Projected Trade: The Minnesota Vikings trade the third and 99th overall selections in the 2012 NFL draft to the Washington Redskins in exchange for the sixth overall selection, 39th overall selection, 70th overall selection and their fourth-round selection in the 2013 NFL draft
Rank: No. 3
The Vikings’ decision with the third overall selection hinges directly upon what the Rams with the second overall draft pick.
If the Rams trade down to a team who moves up to select Robert Griffin III, then the Vikings should fill a major need at left tackle and draft the best player available in USC’s Matt Kalil. However, if the Rams stay put at second overall, then the Vikings should look to trade down.
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos led by legendary quarterback John Elway, needs to bring a franchise quarterback to D.C. With the Cleveland Browns sitting at fourth overall and primed to select RG3, I expect the Redskins to make a big move up to the third spot in the draft and select the second of the two franchise quarterbacks to be had in this draft class.
Trading down makes sense here for the Vikings. With Kalil off the board, the Vikings can move down three spots and still have an opportunity to draft one of the class’ top left tackles in Stanford’s Jonathan Martin or Iowa’s Riley Reiff. If available, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne also remain possibilities.
The Redskins are known to trade away large packages of picks to acquire a player they covet, so I would not be surprised to see the Vikings to come away with a big package from Washington in a deal.
While the Redskins have many needs, this is a move that they could very well make. Simply put, neither Rex Grossman nor John Beck can lead this team back to success. The Redskins need to upgrade at the quarterback position, and the best option is Griffin.