Vikings’ Kevin O’Connell jokes about trading for Patriots’ No. 3 pick

Minnesota is a prime candidate to trade up in the 2024 draft.



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The New England Patriots appear likely to keep the No. 3 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft — but that won’t stop other teams from trying to sweet-talk them into trading down.


The Minnesota Vikings are a prime candidate to trade up in the draft and take a quarterback after they acquired the No. 23 pick from the Houston Texans (in addition to their own No. 11 overall pick) and let Kirk Cousins walk in free agency.


Head coach Kevin O’Connell isn’t hiding this fact, and even joked about trying to butter up Patriots team owner Robert Kraft about a potential trade with New England up to No. 3.



“You know, I may or may not have sent a nice bouquet of flowers to Robert Kraft the other day,” O’Connell quipped during a speech Friday at St. Philip the Deacon Church in Plymouth, Minn., via Matthew Coller of Purple Insider.


O’Connell does have a connection with Kraft, as Kraft’s Patriots drafted the former NFL quarterback in the third round in 2008. Still, it’ll probably take a bit more than a flower delivery to move New England off the No. 3 pick.


As our Tom E. Curran reported earlier this month, the Patriots aren’t looking to trade their first-round pick unless they receive a package bigger than what the Miami Dolphins received in 2021 for trading the No. 3 pick to the San Francisco 49ers. So, the Vikings likely would have to offer both the No. 11 and No. 23 picks in this year’s draft and multiple future first-round picks to pique New England’s interest.




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