During the three days of the 2020 NFL Draft, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman made four deals, all of which saw the Vikings retreat or withdraw entirely from the draft for choices in 2021. According to a source well placed however, Trader Rick made make at least one attempt to move up the board in the first round on Thursday, to be rejected.
NBC Sports reporter Peter King was “integrated” with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the draft weekend, which means he was on the Buccaneers’ encrypted channel on Microsoft Teams they used for discussions. (That’s my interpretation anyway.) He had the opportunity to watch Bucs general manager Jason Licht go through much of the drafting process, and added this little treat from Thursday’s first round.
9:29. Voice over Cisco: “Minnesota  just called. “Licht, suddenly:” Too far back. No.
So it looks like the Vikings made have a player in mind that they wanted to jump and grab at # 14, where Tampa was seated in the first round. Tampa ended up trading with the San Francisco 49ers to move from # 14 to # 13 and select Iowa offensive forward Tristan Wirfs. San Francisco then took on South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw.
This trade saw the Niners send the numbers 13 and 245 in total to Tampa in exchange for the numbers 14 and 117. The Vikings actually got 117th place later in the draft. their trade with the Niners which ultimately led the Vikings to select Jeff Gladney.
Now, obviously, we have no idea which player the Vikings wanted to go up to # 14, and we probably never will. The Vikings ended up staying where they were and picked Justin Jefferson 22nd. If the Vikings considered large receivers early, only one had left the table before choice # 14, namely Henry Ruggs III traveling to the Las Vegas Raiders at # 12.
For the record, I think Jefferson’s selection will work very well for our favorite team.
Was Rick Spielman trying to get on the board to pick up another catcher in the first round this year? Like the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.