Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Vikings' final piece in Percy Harvin deal set

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: February 3, 2014 - 1:40 PM

The final piece in the Percy Harvin trade is now set.

The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, which gives them the final pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Vikings will receive a third round pick in this upcoming draft from Seattle, which will be the 96th overall pick. They also got first and seventh round selection last year in the trade for the wide receiver.

Minnesota used the 25th overall pick from Seattle last year on cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who had a solid rookie season before suffering an ankle injury late in the season. The seventh round pick, 214th overall selection, was used on guard Travis Bond, who started the season on the Vikings practice squad but was picked up by the Panthers.

With that extra pick, the Vikings hold eight draft picks at the moment. That could change of course with a trade or any compensatory picks gained from free agency. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, who claims to be a “fixer,” could find that extra third round pick to come in handy in Zimmer’s attempt to improve the league’s 31st ranked total defense and find a quarter.

After all, the Vikings’ trade partners set a good example of how to. build through the draft. 

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