Hank Baskett was one of the surprising names not to be called on Draft Day this year. The Eagles and other teams had shown interest in the young receiver, but he went undrafted and signed as an amateur free agent with the Vikings after the draft. The Eagles put in a phone call to the Vikes and were able to send wide receiver Billy McMullen to Minnesota in exchange for Baskett.
The move gives the Vikings a receiver with a little more experience and someone that new head coach Brad Childress is familiar with. McMullen didn't get a lot of opportunities on the Eagles offense until this past season when he caught 18 passes. He had spent most of his time playing on special teams. In his three seasons with the Eagles, McMullen caught just 22 passes. Childress has now brought McMullen and quarterback Mike McMahon, who filled in for an injured Donovan McNabb, to Minnesota.
Baskett caught 67 passes for over 1,000 yards in his senior season at New Mexico and was one of the top receivers in the Mountain West Conference over the past two seasons. He ended his career at New Mexico with 140 catches, including 17 for touchdowns. The 6' 4", 220 pounder was projected to be a middle round draft pick, but somehow fell off the charts.