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Vikings linked to blockbuster trade for Round 1 WR to help JJ McCarthy

The Minnesota Vikings already have a pair of dynamic wide receivers, but may not be done adding the supporting cast of rookie quarterback JJ McCarthy in the first round.

Justin Jefferson has a case as the true No. 1 receiver in the entire league, but the emergence of Jordan Addison as a rookie could make trading Jefferson a legitimate possibility.

However, if the Vikings actually move forward with both Jefferson and Addison, general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah could turn to a former first-round pick to round out Minnesota’s receiving trio around McCarthy.

Minnesota Vikings connected to Treylon Burks Trade

Treylon Burks never quite lived up to his expectations as a first-round pick during his time with the Tennessee Titans, but could flourish in a receiving corps led by Jefferson and Addison at the top of the depth chart.

Alex Kay of Bleacher Report has compiled a list of trades to help accelerate the development of the quarterbacks selected in the first round of this year’s class, including this deal that lands Burks in McCarthy’s supporting cast:

Vikings receive: WR Treylon Burks

Titans receive: 2025 seventh-round pick

“Burks could be available,” Kay writes for Bleacher Report. “Especially after the Tennessee Titans – the club that selected Boyd on Day 1 of the 2022 draft – brought in Tyler Boyd to fill their slot receiver role. With a logjam of receiving talent now in the Music City, Burks seems like the odd man out after a slow start to his NFL career.

“While Burks hasn’t produced much in his two seasons (he’s hauled in just 49 receptions for 665 yards and one score in 22 games), he’s dealt with injuries, poor quarterback play and a run-heavy system that are all have hindered development. . He still has a high ceiling due to his size, strength, athleticism and versatility – traits he could shine with while manning the spot in the Twin Cities.

Through his first two seasons, Burks has caught just 49 passes for 665 yards with just one touchdown reception. Considering the Titans signed Tyler Boyd, a trade involving Burks could be a logical next step. Likewise, Burks’ asking price likely isn’t much more than a seventh-round pick, as Tennessee would have minimal leverage in negotiations with teams around the league who see his role with the Titans could be limited.

“Treylon is obviously a big target,” an AFC Scouting Director recently told Heavy.com. “You should have a simple route tree for him, though. He’s big, physical, still on a rookie deal and that makes him more than worth a flier.”