The 2012 NFL Draft has already been a productive one for the Vikings, as they’ve added three players who will make an impact on the team as a rookies, including two – LT Matt Kalil and S Harrison Smith – who will start at their respective positions and the third – CB Josh Robinson – figures to make a run at the starting punt returner job as well as significant playing time on defense.
But the fun has just begun. Rounds 4-7 will go down on Saturday, and the Vikings will be major players in the action. As we stand right now, the Vikings have 9 selections over the final four rounds, including three picks in the 4th and two more in the 5th. In fact, the Vikings next five selections all occur within a 21-selection window. The Vikings also have one selection in the 6th round and three more to cap off the draft in the 7th round.
All of that ammo gives the Vikings some flexibility to move up if there’s a player they covet, especially in the early parts of the 4th round. While the Vikings cannot trade their compensatory picks – 33rd choice and 39th choice in the 4th round – they can consider exchanging their two 5th-round selections – #138 overall and #139 overall – for a chance to move up into the 4th round. Or, the Vikings could stay put and put those picks to use, acquiring several mid-round prospects to beef up depth at certain positions.
A lot can, and will, happen today, so make sure you stay tuned to vikings.com for all the latest information. You can also keep up with all the action by following us on Twitter. You can follow the Vikings (@VikingsFootball) and me (@wobby) to stay up-to-date on all things Vikings.
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