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Why did the Vikings trade their third-round pick? Spielman explains

Curious as to what Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman was thinking when he traded out of the third round Friday night?

Well, here’s the man in his own words. He laid it out in his opening remarks at the conclusion of Friday’s action.

“It was our third round pick for their third round next year, one of their fourth rounds next year — they will potentially get a compensatory pick next year, but that’s yet to be determined — and a sixth round pick this year. What that leaves tomorrow with is six picks: a fourth, a fifth, two sixths and two sevenths. Going into next year’s draft, we have a first, a second, two thirds, two fourths, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.

“Going through the logic on why that made sense to us or why that made sense to me to pull the trigger on that is a couple of things: Looking at the depth and the players and what our current roster looks like this year. The second point, I always try to look at what our roster and what are potential guys that are going to be coming out of contracts next year. Third, I would say is the depth on the board still left tomorrow. We feel very strongly that there are still a lot of very talented football players that we will be able to pick up and add to our roster.

“So those three things were kind of the thought process for doing the trade with Miami. In essence I get three players for the price of one, although I did bank two of those players for next year. In next year’s draft, having an extra three and and extra four gives you a lot of flexibility to move around in those early rounds, either potentially going back into the first or moving around in the second. We have a lot more flexibility next year than where I am anticipating we’re going to be picking lower in the rounds, where you don’t have as much flexibility.”

In other words, if Spielman didn’t pick the player you were looking for in the third round, try not to put your fist through the wall until you see what he does with the extra collateral that he gained from Miami for next year. He just might use it to leap back into the first round and take a player you’ll be a whole lot more excited about. Also, he didn’t lose a pick overall in this year’s draft. So he still has six picks to work with when the draft starts up again this morning.

Vikings draft Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander in Round Two

With their second-round selection, pick No. 54 overall, the Vikings drafted confident Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander this evening.

Alexander was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school before signing on at Clemson. After a redshirt year, Alexander was a Freshman All-American in 2014 and was a third-team All-American last season as a redshirt sophomore before deciding to enter the draft.

In 27 career games at Clemson, he recorded 52 tackles and broke up a dozen passes. But he was unable to record an interception in college.

The 22-year-old was measured at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds at the NFL scouting combine, where he boasted that he was the best cornerback in this draft class. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at his pro day.

Coach Mike Zimmer in the past has expressed his preference for taller cornerbacks. But Alexander has experience in the slot and perhaps the Vikings will groom him to replace Captain Munnerlyn in that role.

It is the third time in four years that the Vikings used one of their top picks on a cornerback. In 2013, they drafted Xavier Rhodes in the first round. Last year, the Vikings used their top pick on Trae Waynes.

The Vikings were set to be back on the clock at pick No. 86 in the third round. But they are done for the night after trading that pick to the Dolphins for a sixth-rounder this year and picks in the third and fourth in 2017.

Through two nights, they have picked two players. Last night, they used their first-round pick on Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.