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Vikings’ O’Connell Jokes He Sent Flowers to Patriots Amid 2024 NFL Draft Trade Rumors

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to try to trade up for a quarterback in the NFL draft next week, and head coach Kevin O’Connell joked about the extreme measures he’s taking to get a higher pick.

On Friday, O’Connell joked that he sent New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft some flowers to sweeten the deal on a potential trade.

“You know, I may or may not have sent a nice bouquet of flowers to Robert Kraft recently,” O’Connell said.

It would probably take more than a bouquet of flowers to get the Patriots to trade their No. 3, but it would certainly get Kraft’s attention.

The Vikings currently have the No. 11 pick in the draft, but would likely need to move higher to get one of the top quarterbacks. Standouts like USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye and LSU’s Jayden Daniels are all expected to land in the top three in Bleacher Report’s latest mock draft.

Minnesota could settle for Michigan’s JJ McCarthy, but he could also be a top-10 pick, while a quarterback-needy team in the New York Giants holds the No. 6 pick. Other quarterbacks who could be available include Oregon’s Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr. from Washington or Spencer Rattler from South Carolina.

The Vikings are looking for their next franchise quarterback after Kirk Cousins ​​left for the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, and a big trade to land a higher pick may be necessary.