Rumor of possible Vikings trade with the Patriots might have just been crushed

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After recently acquiring an additional first-round pick in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft, some have wondered if the next step for the Minnesota Vikings is to make an attempt to land one of the top three selections in this year's draft.

Currently, the Chicago Bears (pick No. 1), Washington Commanders (No. 2), and New England Patriots (No. 3) are scheduled to be the first three teams to make a selection in April's NFL Draft.

It seems extremely unlikely that the Bears are going to trade away the No. 1 pick, especially after they just traded quarterback Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers this past weekend. With this in mind, is it legitimately possible for the Vikings to work out a deal with the Commanders or Patriots for one of their 2024 first-round picks ?

NFL insider shuts down rumor of possible NFL Draft trade between the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots

While some have speculated about the possibility of Minnesota making a trade to acquire the second overall pick in this year's NFL Draft from Washington, there haven't really been any reports or rumors from people with legitimate sources about a potential deal between these two teams actually happening.

As for the Vikings possibly acquiring the No. 3 pick in a trade with the Patriots in the near future, well, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer might have deflated that theory when he recently said the following.

"It sounds like, right now, the teams in the top-three [of the 2024 NFL Draft] aren't willing to move.

...At least at [this year's NFL Scouting Combine], the Patriots were a 'no' when teams were looking to move up."

Now, the 2024 Scouting Combine concluded almost three weeks ago, so it's possible that New England might have changed their stance about trading the third overall pick this year since then, especially after Minnesota acquired an additional 2024 first-round selection last week.

Still, Breer's comments suggest that the Vikings' chances of acquiring the No. 2 or No. 3 pick in this year's NFL Draft are significantly low.

If this is truly the case, then Minnesota's best-case scenario might be to figure out how to acquire the fourth overall selection from the Arizona Cardinals or the fifth overall selection from the Los Angeles Chargers.

Neither team is in need of a new quarterback, so the chances of one of them agreeing to make a trade with the Vikings certainly seem much higher than they are for Washington or New England.

Could we find out about a draft trade between Minnesota and Arizona or Los Angeles in the near future, or could the Vikings defy the odds and pull off a deal with the Patriots or Commanders?