2012 NFL Draft: Trade with Miami Dolphins More Likely for Minnesota Vikings

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IApril 10, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 29: Wide receiver Michael Floyd #3 of the Notre Dame Fight Irish runs upfield against the Florida State Seminoles in the Champs Sports Bowl December 29, 2011 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.  FSU won 18 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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As we approach the 2012 NFL draft, it seems more likely that the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins will swap first-round picks. Of course, the Vikings will demand more than just a swap of picks, because they currently own the third pick while the Dolphins own the eighth.

Spielman recently told ProFootballWeekly that he is considering trading the third overall pick.

If we want to get out of that pick, we’ll (determine) what it will take to get out of that pick,” Spielman said. “Plus you have to be careful of how far you would want to go back (down in the draft). You have to know what you’re looking at, depending on how far you go back. Are you getting yourself out of the (range of) the supposedly blue-chip type of players?

It seems that the only team that would trade with the Vikings would be the Dolphins. The Dolphins would love to land Ryan Tannehill because they are looking for a starting quarterback. David Garrard and Matt Moore are not exactly ideal starters in the NFL, and Tannehill is a much better prospect. 

The reason why the Dolphins might trade up to the Vikings slot is because the Cleveland Browns, who own the fourth pick in the draft, might just draft Tannehill with their pick.

According to a report from NFL.com, the Browns are hosting an interview with Tannehill along with Blackmon and running back Trent Richardson.

Colt McCoy is not exactly an ideal starting quarterback either, so it only makes sense that the Browns might look to improve the most important position on their team. 

It seems the Vikings are setting themselves up for being in eighth slot. 

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 31:  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of Texas A&M Texas A&M Aggies displays his MVP trophy after Texas A&M defeated Northwesten University 33-22 at Reliant Stadium on December 31, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images
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According to a CBSSports.com, the Vikings are hosting Michael Floyd for an interview sometime soon. This may be an indication that the team might be looking at their options with the eighth pick if they do trade with the Dolphins.

Floyd will definitely be available there, and if the Vikings do select him, it would make perfect sense because of their need for a No. 1 option at wide receiver. 

Although Justin Blackmon is considered the best receiver in this draft by most scouts, some people believe Floyd will be the best receiver out of this class.

It is well known that Rick Spielman loves former Notre Dame players, and Floyd is exactly the position the Vikings need. Floyd could bring the Vikings, and Christian Ponder, that down-field threat that they so desperately need. 

Although this may sound good, it is not ideal. Most fans want to see the Vikings acquire left tackle Matt Kalil. There are more prospects in the draft who have similar talent to Floyd, but no left tackle has talent that parallels Kalil's. The Vikings could acquire a strong wide receiver in the second round like an Alshon Jeffery or someone in the third round like Nick Toon or Tommy Streeter. 

The Vikings could select another valuable offensive lineman like Riley Reiff with the eighth pick. It would not be ideal to select Reiff because he does not have elite left tackle written on him. Some consider him to be a better fit as a guard rather than a left tackle.

The Vikings would make a huge mistake if they drafted Reiff. There might be a chance that Kalil falls to Minnesota with the eighth pick, but it is not likely.

The St. Louis Rams were already considering drafting him with their second overall pick, but if they find him at sixth overall, betting money says they take Kalil in a heartbeat. 

If the Dolphins do offer the Vikings a great trade package that includes a couple of picks in this draft, the Vikings might be okay. They need a lot of depth at the wide receiver and cornerback position, and this draft is heavy in those two categories.

The only acceptable scenario here is if the Vikings draft Floyd with the eighth pick and draft a slew of players to help fix their secondary. If the Vikings want to make the best use out of their picks, they should look beyond Reiff or Jonathan Martin. 

What the Vikings should do is look to draft a right tackle who has been protecting a left-handed quarterbacks blind side. It is essentially the same thing because he would be doing the same thing on the opposite side. A name that has been thrown around is Nate Potter. 

At 6'6", 303 pounds, Potter would be a perfect mid round addition to the team and provide them with the protection they need for Ponder's blind side. He will never live up to the hype that Kalil would have, but he will definitely play a lot better than Charlie Johnson did. 

Drafting a left tackle not named Kalil in the first round will haunt the Vikings forever. They should select the best available player with the eighth pick, if the trade does go down. The best available player should be Floyd, and he will fill that position of need with gusto. 

Much is not known about what the Dolphins are willing to trade or if they even will, but the Vikings need to make sure it is worth losing out on Kalil, who is the most valuable player in the draft not named Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. 


Sammy Sucu is a Featured Columnist for the WWE. Sammy also writes for the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Lakers. You can Follow him on Twitter here @ThaFreakness_BR.