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Spielman says Vikings “more than willing to listen” to trade offers for No. 3 pick


The Vikings hold the third overall pick in the draft.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll use the third overall pick in the draft.

“[W]e’ll be looking at all the options,” G.M. Rick Spielman said Wednesday on NFL Network.  “If someone wants to come up and get our pick, we’re going to be more than willing to listen.”

Spielman predictably sidestepped the question of whether the Vikings have a bigger need for a left tackle (Matt Kalil) or a receiver (Justin Blackmon), saying only that “we know we’ll be getting a very good player at No. 3.”

And then he added “if we stay there.”

It doesn’t mean the Vikings wants to trade.  They’re just keeping all options open — and in turn keeping everyone guessing.

The trade value of the third overall pick hinges on whether the Rams decide to use the No. 2 selection, or to trade it to a team that wants the quarterback who remains on the board after the Colts take Andrew Luck of Robert Griffin III.

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24 Responses to “Spielman says Vikings “more than willing to listen” to trade offers for No. 3 pick”
  1. stl45fan says: Jan 26, 2012 7:28 AM

    Here in Da LOU, the Rams want to trade with Cleveland and still get Kalil or Blackmon. #2 guarantees a team a QB, not #3.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 26, 2012 7:41 AM

    For the 3rd pick, Miami will trade you AJ Feeley and Lamar Gordon.

  3. jefferee101 says: Jan 26, 2012 7:41 AM

    C’mon, its the Vikings, they’ll f*#@ it up somehow.

  4. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 26, 2012 7:50 AM

    Lucks real name is Andrew luck of Robert griffin III?

  5. 6ball says: Jan 26, 2012 8:10 AM


    “more than willing ” ?

    seems early for a fire sale, but then again it’s the Vikings . They’re the Santonio Holmes of franchises.


  6. andyb053 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:14 AM

    Andrew Luck of Robert Griffin III?

  7. gmen1987 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:32 AM

    Translation: “Please trade for our 3rd overall pick, pretty please”.

    If Luck and Griffin go 1-2, there is not many players left a team will be willing to sacrifice other picks just to move up in the draft.

  8. purpleman527 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:38 AM

    Well, at least for the first few weeks as GM, Spielman is saying the right things.

    Not sure how long it will take before he or the Vikes screw it up.

  9. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 26, 2012 8:56 AM

    The very first lie about this years draft was told by Polian when he said the Colts were not guaranteed to take Luck number one.

    This is lie number two.

    Expect anything and everything you hear in the next few months from NFL execs and coaches regarding the draft as BS.

    In other words, assume everyone is Andy Reid.

  10. godofwine330 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:05 AM

    This just ads more guessing to what my Browns are going to do at #4. I was hoping that the Vikings would beat the Bears in the last game giving us the #3, but alas they failed me (AND they blew the game against the Broncos when they got Tebow’ed).

    I want my Browns to get Griffing only if he falls in their laps. I don’t want them reaching because they will get good picks that can help the team at 4, 22 & 36 (hopefully Kalil or Reiff at T #4 [if not Griffin], a receiver (Floyd or Wright @22), and a linebacker or DB at 36. The Vikings are just playing with the draft numbers so we can’t know what everybody is doing other than the Colts.

  11. nycoccet says: Jan 26, 2012 9:18 AM

    When vikings GM says the might not stay at 3, he just means they don’t have to pick at 3. He can just let the clock run out like they are accustomed to, which will change the draft order.

  12. jimmysee says: Jan 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    Please con’t be too proud that you’ve got the #3 pick.

    Remember how you got there.

    Those top-5 picks are the NFL equivalent of the “walk of shame.”

  13. jackntorres says: Jan 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    I’ll give you favre, Benny sapp, and Greg Camarillo for the #3 pick.

  14. diehardtwinsfan says: Jan 26, 2012 9:43 AM

    I will be very disappointed if my Vikings don’t take Kalil with that pick… Unless they think he isn’t as good as the other LT that will go later in the top 10, you go out and get the Kalil.

    Premier LTs don’t grow on trees, and they never hit the FA market because they get locked up quickly. Premier wide receivers and corner backs can be found lower in the draft every year. They have a chance to lock up that position for the rest of the decade, and I highly doubt they will be picking this high again next season, so go out and make the best decision for the long term security of the team.

  15. vikesfan0717 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:31 AM

    Are they forgetting how bad their secondary was ? I say go get Claiborne !

  16. schmitty2 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:37 AM

    1972wasalongtimeago says:
    Jan 26, 2012 7:41 AM
    For the 3rd pick, Miami will trade you AJ Feeley and Lamar Gordon

    Considering Feeley is on the Rams roster your joke isn’t funny

  17. vikefan says: Jan 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    i know the team sucks right now but i’d trade the #3 pick for a brand new spankin stadium with awesome HD video screens, decent and roomy toilets, & rockin tailgating space!

  18. minnyfan4life says: Jan 26, 2012 1:45 PM

    I dont care where we draft just get Kalil or Blackmon…. I like Claiborne but the defensive backfield needs a lot of help and one guy wont turn it make as big of an impact as kalil or blackmon….. i like the idea of trading back and getting more picks but i think the vikes need either kalil or blackmon

  19. childressrulz says: Jan 26, 2012 2:01 PM

    They need more picks and A LOT more talent. They may need a new RB. God knows they need to revamp both lines.

  20. gosuhgo says: Jan 26, 2012 2:32 PM

    Lions will give you our 1st and 2nd rounders and a free win. Gotta get Morris.

  21. stavreafavre says: Jan 26, 2012 3:51 PM

    A team near the top of the draft is willing to trade?!? Now THAT is news!!!!

  22. zn0rseman says: Jan 26, 2012 4:26 PM

    Smart play. The Vikings have a good core of players, and I personally think Reiff is better than Kalil so I would be all about trading back so someone can leap-frog the Browns for Griffin, allowing the Vikingsclove back a couple of spots, get Reiff, snd gain a pick or two in later rounds.

  23. pappavike says: Jan 27, 2012 1:27 AM

    The Vikes Should stay at #3 and take Kalil if Ponder Isn’t Upright, What Would it matter. I can understand to at least listening to offers! Sliding down to #5 and someone elses 2nd round might make sense

  24. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 28, 2012 1:37 AM

    If Luck and Griffin III are taken first and second, use the pick and take Kalil, if not trade down.

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