Rick Spielman gets somethin' for nothin'
April, 26, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- We'll start our draft coverage by giving credit to Minnesota Vikings general manager "Crazy" Rick Spielman, who succeeded in creating a trade market for his No. 3 overall pick.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that the Vikings will move back one spot in the first round after making a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Vikings got three extra picks -- in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds -- to make room for a team to draft a player the Vikings had no plans to select. In other words, Spielman just got something for nothing.
The Browns are expected to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson. That means the Vikings will still have the opportunity to draft all three players they have targeted -- USC left tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon -- at No. 4, with additional trade compensation as well.
Having publicly ruled out Richardson as an option for the Vikings, Spielman must have convinced the Browns that they were in talks with another team that also had interest in him. I'm going to guess we'll never know who that team was (or wasn't). That's how these things go.
Back in a bit.