It’s been a busy offseason for the Minnesota Vikings as the franchise gears up to hopefully reclaim the NFC North from the Green Bay Packers. It’ll be tough to do, but this team has the makings of a serious playoff contender for the upcoming season. Regardless, it would be smart of the front office to make another big move or two to increase their odds of making the postseason. For that reason, we look at three potential trade targets who can help complete the Vikings’ 2022 roster.

Minnesota is in a pretty decent spot as is. Their team isn’t too far behind the Packers in the NFC North, as the only true advantage in Green Bay is Aaron Rodgers. However, the Vikings have an opportunity to become the favorite within their division. It is more likely the front office signs a free agent, however, a trade is not impossible.

Three areas the Vikings may choose to improve are the wide receiver core, defensive line, and the secondary. Minnesota already has prime players or prospects in those positions, however, the roster could go over the top with some big additions. If the front office can do that, then this franchise will be in a better situation at the start of the season.

With that said, here are three trade targets for the Vikings to round out their 2022 roster.

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Vikings Trade Targets To Complete 2022 Roster

3. N’Keal Harry

Okay, this isn’t the most exciting name but hear me out. N’Keal Harry has been majorly disappointing to start his career. The New England Patriots have him on the trade block for a reason. However, acquiring Harry would be a no-risk move for the Vikings. The front office can offer a late-round draft pick to add a young wide receiver for depth.

A change of scenery could be exactly what N’Keal Harry needs to rejuvenate his career. Additionally, he’s set to become a free agent in 2023. If he doesn’t pan out, the Vikings can just let him walk, no harm no foul. However, he’d have the opportunity to learn behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen and could prove himself in Kevin O’Connell’s offense. If that’s the case, then Minnesota walks away with a steal. If not, then the team moves on next offseason.

2. Poona Ford

The Vikings are actually defensively sound but could use some help within the interior defensive line. Poona Ford is in the final year of his contract and there’s a chance the Seattle Seahawks let him walk in 2023. Ford had the best year of his career so far last season after totaling 53 tackles (six for a loss) and two sacks. Not the most impressive stat line, but he could shine with better teammates around him.

Poona Ford can help the Vikings’ defense improve in stuffing the run. He’s fantastic at filling run lanes and forcing the opposing running back to change direction. He would be a key addition in Minnesota, as the front seven would immensely benefit from his expertise. Additionally, if he plays well, then the franchise suddenly has a young defensive tackle they can re-sign for years to come.

1. Byron Murphey

This will be difficult to achieve considering Byron Murphey is a starting cornerback in nickel packages for the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings brought in multiple exciting cornerbacks through the NFL Draft to improve the secondary. However, a player like Murphey would make this position group leap from great to elite. Adding a solid nickel-cornerback would help the defense out immensely.

With the addition of Za’Darius Smith, the pass rush should take the next step. The best compliment to an elite pass rush is a stellar secondary. If the Vikings can pull it off, the front office should make the trade as soon as possible. Trading for Byron Murphey could be a division-winning acquisition.