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Mailbag: Fifth-year options, draft scenarios and reunions

By Andrew Krammer

Note: None of these questions were answered on the latest Purple Podcast with Judd Zulgad, Andrew Krammer and ESPN.com’s Ben Goessling. Send any questions you have on Twitter to @Andrew_Krammer, or email, and we’ll often use both the blog and podcast to answer.

In nearly two weeks, the Vikings will be on the clock. Until then, we have plenty of draft-centric mailbag questions to answer.

@Andrew_Krammer @1500ESPNJudd @GoesslingESPN @blakebaratz do you think there is any chance the Vikings would trade up for a receiver?

— Calloway (@CallowayBrady_) April 6, 2016

AK: I would be surprised to see this. While the Vikings have been active draft-day traders under Rick Spielman, they haven’t moved up from their first-overall pick in his first four years as general manager. Twice they’ve moved back a spot, both in deals with the Cleveland Browns in 2012 and 2014, and that’d be the more likely scenario if there’s any movement at all with the 23rd-overall pick. Also, they currently have eight picks and typically want 10 per year. Although there’s always a chance. The Vikings aren’t a rebuilding team anymore, and strategies can change based on climate. Should their top prospect fall, especially at a primary need like receiver, they could be tempted. And a big jump might not be needed, given one of the receiver-needy teams sits one spot ahead in the Houston Texans.

@Andrew_Krammer Do the Vikings exercise Pattersons fifth year option? Do they potentially make him a RB/WR Hybrid to increase his role? — Yinka Ayinde (@Saxyprince) April 6, 2016

AK: Most of these decisions have likely already been made, but all NFL teams have until May 3 to inform players on the fifth-year options, pertaining to 2013 first-round draft picks. And the Vikings have three such 2017 options to consider between defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Floyd and Rhodes are starters for a Vikings defense that could be one of the league’s best, and they’re both part of the long-term plan. The same can’t be said for Patterson, who has been one of the league’s best kick returners, but hasn’t contributed on offense since 2014. Spielman called the upcoming season a “telltale year” for Patterson, and this will likely be his last chance to stick around in Minnesota. Do they change his role to get him on the field? This is even more intriguing with the additions of offensive minds Pat Shurmur and Tony Sparano to the staff, but I don’t expect to see Patterson involved unless he can adequately run routes. The Vikings have other talent to prioritize, which includes finding a smoother approach between Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. Jerick McKinnon is the guy to watch for an expanded role.

@Andrew_Krammer Think Vikes interest in Doctson & Coleman is just smoke screen for other player in 1st? Thomas, OL, or someone to drop to 23

— Matt Frazer (@frazermattd) April 6, 2016

AK: Cloak and dagger season continues in the NFL, but the Vikings’ interest in top receiver prospects is not subterfuge. Spielman has made the pro day tour, personally stopping at workouts featuring TCU’s Josh Doctson, Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell, Baylor’s Corey Coleman and Ohio State’s Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller. They’ll draft a receiver, the question is where? Much depends on how the 22 picks fall in front of them. Regarding someone dropping: the fluctuation around Treadwell reminds me of Sharrif Floyd three years ago, when the highly-touted defensive tackle fell to No. 23. Treadwell’s 4.63-second 40-yard dash sent him down analysts’ draft boards, while the Vikings should welcome the long-armed, physical receiver.

@Andrew_Krammer Am I crazy? I’m thinking Vikings draft a CB in rounds 1-2.

— Brian Orcutt (@briano29) April 6, 2016

AK: You’re crazy, but I like the outside-the-box thinking. The Vikings will likely address cornerback depth in this month’s draft with a couple players in flux beyond this season. The reliable Terence Newman, who turns 38 in September, returned on a one-year deal and slot corner Captain Munnerlyn is entering the final year of his contract. The Vikings hope they have two long-term outside corners in place between Rhodes and Trae Waynes. So that’s why I don’t expect the Vikings to draft a cornerback as early as the first or even second round. But they could look to add depth, and a local prospect in ex-Gophers corner Eric Murray intrigues as a possible mid-round pick who could play in the slot.

@Andrew_Krammer @1500ESPNJudd @GoesslingESPN @blakebaratz Do you think there will be a Greg Jennings & Vikings reunion? per Greg Jennings? — Bret Culpepper (@culpeppb) April 6, 2016

AK: In case you missed it, former Packers, Vikings and Dolphins receiver Greg Jennings said on local radio that he has reached out to Spielman in an effort to return to the Vikings. Jennings kept his home and family in Minnesota after he and the Vikings parted ways last year, so his motivation goes beyond rejoining a now-competitive team. However, unless a deal works very well in the Vikings’ favor, I don’t see a reunion happening. Mike Zimmer was on the record recently saying he doesn’t think adding a veteran receiver is what the offense needs. And Jennings turns 33 in September coming off a 19-catch season for his third team in four years.

@Andrew_Krammer @1500ESPNJudd Who from the Vikings will be there at those top 30 visits in Minneapolis? Coaches, Scouts, Players too? — bridgewasser (@bridgewasser) April 6, 2016

AK: The Vikings wrapped up most of their pre-draft visits last week, and the official deadline to finish hosting prospects is April 20. Spielman elects to host as many as possible all at once, with reasoning varying from putting all these guys in the same room to making sure the necessary people are in the building for each one. It’s important to note the ‘top 30? invites doesn’t necessarily mean their top-rated players, as they annually bring in a handful of local prospects and guys with character concerns. Though the most recent top picks, linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Trae Waynes, were both invited to Winter Park before they were selected. And while Adrian Peterson helped the Vikings recruit free agents, such as offensive tackle Andre Smith, players generally aren’t involved in the draft process. During these visits, there aren’t many physical questions remaining with months of evaluation done since prospects played an actual game. The Vikings now place a big emphasis on character, whether that be how a guy responds to coaching or how he treats the intern driving him to the airport.

Here were the known prospects at Winter Park last week, reported by us or others:
WR Josh Doctson (TCU), WR Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss), WR Rashard Higgins (Colorado State), WR K.J. Maye (Minnesota), LB Reggie Ragland (Alabama), LB Darron Lee (Ohio State), LB De’Vondre Campbell (Minnesota), CB Ryan Smith (North Carolina Central), CB Eric Murray (Minnesota), CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (Minnesota), S T.J. Green (Clemson), S K.J. Dillon (West Virginia), OT Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M), OG Rees Odhiambo (Boise State) and OG Darrell Greene (San Diego State).

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