"I think what happened to us in the offseason with Kenechi Udeze coming down with leukemia, we had Erasmus James coming off a second major knee injury, so for us to go out and get a premier pass rusher at that age was something we felt that that was very important to this organization," Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman told NFL Network.
On the other hand, Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson told NFL Network that he was just trying to get the most he could in draft picks out of the Vikings. He realized that Allen didn't want to stay with the Chiefs organization and rebuilding with double-digit draft picks this year was a viable option.
"It's always difficult to lose good players. I don't like to do that and have lost very, very few in the time I've been here," Peterson said. "He's a fine athlete, he's got a great motor and he's a very good football player. But when you have an opportunity to take a guy that you drafted in the second pick in the fourth round and get three players for him and another move in the sixth round – and he was a franchise guy who was pretty vociferous that he wanted to move on – I felt if we could get proper value for him we should do it and we did."
Hindsight proved the Vikings right – they weren't going to get Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey with the 17th pick in the draft. When Jacksonville traded their first-round pick, two third-round picks and a fourth-rounder to get to the eighth pick in the draft and select Harvey, it helped justify the steep price that the Vikings paid in draft picks to trade for Allen.
"We thought if we had to go up and get one of those defensive ends before the draft, that's at least what it would have cost," Spielman said. "You saw what it cost Jacksonville to go up and get Harvey, who we thought was a good football player."
According to the trade value chart designed by former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson, the Vikings would have had to give up more than their first and two third-round draft choices to trade up to the No. 7 overall draft position and trump Jacksonville, and that's assuming the Vikings could have anticipated Jacksonville's big jump.
The Vikings' move looked vindicated by the fact that they got a proven pass rusher instead of a rookie whose level of success transitioning into the NFL is unknown. Meanwhile, Peterson is hoping that the Chiefs' additional draft picks help justify the move on his end in the eyes of Chiefs fans.
"Hopefully this draft will soften the blow for Chiefs fans who didn't agree with this move," he said. "… This is rebuilding phase for the Chiefs; this gave us a great opportunity to do that."
NO MESSAGE SENT
Spielman was asked if the drafting of former USC quarterback John David Booty sends a message to Tarvaris Jackson.
"No, it's the process of going through and trying to add good football players. Anytime you can add good football players regardless of position, you're going to do that," Spielman said. "We moved up in the fifth round. John David Booty was high on our draft board as we were there. We thought it was important to go up and get the best player that was available. He fits our scheme very well and we're anxious to see what he can do when he comes in."
Booty, along with the other four draft picks, the 16 undrafted rookie free agents and about a dozen tryout players will be begin a three-day rookie minicamp Friday at Winter Park.