EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As promised, I'm live at Minnesota's training facility as we prepare to throw down in the second round. (I'm a poet and I most certainly know it!)
Before we move forward, I'd like to pass along an interesting tidbit from Rich Cimini's New York Jets blog over at ESPNNewYork.com. According to Cimini, the Vikings were hoping to draft Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson with the No. 30 overall pick before the Jets grabbed him at No. 29. Here's Cimini's account:
About five minutes before he was selected by the Jets, Boise State CB Kyle Wilson received a phone call from the Vikings. Made sense, considering the Vikings owned the 30th pick, one spot behind the Jets.
"I don't know if they were trying to hold me on the line, but I got a call, and then somehow the phone hung up," Wilson told New York reporters on a conference call.
Maybe the Vikings hung up when the Jets chose him at No. 29. What transpired seems rather obvious: The Vikings wanted him and, when they couldn't get him, they traded out of the 30th spot, working a deal with the Lions. The Lions took Cal RB Jahvid Best in that slot.
It's also possible the Vikings were entertaining offers from teams who wanted the No. 30 pick in order to draft Wilson. Having those teams bidding against those who wanted to be at No. 30 to draft Best would have created maximum leverage for the Vikings. The longer those dueling possibilities existed, the better for the Vikings. Just a thought.