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Spielman: Vikings will consider trading No. 3 on clock

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By Eric Edholm

Vikings GM Rick Spielman told Pro Football Weekly that he’d be open to the idea of trading the third pick in the draft while the Vikings are on the clock on April 26.

The Colts and Redskins, holders of the first two picks, widely are expected to take Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, respectively.

“I think those picks will go relatively quickly,” Spielman joked. “But I’m sure there will be some conversations before that pick if we’re going to (make a trade).”

The Rams, the original holders of the No. 2 overall choice, expressed a desire to trade the pick well in advance of the draft. They accomplished that by landing three first-rounders and one second-rounder from the Redskins for that pick.

Spielman said he doesn’t need to have a trade in place in advance of the draft.

“There are times we have been in (the war room) and we’ve done deals on the clock,” Spielman said, noting his flexibility to make such a deal if the right offer comes up. “It’s an unknown, but you’re prepared for both ways. We’ll be ready and we’ll have a good idea of what we think the value of that third pick is."

The Vikings have addressed a need position in cornerback via free agency, signing Chris Carr and Zach Bowman, players whom Spielman envisions as “value players where the market might not have developed the way they had hoped.”

Still, he noted that nothing the Vikings have done in free agency will affect their approach in the draft.

If they are intent on addressing a top need — left tackle, for instance — and feel that USC’s Matt Kalil fits the bill, they’ll stay put. If they think they can get a quality player a little lower and there is a trade to be made, that option is very much on the table.

“If we want to get out of that pick, we’ll (determine) what it will take to get out of that pick,” Spielman said. “Plus you have to be careful of how far you would want to go back (down in the draft). You have to know what you’re looking at, depending on how far you go back. Are you getting yourself out of the (range of) the supposedly blue-chip type of players?”

Those plans will firm up in the next week or so as the Vikings finalize their draft plans.

“I think once we get through our draft meetings and get our board finalized and get the coaches involved, we’ll have a pretty good idea of what we want to do,” he said.

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