The Minnesota Vikings went wheelin’ and dealin’ with six draft day trades (!!!) and in the end mildly impressed your dictator with a “B-” grade. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. After the dust settled, the Vikings added some value in the form of late round lottery tickets:
Began with: No. 81 (3rd), No. 120 (4th), No. 209 (6th)
Ended with: No. 102 (3rd), No. 114 (4th), No. 162 (5th), No. 191 (6th), No. 193 (6th), No. 217 (7th), No. 239 (7th)
No. 120 and No. 114 effectively cancel each other out, as do No. 209 and No. 217. There is almost no difference in the quality of player available at those two respective portions of the draft. So when eliminating those picks, here’s essentially what the Vikings got:
Began with: No. 81 (3rd)
Ended with: No. 102 (3rd), No. 162 (5th), No. 191 (6th), No. 193 (6th), No. 239 (7th)
Moving down from No. 81 to No. 102 isn’t that big of a deal as talent gets watered down at that point in the draft. As I state in Article 6 of TDI’s Glorious Constitution, “No. 61-100 yield roughly the same production, so aggressively trade back from the mid-second round into the third round.” By moving back from No. 81 to No. 102 the Vikings essentially manufactured four additional picks out of thin air: No. 162 (5th), No. 191 (6th), No. 193 (6th), and No. 239 (7th). Players drafted in Rounds 5-7 rarely go on to have meaningful careers, but why not scratch a few lottery tickets and hope one pays off?
Overall the Vikings net trade rating is a -24 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, which means they gave away more value than they brought in via their trades. I disagree. Over time I think the combination of players Minnesota drafted will exceed the value of those they traded away.