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NFL Draft 2014: Vikings Trade Talks And Possible Draft Picks

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Vikings GM Rick Spielman and the rest of the Vikings brain trust have a solid game plan in place, it seems

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We're down to less than eight hours until the NFL Draft begins, and NFL insider Albert Breer has just sent out a compelling set of tweets about the Vikings.  He has said that the Vikings, basically, have a lot of options available to them once they go on the clock:

I've always felt strongly that the Vikings would love to trade down, and the more I'm reading and hearing, the more surprised I'll be if they DON'T pull the trigger on a trade.  Breer made no mention of who the players they're comfortable with are, naturally, but it seems unlikely that all five will be gone when the Vikings pick.  If they can't swing a trade, I have a feeling the guy they'll pick will be a CB, one of either Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert, or one of the 'names we're not talking about at 8', as Spielman said in his presser a couple days ago.

But with Spielman, everything is a potential smokescreen:

I still believe QB is their #1 option, but I'll be stunned if all of the big three are still on the board. I don't believe any of the mocks that show Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater lasting into the teens--it's not happening. But that means a guy like Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack might be around, which would be good news for Minnesota, either in terms of picking a guy or trading down.

Look, I don't know what's going to happen. I think if they stay at eight and Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater are around, they'll take them. But I fully expect a trade.

But no matter what they do, any team with an autographed Sgt. Slaughter pic in their draft room is ready to go:

Hang in there, it's almost over.