Perhaps the best and most effective trade, based on performance was the Minnesota Vikings traded with in-division rival Detroit for Pro Bowl TE TJ Hockenson.
Already a top 10, possibly five, player at his position, Hockenson gave the Vikings a great run blocker as well as an added receiving threat in short yardage, as well as mismatch target for defenses.
Acquired after the injury to Irv Smith Jr, Hockenson had his best season as a pro to date. Having career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns, 60 receptions for 519 yards and three touchdowns just in his time with the Vikings.
Not even including his dominant 10 receptions for 129 yards in their playoff loss to the NY Giants. Leading all players.
TJ Hockenson o50.5 Rec Yds in the first half alone!— Jared Block (@jaredrblock) January 15, 2023
No sweat needed ✅ pic.twitter.com/mftlMg9eaF
Now that the season is officially over for both the Lions and Minnesota, the trade terms are officially finalized. With the details determined based on how the season ends.
The Vikings-Lions draft compensation are:
- Minnesota Vikings get (in addition to Hockenson): 2023 3rd-round pick; 2024 (conditional) 4th-round pick.
- Detroit Lions get: 2023 2nd-round pick; 2024 3rd-round pick.
The conditions of the Vikings 2024 fourth rounder will be determined if they win a playoff game in ’24. Should they win just one in that postseason, it drops to a fifth.
Considering the Lions are still enduring their re-build, and the Vikings needed another difference-maker in the passing game with WR Justin Jefferson, all parties involved win.
How it looks in the future will be based on how these picks are spent, as well as Hockenson’s Vikings tenure.
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