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Prior to selecting Bryant McKinnie No. 7 in 2002, the Minnesota Vikings thought they orchestrated a deal to move up to No. 6.
It's something that fans of most NFL franchises take for granted, and they should.
Submitting your draft pick or official trade to the proper authorities in a timely manner at the NFL draft really shouldn't be that hard.
But it apparently was for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2002 and 2003 NFL drafts.
In 2002, the franchise believed the clock had run out on the Dallas Cowboys at No. 6, allowing it to jump in and select North Carolina defensive tackle Ryan Sims. Instead, the NFL ruled the Cowboys had struck a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, allowing them to swoop in and select the player who Minnesota coveted.
Instead of Sims, the Vikings got "stuck" at No. 7 with Bryant McKinnie, who went on to a much more productive career.
In 2003, Minnesota was again slated to pick seventh and allegedly targeted Oklahoma State defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Believing he'd be available later in the draft, Minnesota began to talk trades with teams just behind it in an attempt to acquire more picks and still be able to pick Williams.
The Vikings thought they had struck a deal with Baltimore to trade down, but the NFL didn't receive the proper paperwork from both teams, leaving the deal incomplete as the clock expired on Minnesota and two teams jumped in to make their picks before Minnesota finally selected Williams.
Since then, Vikings fans have annually been on edge until their official pick is announced.