This might be a good draft to consider trading down in the 1st, though. Perhaps better than most drafts for the simple reason that the pandemic impacted the previous collegiate season and as a result a lot of players in this draft don't have recent extensive tape. Some have not played for over a year. That creates more uncertainty on one hand, and I also think it shifts the emphasis towards "potential" over "production" in this upcoming draft, especially towards the top of the draft where the Vikings are picking.VikingTom wrote: ↑Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:01 amFor starters I want to say the only way I see the Vikings acquiring a 2nd round pick is by trading down in the 1st. I doubt they would give up their extra 3rd & 4th round picks, just not Spielman's style. I would prefer they stand pat in the 1st. Given a likely run on QBs there should be a couple very good options available when they draft.
The net effect of this could be more competition for some teams to move up, especially into the top 10, to get a guy they fall in love with based on his potential. And that, as you note, is likely to cause some talent to fall, but not just to #14. I expect some talent at positions the Vikings have more immediate needs to fall into perhaps the 25-32 range, making one (or more) trade downs in Round 1 potentially lucrative for the Vikings. They could possibly get not only one 2nd rounder back in that process, but perhaps another one, plus more mid-round picks or future early rounds picks.
But more importantly, they could still get players that probably should have gone earlier at positions where those players have a real chance to get on the field early in their careers too.
I'm not saying Spielman should do that necessarily, but I think this draft offers perhaps more opportunities than a prior drafts to make moves down in Round 1 that could pay off nicely even as soon as this upcoming season.
Personally, I'm hoping the Vikings get one of Slater or Darrisaw in the first round. I know there are some DL prospects that get thrown around, but with Reiff leaving and the gaping hole the Vikings have at left guard, I don't think Spielman can afford to let a starting OL talent slip past him if it's there. The compensation for a trade back would have to be pretty compelling for that to happen.