Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/26/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman hinted at possibly trading back into the first round while discussing the earlier pick of Matt Kalil and he did just that. After taking Kalil, the Southern California left tackle following an earlier trade, Spielman added another first-round pick in Thursday's NFL draft by trading with the Baltimore Ravens to select Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith. Minnesota traded its second-round pick, the 35th overall selection, and one of its four fourth-rounders, 98th overall, for the rights to move up to the 29th pick in the first round. Smith, the second safety off the board after Alabama's Mark Barron was picked seventh overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will have a chance at becoming an immediate starter with the Vikings, who currently have Mistral Raymond and Jamarca Sanford as the starting safeties. Minnesota was looking to upgrade its secondary after finished 26th in the NFL in pass defense a season ago. The Vikings could look to add more players at safety and cornerback as the draft progresses with a stable of picks to use. Minnesota started Thursday with 10 picks in the seven rounds of the draft, but traded with the Cleveland Browns about an hour before the draft started, moving back one spot from No. 3 to No. 4 while gaining extra fourth- , fifth- and seventh-round picks. The Vikings ended up taking Kalil with the fourth pick. They had targeted Kalil from the beginning. But while speaking with the media, Spielman said there was a chance they would be picking again later Thursday. "We have some ammunition that we now can move up and down in this draft if there is someone that we really covet," Spielman said. "Don't be surprised if we don't move back into the first round tonight. Or we can go ahead and sit there depending how many names we have left, knowing we're going to get one of those names at our second-round pick and we may also look at trading back in the second round to accumulate even more picks. So there's still a lot of options open and we're going to be wide-open on everything as we go through this entire draft." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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