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Vikings use trade ammunition to target safety

The Vikings saw a need and a steep drop in talent at safety and called upon their plethora of picks to ensure they wouldn't miss out on Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith. Senior Bowl familiarity played a big role, Rick Spielman said.

There was a feeling in the air after the Vikings cut their pre-draft trade with Cleveland that the first trade wouldn't be the last. As it proved out, it wasn't. The Vikings traded back into the first round to select Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith, giving up a second- and fourth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens. General manager Rick Spielman said Smith was exactly the type of player...

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