Out of Nowhere, The Vikings Pull Off a Major Trade

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Folks, this one is coming out of nowhere. Per Tom Pelissero of The NFL Network, the Vikings are pulling off a major trade with the Houston Texans.

The word: “Draft trade! The #Vikings have acquired the #Texans’ first-round pick (No. 23 overall) for a package that includes second-rounders this year and next, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Minnesota gets: No. 23 No. 232. Houston gets: No. 42 No. 188 2nd-rounder in ‘25.”

The Vikings Pull Off Major Trade with the Texans

A lot to unpack with this one.

Recent days have featured the Texans and Vikings being connected due to free agency. Danielle Hunter has moved down to Texas to help DeMeco Ryans’ team. Meanwhile, the Vikings have added Jonathan Greenard and Blake Cashman as the defensive rebuild takes its next step.

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Nov 27, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The trade, though, doesn’t involve players. Instead, it’s all about draft picks.

Minnesota is losing some decent value. The current year’s draft pick total — nine selections — hasn’t changed. The only things that are changing as of right now are that Minnesota loses their 2nd to gain an added 1st. And then they now have a lesser late-round selection, dropping from 188 to 232.

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Jul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The major cost for the Vikings is that they’re losing next season’s 2nd. Do they feel more comfortable shipping out that pick because they’re now projected to get a 3rd-round comp pick?

The interpretation far and wide is that Minnesota is loading up to set themselves up for their next move: hopping up the draft board to select a franchise quarterback. VT’s Sean Borman offered this thought: “Vikings lose the trade on value charts but now have the ability to move up to get their QB without giving up years of 1st round picks. Absolutely love this trade.”

Oct 28, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) runs the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Hyundai Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Talk joined the fun, explaining, “Vikings are apparently gathering ammunition to move up from No. 11 to get a QB . . . how high can No. 11 and No. 23 get them? How high do they want to go? What/who else will they add to the offer?” PFT then tosses in a gif of Justin Jefferson (presumably, Florio is joking).

Folks, never a dull moment for Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and the Minnesota Vikings. The team is now working with the 11th and 23rd going into 2024.

In yesterday’s press conference, the GM explained that he didn’t feel compelled to draft a quarterback. The event will take place from April 25th to 27th.

K. Joudry is the Senior Editor for Vikings Territory and PurplePTSD. He has been covering the Vikings full time since the summer of 2021. He can be found on Twitter and as a co-host for Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast.