Spielman Throws It Out There – We’d Be Happy to Move Out of the #3 PIck

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman suspects that the new collective bargaining agreement will lead to more movement up and down in the first round of the NFL Draft. Holding the third pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Spielman is willing to be one of those teams moving down.

“We’re definitely open to moving,” Spielman said on Thursday. “We have a lot of confidence in Christian Ponder and what he’s going to bring to our franchise. But we’re also going to do our due diligence on Andew Luck and RGIII (Robert Griffin) to make sure if we’re in a scenario and they are sitting there at three, what are we going to do?

“Yeah, we’re definitely going to be looking to move out, too. I think where we’re at from a club standpoint, from our roster, potentially we’re going to have 10 picks,” Spielman continued. “In order for you to sustain a roster and a competitive roster year in and year out, you have to fill that roster with young draft picks. Hopefully you’re hitting on most of those young draft picks. We had 10 last year, nine of the 10 did make our roster and contributed in some way last year. Hopefully adding another 10 or more if we’re able to move down and accumulate more picks will just continue to help our process as we go forward.”

Spielman doesn’t expect any trades for those top picks to come until the final days and hours leading up to the draft.

The Vikings do have a need at left tackle and, if they remain in the No. 3 spot, they could potentially land USC’s Matt Kalil. Spielman spoke glowingly of Kalil’s skill-set, but was non-committal about addressing that position with their top pick.

“I think there is two schools of thought there. Is it having a potential Pro Bowl left tackle to protect the blindside of your quarterback? Or, is it to have a functional left tackle who can play at a starter’s level but making sure that he has the play-makers around him that can (help)?,” said Spielman. “As a young quarterback evolves in this game, as you see these young quarterbacks — where Eli Manning was, where Drew Brees was when he first started out — as they get familiar with their offenses, they learn to get the ball out of their hands quicker, that tackle can become a better player just by that quarterback getting rid of the ball out of his hands. And, also, if he has a lot of play-makers around him and a lot of options, that also will help that offensive line as well.”

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