Record trades, other draft firsts for Minnesota Vikings

In review of the Minnesota Vikings 2017 draft, there were several team firsts.  Here is a list of them:

MOST DRAFT TRADES

Rick Spielman set a record by making the most trades over a Minnesota Vikings draft in the seven-round format. The previous high was his first year as general manager in 2012 with four, which was repeated again in 2014.

2017 Draft Trades

(1) Traded picks in 2nd (48) and 4th to Cincinnati for 2nd (41), 4/21/2017

(2) Traded 3rd (79) and 5th (160) to N.Y. Jets for 3rd (70), 4/21/2017

(3) Traded 3rd (86) to Kansas City for 3rd (104), 4th (132) and 7th (245), 4/21/2017

(4) Traded 3rd (104) to San Francisco for 4th (109) and (7th (219), 4/21/2017

(5) Traded 4th (132) to Philadelphia for 4th (139) and 7th (230), 4/22/2017

(6) Traded 4th (139) to Kansas City for 5th (170) and 5th (180), 4/22/2017

(7) Traded 6th (199) and 7th (230) to Washington for 6th (201) and 7th (220), 4/22/2017

2012 Draft Trades

(1) Traded 1st (3) to Cleveland for 1st (4), 4th (118), 5th (139) and 7th (211), 4/28/2011

(2) Traded 2nd (35) and 4th (98) to Baltimore for 1st (29), 4/28/2011

(3) Traded 5th (138) and 7th (223) to Detroit for 7th (219) and 4th in 2013, 4/30/2011

(4) Traded 7th (211) to Tennessee for 6th in 2013, 4/30/2011

2014 Draft Trades

(1) Traded 1st (8) to Cleveland for 1st (9) and 5th (145), 5/8/2014

(2) Traded 2nd (40) and 4th (104) to Seattle for 1st (32), 5/8/2014

(3) Traded 5th (148) to Carolina for 5th (168) and 7th (225), 5/10/2014

(4) Traded 5th (168) to Atlanta for 6th (182) and 7th (220), 5/10/2014

Bert Rose performed the most Vikings trades ever in a single draft. He made 11 in 1961. The most foolish trade was trading the No. 1 choice overall in the 1961 draft for George Shaw. He only played in four games and was then replaced by rookie Fran Tarkenton. Rose’s best trade was sending a 2nd and 11th-round pick to Cleveland for Jim Marshall, Paul Dickson and four others. Marshall alone was worth it.

1961

(1) 1st in 1962 to N.Y. Giants for George Shaw

(2) G Charles Janerette to N.Y. Giants for Ed Mazurek

(3) 10th in 1962 to Cleveland for Bob Denton

(4) Future draft choice to Los Angeles for Will Sherman

(5) Dave Whitsell, Zeke Smith, 5th and 9th in 1962 to N.Y. Giants for Mel Triplett, Bob Schnelker, and Bob Schmidt

(6) 2nd and 11th in 1962 to Cleveland for Jim Prestel, Jamie Caleb, Jim Marshall, Dick Grecni, Billy Gault and Paul Dickson

(7) 7th in 1963 to N.Y. Giants for Jim Leo

(8) 7th in 1962 to Philadelphia for Jerry Reichow

(9) Dick Haley to Pittsburgh for a 6th in 1962

(10) Bob Schnelker to Pittsburgh for Dean Derby

(11) Gene Johnson to N.Y. Giants for 9th in 1962 and future choice

MOST DRAFT CHOICES IN SEVEN ROUNDS

Since the draft went to seven rounds in 1993, the Vikings set a new mark with 22 draft choices held at one point or another. Spielman’s trading increased and decreased the choices throughout the three-day event. The previous high for choices held was 17 in 2012. Only Harrison Smith and Jarius Wright are still on the roster from that draft only five years ago.

1) NO CHOICE, Traded to Philadelphia for QB Sam Bradford trade in 2016 (14)

2A) Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State (41). Choice from Cincinnati for 2b and 4c

2B) NO CHOICE, Traded to Cincinnati for 2a (41)

3A) Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State (70). Choice from N.Y. Jets for 3b and 5a

3B) NO CHOICE, Traded to N.Y. Jets for 3a draft pick (79)

3C) NO CHOICE, Traded to Kansas City for 3d (104), 4d (132) and 7e (245). Choice from Miami for 3rd in 2016 (86)

3D) NO CHOICE, Traded to San Francisco for 4a (104). Choice from Kansas City for 3c

4A) Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa (109). Choice from San Francisco for 3d

4B) Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan (120)

4C) NO CHOICE, Traded to Cincinnati for 2a (128)

4D) NO CHOICE, Traded to Philadelphia for 4e (139) and 7c (230) draft picks (132). Choice from Kansas City for 3c 

4E) NO CHOICE, Traded to Kansas City for 5b (170) and 5c (180) draft picks (139). Choice from Philadelphia for 4c

5A) NO CHOICE, Traded to N.Y. Jets for 3a (70) draft pick (160)

5B) Rodney Adams, WR, Kansas State, (170). Choice from Kansas City for 4e

5C) Danny Isidora, G, Miami, (180). Choice from Kansas City for 4e

6A) NO CHOICE, Traded to Washington for 6b (201) and 7a (220), (199)

6B) Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech, (201). Choice from Washington for 6a

7A) Stacy Coley, WR, Miami, (219). Choice from San Francisco for 3d

7B) Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern, (220). Choice from Washington for 6a

7C) NO CHOICE, Traded to Washington for 6b and 7b (230). Choice from Philadelphia for 4d

7D) Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State, (232)

7E) Jack Tocho, CB, North Carolina, CB, (245).  Choice from Kansas City for 3c 

FIRST TIMERS

First pick at No. 41: 

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: Cook is only the fifth running back to be chosen in the second round by the Vikings in the draft.  He joins Jim Lindsey (1966), Ed Marinaro (1972), Jarvis Redwine (1981) and Toby Gerhart (2010).   

First running back from Florida State: Cook becomes the first running back from Florida State to be chosen by the Vikings in 57 drafts.

First pick at No. 109:

Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa: Johnson is only the seventh defensive tackle to be chosen in the fourth round by the Vikings. He joins Jim Harris (1965), Joe Phillips (1986), Roy Barker (1992), Mike Wells (1994), Shawn Worthen (2001) and Christian Ballard (2011). Wells and Ballard are Iowa alumni.

First pick at No. 201:

Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech: Hodges is only the fifth tight end to be chosen in the sixth round by the Vikings. He joins Doug Kingswriter (1973), Joe Senser (1979), Andrew Jordan (1994) and David Morgan (2016).

First pick at No. 245:

Jack Tocho, CB, North Carolina: Tocho is only the sixth cornerback to be chosen in the seventh round by the Vikings. He joins Bobby Bryant (1967), Carl Lee (1983), Tony Darden (1998), Adrian Ward (2005) and Jabari Price (2014). Bryant was also from North Carolina.


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