The Minnesota Vikings were able to add multiple additional mid-round picks while still selecting twice in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft Thursday night.
It’s been the MO of longtime general manager Chris Spielman, who loves to move up and down the board.
This included Minnesota trading down from the 25th pick to No. 31 overall with San Francisco, picking up a fourth and fifth-round selection in the process.
Minnesota still has 13 picks in the final six rounds of the draft, including three picks on Friday (Rounds 2-3). In talking about this dynamic, Spielman noted that he plans on being aggressive with the selections.
“We’re trying to be as aggressive as we can tonight because of the amount of capital we have,” the general manager told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “If there are players still in the upper echelon of the 2nd/3rd round, once we finalize our game plan that’s a definite possibility.”
While Spielman is talking directly about trading up for target prospects, there’s one rumor that won’t go away.
After adding wide receiver Justin Jefferson and cornerback Jeff Gladney to the mix Thursday night, the Vikings are still in need of help at left tackle.
The Vikings’ second-round pick (57th overall) probably won’t include them adding a high-caliber player at this position. Instead, there’s a chance they look to trade for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams.
The All-Pro left tackle remains on the block. Washington is said to be asking for a second-round pick in return. This would still give Minnesota 12 picks to work with over the final five rounds of the draft.
This might be a bit more complicated by the fact that the Houston Texans just signed fellow tackle Laremy Tunsil to a record-breaking contract extension worth $22 million annually.
Williams is said to be looking for an extension. Minnesota might not be able to afford said deal now that the market has reset itself.
Though, this is something to keep an eye on with Day 2 of the NFL Draft starting in mere hours.