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Thursday, July 18, 2013
On that 2010 Lions-Vikings draft trade

By Kevin Seifert

Jahvid Best's official departure from the Detroit Lions merits a look back at the intra-division trade that made him the No. 30 overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft.

As you might recall, the Vikings sent that pick to the Lions in exchange for selections in the second (No. 34 overall ) and seventh (No. 214) rounds. The teams also swapped fourth-round picks, allowing the Vikings to move up to No. 100 overall and moving the Lions back to No. 128.

The Vikings drafted cornerback Chris Cook in the second round, used the fourth-rounder on defensive end Everson Griffen and took tight end Mickey Shuler Jr. in the seventh. The Lions used their fourth-round pick on offensive lineman Jason Fox.

Immediately after the trade, I obsessed over the Vikings' decision to pass on Best and ultimately draft Toby Gerhart as an understudy for Adrian Peterson. Then-coach Brad Childress later said the Vikings had reservations about Best's concussion history, but Peterson's production and health over that time period rendered the identity of his backup -- Gehart, Best or anyone else -- minimally relevant.

(And if you think Best would have been a bigger part of the Vikings' passing game than Gerhart has been, I would counter that Percy Harvin had that segment of the scheme covered.)

Let's take a closer look at the career and, in some cases the future, of the players who were involved in the trade.
Four years later, the trade left the Vikings with two key defensive players and the Lions with one potential offensive starter. As we discussed Wednesday, this is a trade that almost certainly wouldn't happen in 2013. No one would give up assets to move up and draft a player with a scary concussion history like Best's. So it goes.

Related: In the video, Michelle Steele and I discuss Best's legacy in Detroit.