Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy!! What a draft!!! Holy smokes, the drunken haze has cleared and we still have 3 first round, potential steals in Purple!!??! Wow.
Going into the night, my hopes were that DJ Hayden was going to push Rhodes down to us, and that we'd go for the WR with more experience and production, who is more likely to contribute in year one, De Hopkins.
But then I saw 5 of the first 10 picks go OL, the one position we're not looking at, and then, 8 of the first 20 were OL and I'm starting to freak out because at our positions of need, nearly nothing has gone off the board, and now I'm really, really into who the Bengals and Rams are going to pick in front of us, cuz they both had similar holes, and then Eifert goes, who we already have a clone of, and then Trufant goes to ATL with their move up and I'm going back through the draft, thinking "holy fucking shit, is Floyd really still there for us!???" Wow. Great, top ten value at 23, and he goes into a great situation playing with and learning from KWill, while still having 3 solid outside rushers too...Purple People Eaters anyone!??
And then IND goes with the DE, and I'm thinking wow, we've still got pick of the litter at several spots of need!? Adding Rhodes to Cook gives us a pair of tall, outside CBs who can play solid man coverage against the big body weapons we see so much of, while Robinson and Jefferson are great depth and at least one them should be able to shine in the nickel. And, reading between the lines a bit here, you've got to hope that Rhodes' selection means we will see more man coverage mixed in with our zone, cuz it says he's not so good in zone, while being very at home in a WR's hip pocket, right up on them step for step. Most mocks had him going by 15 at the latest, so at 25, he is another great value pick. And I'm stoked, and thinking, we are really focused on keeping our defense tough, and as much as I wanted a WR, I like our old school approach, and love the value picks we made. At this point I'm already in celebration mode, and the whiskey bottle is going around the room again and starting to get a little light!
And then Shefter shows up on the screen blabbing something about the Vikings talking trade with NE and I almost think I'm hallucinating, and they go to commercial and come back and we're on the freaking clock and the talking heads are all saying Te'o, until Gruden brings up the return game we lost with Harvin, and says Patterson might be our pick, and I'm nodding my head and probably drooling in my beer a little...LOL! Fuckin Fuck Yeah!! The kid may be raw with only 46 NCAA receptions, but he also rushed 25 times for 208 yards and 3 TDs and scored as a punt and kickoff returner!!! Immediate contributor on STs at least, who has the speed to go deep, and lets us leave some of the Harvin specific plays we'd come up with in the playbook. Plus, he's got 3" and 30 lbs on PH!~!
SKOL VIKINGS!!! NICE DRAFT!!!
Now we just gotta hope they all live up to their potential!!
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
"Balance it on end and thats the third side of the coin!!" -wookiefoot