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Aggressive Vikings wheel and deal at NFL Draft, select Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith

The Vikings were as active as any team on the first night of the NFL Draft. They made a lopsided trade with the Browns and still landed Matt Kalil. Then they traded back into the first round to bolster their secondary with Notre Dame safety, Harrison Smith.
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