5 players the Vikings could realistically trade for prior to the deadline

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Chase Claypool
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Chase Claypool – WR (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Another receiver worth noting is Chase Claypool. The former breakout star for the Steelers has slowly slid down their depth chart but can serve a meaningful role in Minnesota’s offense. Diontae Johnson and George Pickens are the top targets in Pittsburgh’s offense, especially with Kenny Pickett taking over at quarterback.

Claypool is on pace to have his least productive season as a pro and is the type of player the Vikings are lacking. He can be a reliable middle-of-the-field target out of the slot who can also line up on the perimeter and win contested balls over smaller defensive backs.

Between Claypool and Mims, the current Steeler offers far more upside and has proven plenty more in his young NFL career. His size is perfect for red zone and situational passing, but he can serve as a tremendous blanket for Kirk Cousins underneath Justin Jefferson.

A red zone package with Justin Jefferson, Chase Claypool, Adam Thielen, and Jalen Reagor would give Kevin O’Connell a bunch of different looks and skill sets.

Now, trading future assets for a rotational wide receiver may not be the most pressing issue for the Vikings right now, but it could maximize their current window. If Claypool were to produce in Minnesota this season, he would be under contract for another year, and the Vikings would have time to lock him up for a few years down the road.

Adam Thielen should not be a lock to be on the roster next season and K.J. Osborn has been far from a reliable weapon this season. This could give Minnesota some clarity next to Justin Jefferson for the foreseeable future.