Really puzzled that Kenjon Barner hasn't been picked yet, hope we snag him.
Kluwe is done, might save some dollars to go pick up a vet linebacker.
Kluwe is toast. He was the 25th ranked punter last season, and his off field crap with his twitter rants about gay marriage, and politics has probably shut the door on his career in Minnesota. I am ok with selecting Locke in the 5th rd, he has a big leg and field position is everything. Look at the boost that Walsh gave us last season? This was a good pick.
Now I don't know much about Gerald Hodges? Anyone seen this kid play? Was it a good pick here, or could they have gotten a better option at LB?
A punter like Jeff Locke in the fifth round is not a bad pick. I projected him to go in the 6 or 7 round range, but if Spielman really feel comfortable with a player he's not afraid to jump one or two rounds up to get him and I don't have any problems with that.
I would have gone with someone else, but I was kinda lobbying for a punter in this draft anyways. This draft has a strong punter class. There are three punters that I really like (four if you count Quinn Sharp who can handle both kicks and punts) and while I liked the other two a little better, Jeff Locke, Ryan Allen, and Brad Wing are hard to choose between.
From NFL.com: "In his report of UCLA's pro day, NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt says that Locke -- a left-footed kicker -- is every bit as good as Bryan Anger, the punter selected in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL Draft."
Sounds like Jeff Locke was a good value afterall.
Regardless, if his time in MN is coming to an end (and I hope it isn't), it has everything to do with his on field performance, and nothing to do with his off field.
I say we start Audie Cole at MLB. He showed some flashes of being a playmaker last year in the Pre-Season