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    Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    I've done the 2007 draft, figured I'd do the past few drafts as well.
    This was 4 years ago, so at this point, we have a pretty decent indication of how the players have panned out, and how we managed in the draft.
    As some of you might remember, this was a pretty iffy draft.
    Lots of picks that were questionable at the time.
    This is how it looks now.

    Round Pick
    Player
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    School
    1 17(17) Chad Greenway OLB Iowa
    2 16(48) Cedric Griffin CB Texas
    2 19(51) Ryan Cook C New Mexico
    2 32(64) Tarvaris Jackson QB Alabama State
    4 30(127) Ray Edwards DE Purdue
    5 16(149) Greg Blue S Georgia




    1. Chad Greenway:
    Going into the draft, our biggest needs were Linebacker and Quarterback.
    Safe to say, we got a pretty good pick.
    The top three backers at the time were AJ Hawk, Ernie Sims, and Chad Greenway.
    Sims is looking good, and Hawk has been a rather disappointment.
    Over the past couple years, Greenway has been playing exceptionally. Still room to improve, but has been pretty consistent, and a great starter for us.
    For a middle of the first round pick, I think we got a great player.
    Grade:
    A-
    Alternatives at this pick: Bobby Carpenter, Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes, Deangelo Williams.

    2. Cedric Griffin: This guy was projected as a late first round pick, we snagged him in the 2nd.
    At the time I was pretty stoked about the pick, but he has been slow catching on.
    Considering we now have a reliable starter in the second round, I'd say a decent pick.
    He's at the point where he's good, but will still get better.
    Grade: B+
    Alternatives at this pick: Marcus McNeil,

    3. Ryan Cook: This was the pick we Traded Daunte Culpepper for.
    This guy was projected as a late round pick, and we really reached for him.
    He played C in college, and we converted him to T.
    Maybe if we kept him in the interior, the result would be different.
    But from what we've done, we have a guy who drew alot of penalties, and had issues with consistency.
    He'll be capable of filling in as a backup if needed, but not a reliable starter.
    Considering the alternatives we could have had, this pick gets the grade of D--
    Alternatives at this pick: Greg Jennings, Devin Hester, Richard Marshall, Maurice Jones-Drew

    4. Tarvaris Jackson:
    Probably the iffiest pick of the draft for us.
    Projected as a 6th round pick, we traded two third round picks to get him.
    At the time, I thought it was an awful pick.
    Now, we have a decent backup with some upside.
    Will he improve his game enough to be our guy in two years? Can't say.
    He's shown massive improvement, but still has alot to learn.
    Out of our whole draft, he is probably the only question mark left.
    Considering the alternative QB's in the draft, none of them have really done any better except Cutler.
    At this pick, there wasn't many other great picks.
    Grade: C
    Alternatives at this pick: Abdul Hodge, Clint Ingram, Brody Croyle

    5. Ray Edwards: At this point in his career, seems to be a mediocre starter, but would probably be better off rotating in as a situational player.
    He is playing out of position right now, and doing an alright job.
    I wonder if we kept him at RDE, whether he would be more productive.
    With him and Robison, we could have a pretty decent rotation going.
    For a fourth round pick, I'd say we got good value.
    Grade: B
    Alternatives at this pick: Domenik Hixon, Ingle Martin

    6. Greg Blue: Started out with promise.
    Was a nice, hard hitting safety, but not really fit for our cover two.
    Looked pretty good in preseason and camp, but wasn't really for us.

    Had a brief stint with the Lions, but has been out of the league for the past two years.
    As a fifth round pick, going on the potential may have paid off, but didn't in this case.
    Grade: D

    Overall Grade: C+
    We got three starters from it, a couple backups, and after four years, only one player isn't on the team.
    We only really have one player with pro bowl potential, but some alright starters.


    edit** considering the alternates we could have gotten instead of reaching for some late round picks, I've lowered the overall grade.
    We did manage to get a few decent contributers, but some of the guys we passed on lower the grade.

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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    Seeing the alternates we could have gotten in place of Cook pisses me off.

    2006 draft grade from me?
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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    "Formo" wrote:
    Seeing the alternates we could have gotten in place of Cook pisses me off.

    2006 draft grade from me?
    F--------

    Yeah, Jennings, Hester, and MJD, Just imagine....
    Even if the Vikings lose, I can still find happiness in Bears, and Packer losses.

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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    Great idea for a thread.

    Poor Cook.
    Still getting hacked on.
    Anyone notice how he came if for Hutch in the Rams game on short down and distance when we needed to push and Hutch's back injury wouldn't allow it?

    Didn't think so.


    Anyway, will he be a Pro-bowl OLmen?
    Probably not, but he is arguably one hell of a backup.

    As for TJ..........I've put this in several posts, but think it applies here again........

    [s]QB 1
    Matt Leinart SR 6-5/217/- USC Santa Ana, CA[/s]
    [s]QB 2
    Vince Young JR 6-5/233/- Texas Houston, TX[/s]
    [s]QB 3
    Jay Cutler SR 6-4/225/- Vanderbilt Lincoln City, IN[/s]
    QB 4
    Brodie Croyle SR 6-2.5/206/- Alabama Rainbow City, AL
    QB 5
    Charlie Whitehurst SR 6-4/215/4.75 Clemson Alpharetta, GA
    [s]QB 6
    Kellen Clemens SR 6-2/218/- Oregon Burns, OR[/s]
    QB 7
    Omar Jacobs JR 6-4/210/- Bowling Green Delray Beach, FL
    QB 8
    Ingle Martin SR 6-3/219/- Furman Nashville, TN
    QB 9
    Darrell Hackney SR 6-1/230/- UAB Atlanta, GA
    QB 10
    Reggie McNeal SR 6-2/206/- Texas A&M Lufkin, TX
    QB 11
    Bruce Gradkowski SR 6-2/210/- Toledo Pittsburgh, PA
    QB 12
    D.J. Shockley SR 6-1/206/- Georgia College Park, GA
    QB 13
    Brett Basanez SR 6-2/210/- Northwestern Arlington Hts, IL
    QB 14
    Erik Meyer SR 6-2/210/- Eastern Washington La Mirada, CA
    QB 15
    Paul Pinegar SR 6-4/220/- Fresno State Woodland, CA
    QB 16
    Travaris Jackson SR -/-/- Alabama State

    Other than Cutler, and I know at least one cat on here doesn't like him (Z), I think we got the best of the lot in that draft.

    Taking alook at how each of them that went ahead of him has played, was 2 third round choices really that expensive considering what was available?

    Again, great thread.
    ;D

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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think Rashard Mendenhall was a 1st round pick 2 years ago; he wouldn't have been around in the 3rd.....

    BUT, awesome post.


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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    "ThorSPL" wrote:
    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think Rashard Mendenhall was a 1st round pick 2 years ago; he wouldn't have been around in the 3rd.....

    BUT, awesome post.
    haha, you are right, it was Richard Marshall, that I read as Rashard Mendenhall for some reason.

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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    And Ray said he is more comfy at LDE in an article when the shift happened

    He played it all thru college

    Good stuff my man

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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    "ThorSPL" wrote:
    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think Rashard Mendenhall was a 1st round pick 2 years ago; he wouldn't have been around in the 3rd.....

    BUT, awesome post.
    haha, you are right, it was Richard Marshall, that I read as Rashard Mendenhall for some reason.
    Get it straight!


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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    "Marrdro" wrote:
    Great idea for a thread.

    Poor Cook.
    Still getting hacked on.
    Anyone notice how he came if for Hutch in the Rams game on short down and distance when we needed to push and Hutch's back injury wouldn't allow it?

    Didn't think so.



    Anyway, will he be a Pro-bowl OLmen?
    Probably not, but he is arguably one hell of a backup.

    As for TJ..........I've put this in several posts, but think it applies here again........

    [s]QB 1
    Matt Leinart SR 6-5/217/- USC Santa Ana, CA[/s]
    [s]QB 2
    Vince Young JR 6-5/233/- Texas Houston, TX[/s]
    [s]QB 3
    Jay Cutler SR 6-4/225/- Vanderbilt Lincoln City, IN[/s]
    QB 4
    Brodie Croyle SR 6-2.5/206/- Alabama Rainbow City, AL
    QB 5
    Charlie Whitehurst SR 6-4/215/4.75 Clemson Alpharetta, GA
    [s]QB 6
    Kellen Clemens SR 6-2/218/- Oregon Burns, OR[/s]
    QB 7
    Omar Jacobs JR 6-4/210/- Bowling Green Delray Beach, FL
    QB 8
    Ingle Martin SR 6-3/219/- Furman Nashville, TN
    QB 9
    Darrell Hackney SR 6-1/230/- UAB Atlanta, GA
    QB 10
    Reggie McNeal SR 6-2/206/- Texas A&M Lufkin, TX
    QB 11
    Bruce Gradkowski SR 6-2/210/- Toledo Pittsburgh, PA
    QB 12
    D.J. Shockley SR 6-1/206/- Georgia College Park, GA
    QB 13
    Brett Basanez SR 6-2/210/- Northwestern Arlington Hts, IL
    QB 14
    Erik Meyer SR 6-2/210/- Eastern Washington La Mirada, CA
    QB 15
    Paul Pinegar SR 6-4/220/- Fresno State Woodland, CA
    QB 16
    Travaris Jackson SR -/-/- Alabama State

    Other than Cutler, and I know at least one cat on here doesn't like him (Z), I think we got the best of the lot in that draft.

    Taking alook at how each of them that went ahead of him has played, was 2 third round choices really that expensive considering what was available?

    Again, great thread.
    ;D

    Cook is getting hacked on because he shouldn't have been drafted where he was.
    Nor should have been moved to T.
    And because you love him.
    =)

    I'm more mad that he was picked over those other guys..
    Seriously.
    Vegans are eating the rainforests. =(

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    Re: Looking back: Viking's 2006 Draft

    I'd
    give them a B+. Yes there were some guys that we missed but so did alot of other teams. Sometimes you just can't tell. Getting contributions from all but 1 player is impressive.

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