NFC North scores first draft 'win' with Vikings trade

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NFC North scores first draft 'win' with Vikings trade

Minnesota GM Rick Spielman had the No. 3 overall pick up for bid for a couple of months, looking to add picks by trading down and still being in position to draft an elite-level player.

He got his wish when the Cleveland Browns gave Minnesota picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds to swap places with the Vikings. And Spielman is still in position at No. 4 to take his franchise left tackle in USCs Matt Kalil to match against Julius Peppers; his shut-down corner in LSUs Morris Claiborne to deal with Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson and the Green Bay legion; or even deal down a little more and still snag a day one starter.

The three added picks are all third-day picks but they can produce impact. Defensive tackle Henry Melton was a fourth-round pick; wide receiver Johnny Knox was a 5; and offensive line starters JMarcus Webb and Lance Louis were 7s.

Think Spielman would take that haul for his late-round add picks?

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.

Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.

Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.

Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.

“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”

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