Vikings acquire tight end T.J. Hockenson in trade with Lions

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The Minnesota Vikings acquired tight end T.J. Hockenson from the NFC North rival Detroit Lions on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Minnesota are sending a 2023 second-round draft pick and a 2024 third-round selection to Detroit, and the Vikings will also receive a 2023 fourth-round pick along with a 2024 conditional fourth-round selection.

The Vikings lead the NFC North with a 6-1 record, while Detroit is in last place at 1-6.

It is a move which comes hours before the trade deadline and after Minnesota lost tight end Irv Smith Jr. to a high ankle sprain in last week's 34-26 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Smith is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks.

The Lions selected Hockenson with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has 186 catches for 2,068 yards and 15 touchdowns in 47 career games.

Hockenson was leading the Lions with 395 receiving yards and had a team high-tying three TD grabs this season.

He is under contract through 2023 after the Lions picked up his fifth-year option.