NFL Draft 2012: The Minnesota Vikings Must Trade Up to the 2nd Round

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 25:   Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers catches a pass over Tramain Thomas #5 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 41 to 17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Although general manager Rick Speilman and the Minnesota Vikings have had a very successful draft so far, the team needs to trade up to the second round if they want to keep succeeding. 

Currently, the Vikings do not have a draft selection until the 66th overall in the third round. The Vikings did have a second-round pick (35th overall), but they used that pick with a fourth-round pick (98th overall) to trade into the Baltimore Ravens' first-round pick and select safety Harrison Smith. 

Spielman already played the Cleveland Browns by moving down one spot and picking up a fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round pick. The Vikings already used the fourth-round pick to move up to get Smith, however they still have enough to entice a team that is looking to move down. 

Selecting Smith was the right thing to do, because as much as the Vikings needed a wide receiver, they needed a reliable tackler and a ball hawk in the secondary. Considering this draft is safety thin and receiver heavy, it made sense to trade up and secure Smith instead of a receiver.

With that being said, the Vikings still need to give second-year quarterback Christian Ponder another weapon on offense. There is a chance a talented receiver like Brian Quick will fall to the 66th pick, but at this point it may not be likely. Minnesota could take a look at Tommy Streeter and Nick Toon, but with 11 more picks left in this draft, the Vikings should try to trade up to the second round and secure a better prospect. 

The Vikings must make a strong effort to land former South Carolina gamecock receiver, Alshon Jeffery. He has the talent of a first-round pick, but his pedestrian play in 2011, mixed in with his sometimes lack of effort, is what makes him a mid-second rounder. 

Jeffery would fit the Vikings like a glove. Standing in at a 6"4, 216 pounds, Jeffery's size, with a combination of his incredible hands, is what will give Ponder a great red-zone option. He is a much better prospect than Streeter and Quick.

If the Vikings don't break the bank for a second-round selection, then they must act fast before he is gone. Jeffery and the Vikings would make the perfect marriage. By selecting Jeffery, the Vikings can then focus on building their secondary and offensive line with the rest of the picks in Day 3. 

The Vikings are making a huge push for a great team, so expect for them to make a big-time move for a big-time wide receiver. 


Stephen Hill was drafted by the New York Jets, Brian Quick was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, and Alshon Jeffery was selected by the Chicago Bears. Both Chicago and New York traded up for their receivers.

Rueben Randle and Chris Givens are still on the board, and Randle will definitely not fall to the third-round. The Vikings must make a move, Randle is a steal at this point in the draft. At this point, it will not cost the Vikes as much to move up.  

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