Realistic Trade-Down Possibilities for the Minnesota Vikings

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Realistic Trade-Down Possibilities for the Minnesota Vikings
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The Minnesota Vikings hold the No. 8 overall pick in next week's 2014 NFL draft, an uncertain position for an organization with several needs on its roster.

Although the quarterback position stands out as a glaring hole, drafting one at No. 8 may not provide value, depending on who is available.

In addition, outside of drafting Buffalo linebacker prospect Khalil Mack, the Vikings are in an uncomfortable position if defense is the primary focus early in the first round.

With that said, Minnesota may be best served trading down from the eighth overall selection in order to accumulate draft picks for movement in later rounds.

General manager Rick Spielman made such a move in 2012, when he traded out of the No. 3 overall spot, moving down just one selection by "partnering" with the Cleveland Browns.

The Vikings received the Browns' first-, fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round selections in that year's draft.

This allowed Spielman to draft offensive tackle Matt Kalil, the primary target all along, and provided sufficient cushion to move back into the first round to draft safety Harrison Smith.

Let's take a look at some potential—and realistic—trade possibilities for the Vikings to acquire draft picks by moving down in the first round.


The NFL Draft Trade Chart was considered for each trade scenario, via ProFootballTalk.

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