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08:13 AM ET 04.19 | Just how high up are they willing to move for someone to catch the ball? NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night on "NFL Total Access" that the Minnesota Vikings are looking to trade up in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. They have the ammunition to do so with the No. 23 and No. 25 picks. Mr. RapSheet believes the Vikings would be targeting a wide receiver, likely West Virginia's Tavon Austin or Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson. The San Diego Chargers could be a potential trade fit; they want to move down from the No. 11 slot if they can't get the tackle they want. (That could be difficult.) If the Vikings were to trade up, Rapoport believes they would attempt to do so while still likely holding on to their No. 25 overall pick.

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April 19, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Vikings might not have to trade that far up to get a receiver, given the opinion that most teams with high picks are going for either OL, DL, or LB this year.

April 19, 2013  09:05 AM ET

It's hard to say why they should go for a receiver when there's no one to get him the ball.

April 19, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It's hard to say why they should go for a receiver when there's no one to get him the ball.

Yes, we are left to ponder that question as we head to the draft.

April 19, 2013  09:52 AM ET

It's a deep WR class, as a Vikings fan I would rather see us go defense with our first two picks and pick up a WR in the second round. Robert Woods or Terrence Wiliams would probably be available.

April 19, 2013  09:52 AM ET

The RAIDERS would give up #3 for #23 & #25 EASILY. Call Reggie ASAP

April 19, 2013  10:40 AM ET

OK, is it Rapoport or rapsheet ?

April 19, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The RAIDERS would give up #3 for #23 & #25 EASILY. Call Reggie ASAP

Ignore this Ray-duh fan Mr. Spielman. For your 23rd and 25th pick, the Lions will give you the #5 choice, high enough to get Tavon Austin, *and* giving you the opportunity to rub it in their face on opening day in Detroit.

Definitely a "win" all around, right?

April 19, 2013  10:53 AM ET

In theory they only need to jump to the 15th spot (Rams are at 16), but I'd be a just a little worried about the Chargers at 11 if I were them. I know, they're going OL, but their receiving corps is currently a mess.

April 19, 2013  12:24 PM ET

It seems there's going to be a lot of movement in the first round. Hard to tell right now who's going to be available where, epecially in the middle of the round.

If anyone makes the Raiders a remotely good offer for the #3 overall pick where they could get in return 3 picks in each of the the first three rounds, they are sure to jump. Hello, 49ers.....

April 19, 2013  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

In theory they only need to jump to the 15th spot (Rams are at 16), but I'd be a just a little worried about the Chargers at 11 if I were them. I know, they're going OL, but their receiving corps is currently a mess.

The one thing this year's draft lacks are those "gotta have this guy" players. Call it Newton/Luck/RGIII burnout or whatever, but this draft is loaded with players that can start for a lot of teams immediately.

I suppose if a team wants to guarantee they get what they want, they'll have to consider jumping up to get ahead of any other team that might take "their" player. The Chargers are a good example. If any of the top-rated LTs get to 11, then logic says that's the pick... unless Tavon Austin is there to give the QB a go-to target...

It's going to be an interesting Thursday night.

April 19, 2013  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

OK, is it Rapoport or rapsheet ?

Did anyone see the humor in using a source called Mr. Rap Sheet to evaluate a wide receiver?

April 19, 2013  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It's going to be an interesting Thursday night.

I can't wait. My team doesn't have a first round pick, but who cares? I love the draft.

April 19, 2013  05:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ignore this Ray-duh fan Mr. Spielman. For your 23rd and 25th pick, the Lions will give you the #5 choice, high enough to get Tavon Austin, *and* giving you the opportunity to rub it in their face on opening day in Detroit.Definitely a "win" all around, right?

I am missing how that is a win for the RAIDERS' lol

 
April 20, 2013  01:32 AM ET

Vikings should address their offensive line first then work on defense.

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