The Minnesota Vikings got creative in the 2013 NFL draft, trading with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots to get the No. 25 and No. 29 picks in addition to the No. 23 pick they already had.
Sharrif Floyd fell into their lap at No. 23, and then general manager Rick Spielman addressed two team needs—wide receiver, thanks to the departure of Percy Harvin (Seattle) and cornerback, which lost veteran Antoine Winfield to Seattle and then eventual retirement.
He picked up cornerback Xavier Rhodes from Florida State and then Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee
All three players have done well so far.
The Vikings had nine picks in total in 2013, and even the three seventh-rounders gave the team something to work with.
Looking back on it, Minnesota didn’t do all that bad with the draft. The following are grades allotted to each player based on his performance and potential, keeping in mind that there are different expectations for players drafted in the earlier rounds than those taken later in the draft.
All statistics courtesy of pro-football-reference.com