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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