Robert Blanton, who joins his defensive backfield teammate Harrison Smith on the Vikings.
So, how's everybody holding up? We're halfway through the third and final day of the NFL draft, and the Minnesota Vikings have been busy. After drafting three players in the fourth round, the Vikings used only one of their two fifth round picks. With that pick, they selected Robert Blanton, a cornerback from Notre Dame who may very likely play safety at the NFL level.
This keeps the ongoing theme of what I like to call the Vikings' First Annual "Bring Your Teammate To The Draft Day". The Vikings have already drafted three sets of teammates in the 2012 NFL Draft--Matt Kalil & Rhett Ellison from USC, Harrison Smith & Blanton from Notre Dame, and Jarius Wright & Greg Childs from Arkansas.
The Vikings traded their other fifth round pick (138th overall) to the Lions for a fourth rounder in 2013. They also swapped 7th round picks with the Lions, which moved Minnesota's last scheduled pick of the draft from 223rd overall to 219th.
At this minute, the Vikings have four selections remaining in this year's draft: one sixth rounder (175th overall) and three seventh rounders (210th, 211th, and 219th overall). Join us in the comments to discuss all things NFL draft as we head down the stretch.