

This year’s draft isn’t real thick when it comes to the tight end class as the first one might not come off the board until midway through the second round. While there are a handful of guys who could go in rounds three and four, it’s a pretty weak group overall.

A team like the New England Patriots, who may want a veteran over a rookie, could call Minnesota about Conklin. He wouldn’t garner much more than a couple of late-round picks, but with promising second-year man Brandon Dillon also on the depth chart, the Vikings can afford to let him go.