Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is looking for Cleveland-style compensation for his No. 3 overall pick.
The Browns acquired five picks from the Atlanta Falcons last year - including two first-rounders and a second-rounder - for the rights to wide receiver Julio Jones. The Browns set a standard that has Spielman hoping to double up on first-round talent.
"You want to get everything you can this year," Spielman said.
Much of the Vikings' leverage hinges on whether Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III slips past St. Louis (or a Rams trading partner) with the second overall pick.
But Spielman is prepared to start the draft chatter at this week's NFL scouting combine, where executives start out talking casually and end up sounding like fantasy league owners.
Would you trade your third pick for my seventh pick and next year's first-round pick? Maybe? OK, cool. Let's revisit this later.
Two first-rounders for the price of one - even if the second is designated for the 2013 draft - allows Spielman to play to his strengths, he said.
"We've been pretty good with our first-round picks so far," said Spielman, who has run the Vikings' drafts since 2007.
The verdict is still out on quarterback Christian Ponder, the No. 12 overall pick last year, but it's hard to argue with first-round picks that brought Adrian Peterson in 2007, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen (via trade) in 2008 and wide receiver Percy Harvin in 2009.
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