With so much wheeling and dealing, maybe the NFL draft should move to Wall Street.
The Vikings swapped their No. 3 choice for the Cleveland Browns' No. 4 pick, with Minnesota also receiving fourth-, fifth- and seventh-rounders (Nos. 118, 139 and 211). After the Browns went for running back Trent Richardson, and before the Vikings took offensive tackle Matt Kalil, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars swung a deal.
The Philadelphia Eagles joined in on the fun by trading up to the No. 12 pick to select defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The Eagles' trading partner in that deal, the Seattle Seahawks, received the No. 15 pick, which they used to select defensive end Bruce Irvin. Seattle also received the No. 114 pick and the No. 172 selection.
The New England Patriots have developed a reputation for trading down throughout the years, but the team made two moves up on Thursday. After acquiring the No. 21 pick from the Cincinnati Bengals for the No. 27 pick and No. 93 pick, the Patriots selected Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones. Bill Belichick and Co. then grabbed the No. 25 pick from the Denver Broncos in exchange for the No. 31 pick and a fourth-round selection (No. 126), using it to select Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.