Minnesota Vikings' general manager Rick Spielman was able to pull off another draft day deal that gave the Vikings three picks among the first 29.
It is the second time in Minnesota's history that the Vikings had three picks in the first round. The last time came in 1967. That year they drafted running back Clint Jones second overall, followed by wide receiver Gene Washington eighth, and defensive tackle Alan Page at No. 15.
Here's hoping this year's crop of first-round selections can be just as successful.
Spielman was able to address three of the team's needs, and draft the top-ranked players at their position.
With the 23rd pick, the Vikings selected defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd from Florida. Walter Football and Matt Miller, B/R's NFL Draft Lead Writer, rated him as the top DT in the draft and NFL Draft Scout had him ranked second.
Two picks later the Vikings fortified the defense again. This time they selected cornerback Xavier Rhodes from Florida State. Rhodes was rated the second-best corner by Walter Football and NFL Draft Scout and fourth by Miller.
Then Spielman and the Vikings worked the phones and negotiated a deal that moved them back into the first round. The Vikings received New England's 29th pick in the draft in exchange for Minnesota's picks in the second, third, fourth and seventh rounds.
If you're counting, that's four-for-one.
With that pick the team addressed a need at wide receiver, drafting Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee. Patterson was Miller's top receiver in the draft, while Walter Football had him ranked second and NFL Draft Scout third.
The Vikings were able to improve themselves at three positions, but still have needs at linebacker and defensive end to be addressed.
After the dust settled on the first round, the Vikings still have five picks remaining, but don't select again until the fourth round.
Here's a look at how those picks might go.