With draft speculation season getting started in earnest today, the folks at the SB Nation mothership have released their latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft and, in this version, the Minnesota Vikings get a new trade partner when it comes to their #3 overall selection.
In this case, our new trade partner is the Seattle Seahawks, who have the 12th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. They move up to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, and with the Vikings moving down nine spots, they end up selecting a player I like quite a bit in Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick's weed arrest is going to get his name bumped down on some draft boards but he is a first rate corner whose legal troubles pale in comparison to.
I don't know. . .the last time the Vikings spent a first round pick on a guy that was allegedly a pot head, it worked out fairly well for them. I mean, Percy Harvin has been pretty good, right?
Seeing this scenario made me curious as to what the Vikings could actually get from the Seahawks in order to make this trade happen, so I pulled up the Draft Pick Value Chart. Based on it, the Vikings' #3 pick is worth 2,200 "points," while Seattle's #12 pick is worth 1,200. That means the Seahawks would have to make up 1,000 points somewhere (if we're going by the chart). The Seahawks also have the 43rd overall selection, which is worth 470 points, which isn't nearly enough to make up the difference.
In this particular scenario. . .and keep in mind, this is just speculation. . .it appears that the Vikings could get #12, #43, and the Seahawks' first-round pick in 2013 in order to make this trade happen (since a 1st rounder next year would be worth approximately the same as a 2nd rounder this year). I don't know about you, but given the chance, I would hope that this team would absolutely jump at that.