KC Chiefs: 3 possible trade partners in 2023 NFL Draft
By Jacob Milham
Trade Up: Minnesota Vikings
Trying to be aggressive in the trade market has not translated to a championship for the Minnesota Vikings. The team has one of the worst draft cupboards this year, one that Kansas City could restock.
The Vikings did not win their Wild Card matchup in the 2023 season, despite posting a 13-4 record. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been a steady passer, while wide receiver Justin Jefferson is arguably the game’s best pass catcher. The Vikings’ offense was a top-10 unit in production but paired with a bottom-five defense. Minnesota invested heavily in defense in the 2022 draft, using five of their first six picks on defensive players. But somehow, those five players only posted 3 wAV, according to Pro Football Reference. If you did not know, that is, really, really bad.
If matters weren’t already bad, their lack of draft capital is even worse. According to Drafttek, Minnesota ranks 28th in draft capital in this year’s draft. That is the worst among all teams that have a first-round selection. If the team deems they have more holes than their one top-80 pick can fix, the Chiefs could move ahead easily.
While I prefer the Baltimore trade to this one, there are positives to this one. This trade uses more of Kansas City’s ten existing picks while propelling them into the range for falling prospects of the premium pick they had scouted out. The Chiefs cannot hope to roster all ten of their draft picks in the 2023 season. Might as well move on up for that special guy.