Vikings will have 10 selections over final two days

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 27, 2012 - 12:38 PM

The Vikings have 10 selections over the final two days of the NFL draft after picking up three picks in the Thursday night trade with Cleveland, then dealing two of their own choices to Baltimore for the 29th overall pick.

The Browns got the Vikings' first choice, third overall, in exchange for the fourth overall pick and selections in the fourth (118th overall), fifth (139th) and seventh (211th) rounds.

After taking Southern Cal tackle Matt Kalil with the fourth overall pick, the Vikings traded their second round pick (35th overall) and their fourth rounder (98th) to Baltimore for the 29th pick, Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith.

To get Smith, the Vikings relinquished their Round 2 pick and one of the four fourth-rounders they had stockpiled.

That leaves the Vikings with one pick Friday -- 66th overall, a third-rounder.

On Saturday, they will have nine picks -- three in the fourth (118th, 128th, 134th); two in the fifth (138th and 139th); one in the sixth (175th); and three in the seventh (210th, 211th and 223rd).

General Manager Rick Spielman said after the Vikings drafted Kalil that he still was interested in moving up via trade, possibly into the late first round. And he did, making a move for Smith to fill a glaring position of need, safety.

California dreaming

Kalil is the fifth player the Vikings have drafted in the first round out of Southern California. The others: Ron Yary (first overall in 1968), Steve Riley (25th in 1974), Joey Browner (19th in 1983) and Kenechi Udeze (20th in 2004).

Yary went on to have a Hall of Fame career. He played for 14 seasons, played 199 games and made 180 starts and helped the Vikings reach four Super Bowls.

What's next?

The Vikings have one pick today, the 66th overall choice. Top players taken at No. 66 in the past decade include defensive tackle Cory Redding (Detroit, 2003), center Nick Hardwick (San Diego, 2004) and offensive tackle Eric Winston (Houston, 2006).

Peterson runs

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said running back Adrian Peterson, who is recovering from knee surgery, ran with his teammates during optional workouts this week, and was even doing some cutting on the knee.

Peterson had surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee on Dec. 30, six days after suffering the injury in a game at Washington.

Frazier said the team is optimistic Peterson will be ready for the Sept. 9 opening game against Jacksonville.

Simpson signs

The Vikings officially announced the signing of free agent Jerome Simpson on Thursday. The former Bengals wide receiver had 50 catches for 725 yards in a breakout season in 2011.

Simpson faces NFL punishment after he pleading guilty during the offseason to a drug-related charge, being involved in a prohibited act relating to controlled substances.

He was sentenced to 15 days in jail plus three years of probation.

A three-game league suspension is likely. Simpson would be able to participate in training camp and preseason games.

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