Trade lines up on value chart
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The careers of new Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best and whomever the Minnesota Vikings draft at No. 34 (or later) on Friday will determine who got the better of tonight's intradivision trade.
For now, the trade comes out a toss-up on the NFL's long-accepted value chart.
The Vikings gave up the No. 30 pick (worth 620 points) and the 128th pick (44) for a total of 664.
The Lions gave up the 34th pick (worth 560 points), the 100th pick (100) and the 214th pick (6.8) for a total of 666.8.
It's the second time in three years the Vikings have traded their first-round pick -- their 2008 pick went to Kansas City in the Jared Allen deal -- but a quick scan through the media guide turns up no record of dealing such a high choice to a division rival.
"He's a very good player," Spielman said of Best. "He's a scatback, has very good speed. We are going to have to play against him, and I understand that, too. I also know that we have a pretty good football team as well."