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Vikings Are On The Clock, And In Great Position

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 12, 2012 – 5:32 am

The Vikings hold the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and won’t make their selection until the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins choose in front of them. But for all intents and purposes, the Vikings are already on the clock.

The Colts are widely expected to take QB Andrew Luck at #1, and now that the QB-needy Washington Redskins have traded into the #2 spot, it’s safe to assume that Robert Griffin III will be the choice right after Luck.

That leaves the Vikings at #3, but essentially they have the #1 overall choice for all non-QB players. The Vikings could do what the St. Louis Rams did with their pick (originally #2 overall) and auction it off to any team enamored with WR Justin Blackmon, CB Morris Claiborne, LT Matt Kalil or any other player of choice. Furthermore, the Vikings will now have roughly six weeks to assess any trade offers that might come their way, whereas typically teams only have 5-10 minutes (while they’re on the clock on draft day) to make such an important decision.

If they don’t receive a trade offer to their liking or any trade offer at all, the Vikings can simply stay put at #3 and select the highest-rated non-QB on their entire draft board.

Either way, the Vikings are in a great spot. They’ll select an immediate impact player at a position of need with the 3rd pick, or they’ll move back and receive draft-pick compensation in return, while still getting a talented player who can help out right away.

Fans, what do you think? Kalil seems to be the natural fit, but do any of you feel Blackmon or Claiborne would be a better choice? And for those of you who want the Vikings to trade back, what’s the furthest you’d want to drop back? Let us know by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below this entry.


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Monday Morning Catch-Up

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 12, 2012 – 5:12 am

A lot has happened in the NFL since you were last sitting in front of your computer at work. Let’s go over a few of the most important developments…

– The Vikings released CB Cedric Griffin and OGs Anthony Herrera and Steve Hutchinson on Saturday. The moves cleared a reported $13.4 million in cap space.

– The Vikings can now use that extra cap space to pursue free agents. Free agency begins on Tuesday at 3:00 PM CT. I’ll be on with Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen this morning from 9:35 to 11:00 to talk draft, free agency and all things Vikings, so tune into that for more information.

– The NFL announced that the salary cap this year will be $120.6 million.

– All of this,  plus more, is discussed in this week’s Monday Morning Mailbag.

– The St. Louis Rams found a trading partner and now we know who will draft QB Robert Griffin III next month. The Washington Redskins traded their 1st-round pick this year (#6 overall), their 2nd-round pick this year and 1st-round picks in 2013 and 2014 in order to jump up to #2, presumably to select RG3. It’s a huge price to pay, but obviously the Redskins believe in RG3 so you have to commend them for going after a player they believe will change their fortunes.

– As we mentioned earlier this morning, the Rams-Redskins trade essentially puts the Vikings on the clock now. They can take the best non-QB on their entire draft board, or they can use the next 6 weeks to field trader offers from teams who’ve fallen in love with WR Justin Blackmon, CB Morris Claiborne or LT Matt Kalil.

– While it appears RG3 has a team, free agent QB Peyton Manning does not. But he’s commenced the process of finding a new home by visiting with the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardianls, in that order, over the weekend. He’s now returned to Miami, with no other visits with any team scheduled to this point. It’s been reported that the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks have bowed out of this dance, and we’ve also found out that the Tennessee Titans, via owner Bud Adams, are absolutely interested in signing Manning, who played college football at the University of Tennessee.


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