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NFL Mock Draft: Will Brinson Of CBS Has Vikings Making Trade, Still Getting Matt Kalil

Of all the different scenarios that we've seen involving the Minnesota Vikings' third overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft turning into USC tackle Matt Kalil, I think that Will Brinson of CBS Sports has the most interesting one. His 2012 NFL Mock Draft released on Tuesday has the Vikings trading their third overall pick to the Miami Dolphins so that the Dolphins can snag Texas A&M Quarterback Ryan Tannehill up high.

Surprisingly, nobody takes Matt Kalil at that point until the Dolphins former eighth pick, where the Vikings are ready to pounce. A dream scenario for Minnesota? Yeah, pretty much.

The gamble by Minny pays off (how convenient!) as Kalil falls to them at eight and they pick up an extra pick. And even if it's not Kalil the Vikings prefer, the deal makes sense: if there are five guys they consider to be "elite" and would be willing to take with their first pick in the draft, moving down to eight locks them in after the quarterbacks are gone.

Is it likely that the guy most people are calling the 'best non-QB prospect in the entire draft' will go by four different teams and manage to drop into the Vikings lap if that trade does happen? It probably depends on how badly the Browns, Bucs, Rams and Jaguars think they need offensive line help. At this point, this particular draft scenario might just be a pipe dream for the Vikings. A pretty pleasant dream though, for sure.

The trade part of the scenario at least seems plausible. Miami has a terrible QB situation with their current battle being between Matt Moore and David Gerrard. That's a mighty mediocre line up, so them wanting to get their hands on the third best guy in the draft at the QB position isn't too difficult a prediction to make.

To their credit, the other three guys at CBS also gave the Vikings Kalil. It just wasn't in quite as fun a fashion as Brinson's method.

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