In a bit of amusement that is also packed with some solid analysis, ESPN's Bill Barnwell conducted an "all-trade" first-round NFL mock draft in which he proposes trades involving all 32 picks.
The Vikings, of course, don't have a first-round pick after dealing it in the Sam Bradford trade last season. But GM Rick Spielman historically has coveted first-round picks and has stockpiled them in previous years — leading to speculation that he could try to get back into the first round this season via a trade.
Barnwell notes this when he tabs the Seahawks, at No. 26, as a suitable trading partner with the Vikings. In his scenario, the Vikings would trade their second-round pick (No. 48 overall) and a pair of third-round picks (79 and 86 overall) for Seattle's 26th overall pick and a third-rounder that's a compensatory pick (106 overall). Compensatory picks can be traded this year in a new rule.
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