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Updated: April 26th, 2012 6:07pm
Vikings trade No. 3 pick to Cleveland for No. 4, plus three late picks

Vikings trade No. 3 pick to Cleveland for No. 4, plus three late picks

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Rick Spielman got his draft-day deal.

The Minnesota Vikings traded the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night to the Cleveland Browns, who apparently were concerned enough about another team leapfrogging them to take halfback Trent Richardson they were willing to give up three picks to secure him.

The Vikings received fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round picks in addition to the No. 4 selection in the deal -- Nos. 118, 139 and 211 overall. The fourth-round pick originally belonged to Atlanta.

The deal came roughly one hour before the draft's 7 p.m. start after a day filled with rumors the Vikings deal the pick to another team -- perhaps Tampa Bay, which owns the No. 5 pick and also was believed to covet Richardson.

The Browns entered the day with 13 picks. The trade gave the Vikings 13 picks, including the sixth-rounder they got from Cleveland in the Jayme Mitchell trade in September 2010.

The difference between the Nos. 3 and 4 picks on the traditional trade value chart is 400 points, which would equate to a mid-second round pick. The value of the picks Cleveland gave up was only 101.5 points, but that ended up a moot point, since the Vikings in essence got something for nothing.

Later, the Vikings packaged their second- (No. 35) and fourth-round (No. 98) selections to move up to No. 29 and draft safety Harrison Smith. That left them with 10 picks over the draft's last two days.

Vikings' remaining picks

Round 3, Pick 3 (66)
Round 4, Pick 23 (118) (From Falcons through Browns)
Round 4, Pick 33 (128) (Compensatory selection)
Round 4, Pick 39 (134) (Compensatory selection)
Round 5, Pick 3 (138)
Round 5, Pick 4 (139) (From Browns)
Round 6, Pick 5 (175) (From Browns)
Round 7, Pick 3 (210)
Round 7, Pick 4 (211) (From Browns)
Round 7, Pick 16 (223) (From Eagles through Patriots)

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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