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2012 NFL Draft: Vikings' No. 3 Pick More Valuable As Robert Griffin III Set To Declare

The Minnesota Vikings have so many ways to go with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The only thing they're not likely to do is draft a quarterback, as they are set on Christian Ponder for the future. But plenty of other teams are desperate for a quarterback, like Miami and Washington. Those teams could be interested in trading up to No. 3 to get ahead of the Cleveland Browns, who also may need to draft a quarterback. That puts the Vikings in a very interesting position.

On top of that, the news came out yesterday that Robert Griffin III plans to turn pro and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin is this past season's Heisman Trophy winner, and is almost certainly going to be the second quarterback taken off the board. There will likely be some movement as teams try and get ahead of Cleveland to grab Griffin if at all possible.

The only thing getting in Minnesota's way would be St. Louis above them, who have their quarterback of the future in Sam Bradford. That being said, the Rams could seriously be looking to use their pick, possibly on a wide receiver. That means the value of Minnesota's pick at No. 3 is at an all-time high. Most feel as though it will cost more to trade up in this draft than any in recent years. Minnesota has some thinking to do, to be sure.

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