I find it intersting that some of the alternates are now either starting, or played for the Vikings.
Five years ago, more than enough time to accurately judge a player.
At this point, we know who was a good pick, who was a bust.
1 20(20) Kenechi Udeze
DE Southern Cal
2 16(48) Dontarrious Thomas OLB Auburn
3 25(88) Darrion Scott
DE Ohio St.
4 19(115) Nat Dorsey
OT Georgia Tech
4 23(119) Mewelde Moore
5 23(155) Rod Davis
ILB Southern Miss
6 19(184) Deandre Eiland
S South Carolina
7 19(220) Jeff Dugan
1. Kenechi Udeze:
This guy came on and started 15 games his rookie year.
As a Left End, he wasn't a terrific pass rusher, but held his own in run support.
I have no doubt, that if not for his bout with Leukemia, he would still be our starting LDE.
Its a shame to see a guys career end the way it did, but that's the tough part of life.
Was he great? no, but he was a solid contributer. At the end of the day, he's out of the league, and at the risk of sounding uncaring, his grade will reflect that.
Alternates: Steven Jackson, Chris Gamble, Benjamin Watson
2. Dontarrious Thomas:
Has been a solid depth player for his whole career.
Made a few starts for us while we were still trying to figure out our linebacker situation.
As a second round pick though, you'd like to expect a bit more.
We called him back last year to help fill in for EJ when he was hurt.
Currently is not on an active roster.
Alternates: Devery Henderson, [glow=red,2,300]Madieu Williams[/glow], Antwaan Odom, [glow=red,2,300]Bernard berrian[/glow], Chris Cooley
3. Darrion Scott: Backed up Udeze his rookie year, and filled in for him when he was hurt the following years.
Had 4 seasons as a Viking, started for two of them.
He wasn't that good, but not terrible either.
He was cut 4 games into the 2007 season.
As a third round pick, you'd like to expect a bit more than 4 seasons out of a player.
He evidently wasn't for us, and aparantly wasn't for anyone, as he's currently out of the league.
Alternatives: matt Shaub, Shaun Phillips, Isaac Sopoaga, Jerricho Cotchery, Nathan Vasher, Will Allen,
4. Nat Dorsey: Lasted 1 season and 7 starts with the Vikings at Right Tackle.
He was shipped off to cleveland where he played spot duty for the next three years.
He is currently out of the NFL
Alternatives: Stacey Andrews, [glow=red,2,300]Jared Allen[/glow], Brandon Chillar, Gabril Wilson
5. Mewelde Moore:
A fan favourite, but not Tice's.
Fell victim to circumstance in Minnesota with Tice.
Got sucked into Tice's doghouse for a dropped pass that resulted in a turnover, and took a while to come out.
Had an issue with minor injuries keeping him out for longer than they should.
When given a chance, he averaged 4.6 yards a carry as a starter, as a third down back he was averaging 5.7 yards per carry, and was a very versatile back, who was used frequently as a receiving option.
For a fourth round pick, we got decent value
Alternatives: Stacey Andrews, Jared Allen, Brandon Chillar, Gabril Wilson
6. Rod Wilson:
Don't remember this guy too much, he played only three seasons in the NFL, his first two were as a Viking, in his third season he spent time in Carolina, then came back to Minnesota for 9 games.
Made one career start and 41 total tackles.
Is now out of the NFL.
Alternatives: Mike Karney, DJ Hackett, [glow=red,2,300]Thomas Tapeh[/glow], Shawn Johnson(no, not the gymnast you pedophiles),
7. Deandre' Eiland: To be honest, I had to go back and look up who this guy was.
Has never stepped foot on an NFL field, and I can't find any information about him, perhaps someone who remembers can share.
To me thats good enough for a grade of F
Alternatives:Jim Sorgi, nate Jones, Adimchinobe Echemandu(you might remember him), Shane Olivea, Patrick Crayton
8. Jeff Dugan: The only draft pick who is still a member of the Vikings.
Has been a decent and versatile backup at both the Tight end and Fullback position.
Likely won't ever be more than that, but does what is asked of him.
Started a few games in place of Richardson a few years back and did a decent job.
Alternatives: Derrick Ward
Overall Grade: D-
Hard to predict our first round pick will get a lifechanging disease, but it is what it is.
Only one player is still on roster, our 7th round pick.
That equals pretty bad in my book.