Love that Floyd dropped to us at #23, that was a steal. Rhodes was a awesome pick as well, he has the speed, height, instincts, and gets his hands on receivers at the line of scrimmage, I like that. We needed someone like him to take on the WR's in this division. What makes it better is that we no longer have to watch AJ Jefferson be a starter on this team, talk about killing two birds with one stone.
I am still up in the air on Patterson. While II like his height and speed, I hate the fact that he doesn't run good routes, and is basically raw as a WR. We need someone that can contribute in a big way from day one, and I think we could have kept all those picks, moved up in the 2nd rd if need be, and gotten someone like Allen, Hunter, or Woods who would have helped this team more in the short term. If they traded all those picks to move back into the 1st rd to draft Patterson as a return specialist with his speed, well that is just plain stupid.
Now about the LB situation. I truly hope they have something planned for this. I don't think there is a LB on the roster that is suited to be the MLB. Henderson has already been given a shot, and he didn't perform. I don't think Mitchell and Cole are the answers there either. To bad Bostic is taken already, he would have been a nice pickup for the Vikes. Unfortunately, we may have to still see him, except now it will be him wearing a Bears jersey.
If not viable LB is available in the 4th rd, then I believe the Vikes have to go after Urlacher or Dansby. It would be a shame if they invested in a boost up their defense with a impact DT and CB, just to have nothing at MLB. This defense actually could be a strength next year, but only if they get the MLB situation right.
Nice draft overall. Even if they didn't get another pick in this draft, I would rate this draft as a A+ for sure.
Pretty sure there is only one Williams on our DL. That makes it pretty obvious if indeed he was brought in here to replace Williams.
Originally Posted by Zeus
Best draft ever
Some people contend PW was never replaced and the spot is still open
I'd still rather take the chance on players that were projected to go top 5 & two at top 20 with picks #23, 25 & 29 rather than take that same chance on players that were projected to go 23rd, 25th & 29th or reaching into the next round like we did with Ponder.
Originally Posted by skum
Plus those 3 are all positions of need.
As far as labeling this the best Vikings draft ever in 52 years, that is quite premature at this point considering we've seen none of them take a snap. We've drafted several players in the past that fans were ascetic about, only to watch them not pan out. We've also drafted some people didn't like that ended up being great players.
I think everyone understands that.
Originally Posted by Zeus
Pretty sure both Williams and Floyd will be starting, especially after Frasier came out today and said "They'll be a great combination for us..." referring to the both of them.
Call me crazy, but I'd be willing to bet both Floyd and Williams will start on the DL in the first defensive snap of the season... Floyd will move into Kevin Williams' spot next year.
22. Alec Ogletree ILB (Rams)------------------Desmond Trufant CB (ATL) Must have moved up so Vikes couldn't take their guy
23. Cordarrelle Patterson WR (Vikings)---------Sharrif Floyd DT (Vikings) Projected top 10
24. DJ Hayden CB (Colts)---------------------Bjoern Werner DE (Colts) Projected 28th
25. Sylvester Williams DE (Vikings)-------------Xavier Rhodes CB (Vikings) Projected 29th
26, Eddie Lacey RB (Packers)------------------Dante Jones DE (Packers) They took Lacey 61st Overall good draft by Ted
27, Justin Hunter WR (Texans)-----------------DeAndre Hopkins WR (Texans)
28 Bjoern Werner DE (Broncos)----------------Sylvester Williams DT (Broncos)
29 Xavier Rhodes CB (Patriots)----------------Cordarrelle Patterson WR (Vikings) Hunter (34th) and Woods (41) also available at this time.
30. Desmond Trufant CB (ATL)----------------Alec Ogletree ILB (ATL)
31. Zach Ertz TE (SF)------------------------Travis Frederick C (Cowboys) WTF?
32 Matt Elam FS (Ravens)--------------------Matt Elam FS (Ravens)
So the Vikings took Floyd at 23, possibly the best player available with the chance to take a CB or a WR at the 25th spot. In most of the Mocks it was thought that the Colts would take a CB at 24th spot. We took the chance, we must have liked a few CBs about the same, toss up?
So we pick the Rhodes at 25, not knowing if we are going to get the 29th pick from the Patriots. It is assumed that the Texans will take a WR at 27. We assume one WR will come off the board. The pick we gave up in the 2nd round was the 52nd overall pick the last WR taken before that pick was Robert Woods at the 41st overall pick. The Bills took moved back in the 1st round took a QB and waited to take Woods in the second.
We gambled by not taking a WR with the 23 and 25th picks unless we were confident that Pats would trade with us. Woods may not have fallen to us at the 52nd overall slot. The next WR taken after Woods was Aaron Dobson (by the Pats) at 59th. If we wanted to move up in the 2nd round, we would have had to give up a few pick anyway to secure a higher second round pick to get our WR. It was worth the picks in my opinion.
I was watching Patterson game film. He is on the move a lot. Can Ponder even hit him.
I hope that stop and hold flat pass isn't going to be used five times a game this season.
Originally Posted by Minniman
Kwill has grown a bit since drafted and I think he can be used as a 0 tech so they can have Floyd & Kwill on the field at the same time.
Originally Posted by Zeus