Thursday, April 26, 2012
Two immediate starters for the Vikings
By Kevin Seifert
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- "Crazy" Rick Spielman was at it late Thursday night, wheeling and dealing his way back into the first round to find another starter at a barren position. Much as Matt Kalil figures as an immediate starter a left tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, so does Harrison Smith at safety.
Armed with three additional draft picks for moving down one spot earlier in the round, the Vikings had no problem giving up their second-round pick (No. 35 overall) and one of their four picks in the fourth round (No. 98) to select Smith at No. 29. By my count, the Vikings still have 10 picks remaining in Rounds 3 through 7, more than enough to move back into the second round -- possibly for a receiver -- if they choose to.
I imagine we'll speak soon with Spielman, and I'll wrap up a franchise-changing day for the Vikings before the night is through.