Vikings News: Minnesota makes major trade to potentially draft a QB

Former Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy
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In a week that has already featured multiple significant changes for the franchise, another Minnesota Vikings news headline was created on Friday after the team made a big trade with the Houston Texans.

The Vikings have acquired the 23rd (first round) and 232nd (seventh round) overall selections in this year's NFL Draft from the Houston Texans in exchange for the 42nd (second round) and 188th (sixth round) picks in this year's draft and a 2025 second-round draft selection.

Minnesota now has two selections in the first, fourth, fifth, and seventh rounds of this year's NFL Draft to go along another selection in the sixth round. Friday's move was a significant one, but some are already thinking that this won't be the last trade made before the draft in April.

Vikings News: Insiders indicate another big move could be coming from Minnesota

Shortly after the trade was reported on Friday, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport shared an interesting piece of info about how the deal reminded him of something the Philadelphia Eagles did a few years ago.

Back in March of 2016, the Eagles made a trade with the Miami Dolphins to move up from pick No. 13 in the first round to pick No. 8. Philadelphia then used that higher selection in the first round in a trade with the Cleveland Browns a few weeks later that resulted in them landing the No. 2 overall draft selection in 2016.

Rapoport clearly believes that the Vikings could be making another trade to move up even higher in this year's NFL Draft. He's not the only notable insider who thinks more could be on the way for Minnesota after Friday's deal with the Texans.

The Athletic's Dianna Russini also shared a post on Twitter on Friday after the deal between Minnesota and Houston was reported, saying, "The Minnesota Vikings have a plan… ."

With the Vikings and Kirk Cousins recently going their separate ways, Friday's trade could possibly be the start of an effort by Minnesota to move up to the top of this year's NFL Draft to land their potential quarterback of the future.

Former USC signal-caller Caleb Williams is still expected to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Bears, and following the Washington Commanders' recent decision to trade quarterback Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks, many expect them to add one of the top young passers with this year's No. 2 overall draft selection.

That leaves the New England Patriots (Pick No. 3), Arizona Cardinals (Pick No. 4), and Los Angeles Chargers (Pick No. 5) as likely trade partners if the Vikings are going to attempt to move up in the first round before Day 1 of this year's draft begins on April 25.

Minnesota made a big trade on Friday, but it seems like it could potentially just be the start of something much, much larger.