Posted by Evan Silva on April 26, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT
It was never a secret that the Minnesota Vikings wanted to trade out of the No. 3 pick in the draft. And they executed just under an hour before Thursday night’s start of round one.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Vikings and Browns have swapped the Nos. 3 and 4 overall picks.
FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer quickly confirmed the report, and passed along that Minnesota has acquired three draft picks, including No. 4, in exchange for No. 3. The Browns are expected to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Per Glazer, the Vikings hope to continue trading down the board.
Cleveland made this move, apparently, in an attempt to prevent against the Buccaneers from jumping into the third overall spot. Tampa Bay, sitting at No. 5, was known to be interested in leapfrogging Cleveland to get into the No. 3 hole.