Vikings reportedly want to trade during first round of 2022 NFL Draft

(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) Kwesi Adofo-Mensah /

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline recently revealed that the Minnesota Vikings would prefer to trade back in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.

In just 10 days, Kwesit Adofo-Mensah will get his first opportunity to run an NFL Draft for the Minnesota Vikings as the team’s new general manager.

How will Adofo-Mensah approach this year’s draft and how much different will his approach be from what former Vikings general manager Rick Spielman did during his long tenure with the franchise?

Currently, Minnesota holds the No. 12 pick in the first round, and many have been wondering what the team will do with their top selection this year. Well, a recent report might have revealed what the Vikings’ plans are for their top 2022 draft pick.

Minnesota Vikings would reportedly like to trade down in first round of 2022 NFL Draft

During a recent episode of “Draft Insiders with Trey Wingo and Tony Pauline”, Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline revealed some of the latest info he’s been hearing about Minnesota and their intentions for this year’s NFL Draft.

Here’s what Pauline had to say about the Vikings.

"“I’ve talked to several people who have said since the Combine, the Vikings have said that their goal, their objective, is to trade down out of that 12th spot to move deeper into the first round, collect extra selections on Day 2, and then they’ll take the best player available [in the first round], who I think is going to be Trent McDuffie.”"

The part about former Washington corner Trent McDuffie is an opinion from Pauline and not based on any news that has been shared with him by league or team sources.

However, he did also mention that Minnesota likes McDuffie this year as a cornerback prospect as much as they like LSU’s Derek Stingley.

Pauline also listed off a few teams that could be interested in making a trade with the Vikings in the first round including the Los Angeles Chargers (who possess pick No. 17), New Orleans Saints (picks No. 16 and No. 19, and Pittsburgh Steelers (pick No. 20).

Whatever Minnesota decides to do in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, it’s clear they are going to have a number of different paths to take with their top pick.

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