Thursday, April 22, 2010
Lions, Vikings help each other out
By Kevin Seifert
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Is it appropriate for a divisional blogger to hyperventilate at the end of the first round of the draft? That's pretty much where I am after watching two of our teams pull off a rare first-round trade.
Detroit acquired Minnesota's No. 30 overall pick in order to draft Cal tailback Jahvid Best. To help out their friends from the east, the Vikings got the No. 34 overall pick, along with what is believed to be a fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick for their trouble.
UPDATE: The teams actually swaped fourth-round picks.
(Incredible serendipity for me, if no one else.)
Most of the players the Vikings were probably interested in were off the board, but Best could have replaced Chester Taylor as the Vikings' No. 2 running back. But the Lions had a greater need, with starter Kevin Smith recovering from a major knee injury, and clearly weren't comfortable waiting to see if Best was available four spots later.
This isn't unprecedented, but it's certainly unusual so high in the draft. I'll be back with much more as soon as we hear from the responsible parties.