The Minnesota Vikings have put out one final siren ahead of draft day that they’re open to trading down from the No. 12 spot in the first round.
Pro Football Focus insider Doug Kyed reported on April 26 that many teams are looking to trade down on Thursday and specifically named the Vikings as a trade-down candidate who looks to accumulate more picks.
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Teams who could be looking to trade up in the draft: Seahawks, Jets, Saints, Cowboys.
Teams who could be looking to trade down: Most, but Panthers, Giants, Vikings are among them.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) April 26, 2022
Just two days before the first day of the 2022 NFL Draft, General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah addressed the consensus among many teams looking to trade down in a draft that, unlike past years, has few bonafide prospects at premium positions.
Adofo-Mensah Addresses Trade-Down Rumors
In pre-draft press conference, Adofo-Mensah declined to commit their plans to trade down before seeing how the draft board plays out.
However, he did offer insight into draft-day decisions revolving around trading picks and said Minnesota would be prepared.
“I can’t speak for the teams in front of us, but ultimately the draft is an auction — all it takes is one person to see that value,” Adofo-Mensah said regarding trade-down rumors around the league. “All these things that happen beforehand and all these things that get said… there is somebody sitting in a building right now that thinks that player is going to be the next great player. That person might want to trade up for that player, and ultimately, we’ll find that out whenever it happens, and we’ll be ready for it when it does.”
Adofo-Mensah has kept his cards close to his chest throughout the pre-draft process. He declined to comment on the team’s need to find another starting cornerback, ideally through the draft, with the team lacking cap space to sign or trade for a veteran starter.
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