Sometimes the draft is a little like playing No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em. When somebody calls with a trade offer, you may have to take a chance on still getting the guy you want.
That was how the Vikings' third-round trade with the Baltimore Ravens played itself out, as the Vikings re-acquired a fifth-round pick traded earlier to New Orleans as part of the Dontarrious Thomas selection to trade down six spots and take defensive end Darrion Scott.
"We had three guys we liked at that spot – Darrion, (linebacker Keyaron) Fox and (guard Sean) Locklear," coach Mike Tice told VU. "We kind of rolled the dice, but we thought it was a good gamble. We had (Scott) at the top of our second-round board."
Like Thomas, what the Vikings like best about Scott is his versatility. He is experienced both as a tackle and an end and will be competing for one of the swing role positions heading into training camp.
"He makes a lot of plays," Tice said. "He played on the outside for a national championship team and inside last year."
The biggest issue that dropped Scott, viewed by many as a second-round talent, has been shoulder injuries – which required off-season surgery. Like first-rounder Kenechi Udeze, Scott has an injury to his labrum (rotator cuff) that frightened off teams in the early rounds.
Tice said he isn't as concerned as others about the seriousness of the injury, saying that this type of injury can be played through if it reoccurs because the "shoulder doesn't pop out," adding that, as a former player, he knows what injuries players can and can't play through.
While Scott's role is yet to be defined, his versatility could make either Chuck Wiley or Billy Lyon a marked man.
"We're going to plug him in at Kenny Mixon's (left end) spot," Tice told VU. "We'll give him a shot at the swing position and see if he sends one of the older guys home."
Scott Another DL With Shoulder Problems
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