Nov. 26, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans offensive tackle Matt Kalil (75) at the end of the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Southern California won 50-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Draft 2012: Rams And Vikings Talking Trade


There have been rumors for weeks now that the Minnesota Vikings would like to trade down and they may have finally found a partner in the St Louis Rams according to Bear Heiser of National Football Authority.

Despite reports to the contrary, it is believed the Vikings still want USC left tackle Matt Kalil. However, they recognise that there is no team between themselves at 3 and Buffalo at 10 who would likely draft Kalil and as such can afford to trade down.

The target for St Louis is believed to be Alabama running back Trent Richardson who is deemed to be the third best prospect in the draft and a prime target of the Cleveland Browns who pick 4th. A move to 3 would enable St Louis to secure the coveted running back and with the haul of picks they received in the RG3 trade with Washington they can afford the move.

There is a very interesting caveat to this particular trade discussion – St Louis is also in desperate need of a franchise left tackle. While Steven Jackson is entering the twilight of his career, he is still fairly productive and the team could do worse than retaining him. While it is unlikely, do not be surprised if the Rams turn around and take Kalil themselves having made the trade under the guise of being interested in Richardson.

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