Let’s Talk about Draft Pick Trades

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The first deal that Kwesi made in his first draft was to trade with a division opponent. The Vikings traded picks 12 and 46 in exchange for picks 32, 34, and 66. Then with the 12th overall pick, the Lions selected Jameson Williams, who might be the best wide receiver of the 2022 class.

According to the traditional charts, the Vikings lost value in this trade. However, the new-age analytic charts have the Vikings winning by a wide margin. So, maybe we just call this one a draw? Or perhaps we save our decision on this for a couple of years and see how the players develop.

Either way, the Vikings probably could have gotten more from the Lions. But for now, they still got a safety if that’s what they wanted.

Kwesi Robbed the Packers in Round 2

Ok, now we get to where the real controversy begins. Kwesi decided to trade back in the draft with the Packers, who came up for Christian Watson. However, it is likely the Packers would do that no matter what.

The Packers lost a second-round pick, and the Vikings gave up nothing in exchange. We still got our guy later in the draft.

Ask yourself this. If the Vikings would have traded back with any other team and still drafted the cornerback they were after, would you be mad? Or are you just upset because it was the Packers? If Kwesi will rob a team in a trade, wouldn’t you want it to be the Packers?

To sum this up, they probably should have gotten more from the Lions. But do we even take the Lions seriously? However, stealing tons of value from the Packers is a plus.


Mitch Massman is a life-long Vikings fan. His first heartbreak was the 1998 NFC championship game. His full-time job is as an economic development professional in rural Minnesota. He fantasizes about the Vikings winning a Super Bowl one day, but until then he will write about the Vikings. Follow him on Twitter @skol_vikings3

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