Minnesota Vikings Trading Up?

Mark JohnsonContributor IMarch 17, 2009

As announced by the owner of the Minnesota Vikings, Zigi Wilf, the staff of the purple and gold is "concentrating on the Draft." With that said, it is easy to assume that Minnesota has something in their plans to enhance the quality of their already young squad (especially on the offensive side of the ball).

A few things we know from this offseason.

As much as fans may hate it, Minnesota is content with their quarterback position and Minnesota was looking to acquire T.J. Houshmandzadeh before he signed with Seattle.

With that said, it is fairly obvious that Minnesota would like to add some power to their receiving core (more specifically, a possession receiver). How does a 6 foot 3, 214 pound, 4.40 forty sound? I am of course describing Michael Crabtree, a kid with amazing hands and unlimited potential.

While this does not seem very likely (considering most mock drafts expect Crabtree to go in the top 10), Minnesota could very well make it happen.

The Cleveland Browns are in desperate need of help on the right side of their offensive line. Minnesota has a solid backup right tackle in Marcus Johnson, which could be traded along with the 22nd pick overall for the fifth overall pick, which the Vikings could then use to draft Michael Crabtree.

At the 22nd spot, Cleveland is in a great position to take Ohio State stud linebacker James Laurinaitis. This trade and late first round pickup would give significant upgrades on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

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Remember, this is just a hypothetical that could advance both teams significantly and does not have nor does it require any sources.

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