Minnesota Vikings new general manager Rick Spielman conducted his first draft having the final say on the team's picks and certainly enjoyed the experience.
There was a constant smile on Spielman's face in his post-pick press conferences. Coach Leslie Frazier described him as "giddy" after Minnesota traded with the Cleveland Browns to swap the third and fourth picks, with the Vikings moving back one spot and picking up three additional choices. The trade, made about an hour before the first round started Thursday, set Spielman's draft plans in motion.
He then added likely starters in first-round picks left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith. He filled needs in the secondary and at wide receiver, but Day 3 brought some unexpected picks -- tight end Rhett Ellison in the fourth round and kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth -- and none really jumped out as a steal.
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