Trade No. 46 to the Minnesota Vikings
While there is this perception that teams do not make trades within a division, that’s simply not accurate. In fact, these two NFC North rivals have recently dealt high in the draft. Remember the Jahvid Best deal? That was the Vikings.
In this scenario, Minnesota is looking to move up to land the safety they covet after using their first-round pick on a wide receiver. In order to land the player, be it Karl Joseph or Vonn Bell or Darian Thompson, they give the Lions their 2nd and 3rd round picks (No. 54 and 86) for Detroit’s 2nd and 4th round picks (No. 46 and 111).
Detroit would gain 25 slots and pick up a second pick in the third round, while sacrificing 8 slots in the 2nd round. In this purely hypothetical situation, I would project the Lions using the picks here on Penn State DT Austin Johnson and Boston College safety Justin Simmons. It’s questionable whether or not Simmons would be on the board at No. 111. The Vikings would go with Maryland pass rusher Yannick Nkagoue in that spot in my hypothetical world.