Could Minnesota Vikings trade offers lead them to Morris Claiborne?
The Minnesota Vikings are still receiving trade offers for their No. 3 pick in tonight’s 2012 NFL Drafts. Officials from the club have also confirmed that the Minnesota Vikings are still looking over the trade offers they have received in the last couple of weeks.
In an interview earlier this week, a club official stepped forth to explain that the Minnesota Vikings were waiting for the perfect offer; one which provides the franchise with a “blue chip” player and a promising pick.
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has admitted interest in a couple of trade offers, however he has refused to bring into the light just yet. As a matter of fact, Rick Spielman told media he would for the final moments of the 2012 NFL Drafts before revealing Minnesota Vikings decision.
According to reports, Buffalo Bills have come up with two trade offers for the Minnesota Vikings. Buffalo Bills posses the No. 10 along with desire for the USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil. The Buffalo Bills have offered to switch first-round picks with the Minnesota Vikings and are ready to give up on their second-round pick.
Minnesota Vikings are tempted with Buffalo Bills trade offers but fear they would lose trading power by accepting it. As a matter of fact, the offer would eliminate Minnesota Viings from drafting Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne or Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon. According to Spielman, all of these players are wanted men at Vikings camp.
Minnesota Vikings have also received trade offers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay Buccaneers have offered to swap first-round picks along with their second-day pick. This seems like a decent offer, after all Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to target Alabama running back Trent Richardson with a third-pick.
However, if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquire Trent Richardson, the owners of the fourth-pick, Cleveland Browns will go for Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon. This means by the time its Minnesota Vikings turn, none of their top targets would be available in the drafts anymore.
According to some rumors, Minnesota Vikings could abandon all trade offers and swoop in for Morris Claiborne with their pick. Well, Spielman has praised him a lot lately.
“Mo Claiborne is maybe one of the most talented corners I’ve seen come out in a long time. He has very unique ball skills – he can play press and man,” Spielman said. “I know just reading through the papers that we’re a Cover-2 team. That’s not the case. We play some Cover-3, we play a lot of Cover-1 with (new defensive coordinator) Alan Williams and Leslie (Frazier) coming in and maybe making some tweaks to the defense.
“How does this corner can have an impact on our defense as well? And you look at the quarterbacks we play, you look at the receivers that we’re playing against in this division, to have a shutdown-type corner is also very intriguing.”