Detailed Breakdown of Stefon Diggs Trade Proves Vikings Dominated Bills

Max Staley
Stefon Diggs was a great member of the Vikings, but the team got an excellent haul from the Bills.
Stefon Diggs was a great member of the Vikings, but the team got an excellent haul from the Bills. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Trading Stefon Diggs had to be a tough pill to swallow for Minnesota Vikings fans. Since joining the team in 2015, Diggs led the team in receptions (365), receiving yards (4,623) and receiving touchdowns (30).

However, the organization got an absolute haul back from the Buffalo Bills.

The Vikings shipped out Diggs and a 2020 seventh rounder, receiving the No. 22 overall pick, a 2020 fifth-round pick (No. 155), a 2020 sixth-round pick (No. 201) and a 2021 fourth-round pick. Minnesota wasn't content to stop there, though, as the team was trading down constantly in the 2020 NFL Draft.

General manager Rick Spielman sent No. 155 to the division-rival Chicago Bears for a 2021 fourth-round pick, and sent No. 201 to the Baltimore Ravens for No. 225 and a 2021 fifth-round pick.

Now that all the dust has settled, the Vikings' haul from the Diggs trade is absolutely ludicrous. Using only the picks acquired in the Diggs deal, Minnesota came away with: No. 22 overall (Justin Jefferson), No. 225 overall (Kenny Willekes), two 2021 fourth-round picks and a 2021 fifth-round pick.

The Vikings used 15 draft picks in 2020, the most used in a single class since the NFL Draft reverted back to a seven-round format in 1994. That Diggs deal afforded Minnesota the flexibility to load up its 2020 class while ensuring that the Vikings enter 2021 with some extra draft capital as well.

So while trading away a bonafide star like Diggs is certainly a bummer, it appears that Minnesota absolutely fleeced Buffalo – especially when considering the "return" the Houston Texans received for DeAndre Hopkins.

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