The Minnesota Vikings were reportedly interested in trading for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams. However, after the Vikings selected Ezra Cleveland with the 58th overall pick, the trade is now off the table, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com.
Minnesota had extensive discussions with Washington, which never pulled the trigger on a deal.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 25, 2020
Before the 2020 NFL Draft began, the Vikings reportedly offered a Day 3 pick for Williams. However, the Redskins weren't interested. The Redskins have been seeking to trade Williams for the past year, but they haven't come to an agreement with any teams that have been interested.
Williams sat out the entire 2019 NFL season because of a contract dispute. He reported once to the team, but he was placed on the injured list when he couldn't put on his helmet because of discomfort in the area where cancer had grown.
Nevertheless, with the selection of Cleveland, the Vikings will now be providing quarterback Kirk Cousins with some help in the pocket. Coming into the draft, the Vikings offensive line needed major improvements. This past season, they struggled significantly to protect Cousins. They were ranked 14th in the league in sacks allowed with 28.
The 6-foot-6, 311-pound Cleveland played phenomenal in his three collegiate seasons at Boise State. The 21-year-old left Boise State with one year of eligibility remaining. This past season, Cleveland earned a first-team All-MWC selection, starting 13 games at his left tackle spot. During the NFL Scouting Combine, Cleveland posted some standout numbers, as well as showing his tremendous athleticism.
Nevertheless, it'll be interesting to see if the Vikings made the right move by not trading any of their picks for Williams.