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Rick Spielman: Vikings want to trade down


General managers usually play things close to the vest in the days leading up to the draft, but Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman is stating publicly what he wants to do on Thursday night: Trade down.

Spielman said today that the Vikings are open for business to move down, and that teams interested in trading up to the No. 11 pick should give him a call. The Vikings have seven picks this year, and Spielman would like to increase that number.

“I’m looking forward to potentially moving out of that pick, if at all possible. I don’t anticipate us moving up at this point, but I would love the opportunity to move down and collect more picks. My goal is always to have 10 picks and one of the reasons for that is you get the opportunity to move up and down throughout that draft,” Spielman said.

Having said that, Spielman said the Vikings have a few players they love enough that they’d be willing to stay put and pick at No. 11.

“We may just stick at 11 this year if there’s a player that falls to us who’s just too good, we’re not going to pass and just going to take him,” Spielman said.

Basically, Spielman wants any team that has an interest in trading up to No. 11 to call him. There’s a good chance that the Vikings will say yes to a trade that yields them more picks.