Browns-Vikings Trade: Minnesota Trading No. 3 Overall Draft Pick to Cleveland

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIApril 26, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With just an hour until the kickoff of the 2012 NFL draft, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings are going to trade their No. 3 overall pick to the Cleveland Browns

The details of the trade have yet to be released, but NFL Insider Jay Glazer is reporting that the Vikings will be getting a total of three picks in return. We can only speculate that the Browns are moving up to No. 3 to assure that they will be able to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson—I can only assume that they were worried about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trading up ahead of them to snag Richardson as they currently hold pick No. 5. 

Either way, we now know how the top three picks will go: 

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck
  2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III
  3. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson

This is a smart move by both teams as the Browns are now guaranteed to land Richardson while the Vikings are piling up the draft picks. 

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