Vikings Looking for Draft Trades?

The frustration of Vikings fans could be the result of the team's interest in stockpiling draft picks rather than trying to rebuild through the lucrative free-agent market.

The Vikings' lack of activity this offseason has been the source of considerable consternation among their fans, but perhaps this inaction could be the team gearing up to being active traders on draft weekend.

With the seventh overall pick and no good-value players likely available at the position they need help at the most – wide receiver with Calvin Johnson sure to be gone – the Vikings might be poised to listen to trade offers to move off the seventh overall pick and take a wide receiver later in the first round.

While Johnson is clearly the class of the wide receiver crop this year, beyond him is something of a crapshoot. There are some who are enamored with the speed of Ted Ginn, but many draft prognosticators see at least four or five wideouts that will come off the board in the first round and just as many in the second round. There is talent to be had at the position and, from this vantage point, it would seem the Vikings are waiting for the draft to address this glaring need.

Barring an unforeseen re-signing of a player like Travis Taylor, the Vikings depth chart at wide receiver currently is headed by Troy Williamson, Bobby Wade and Billy McMullen. Clearly this is a group in need of help, and the draft may be the Vikings' only remaining alternative after losing out on Kevin Curtis.

In his time with the Dolphins, Rick Spielman earned a reputation for trading up and down, usually down to acquire additional picks. Don't be stunned to see a similar fate for the Vikings at the end of April. Unless they're targeting a player that many of us don't see – as was the case when the team kept quiet on their love for Kevin Williams – we could see the Vikings being very active on draft day. That would be a refreshing change from the inactivity we've seen during free agency.

* A bizarre incident involving yet another member of the Bengals occurred over the weekend when former Steeler Joey Porter and Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones got into a brawl in Las Vegas. According to reports, both players were at the same casino table and the smack talking ensued, with Porter claiming he'll always be a Steeler and showing off his Super Bowl ring to Jones and others. When Jones confronted Porter, punches were thrown – with Porter apparently getting the better of it. He was charged with misdemeanor battery.

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