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    Complete analysis of Picks (rivals.com)

    Chad Greenway

    Linebacker

    Height: 6-foot-4
    Weight: 244 pounds
    Class Year: Sr
    Experience: 3V
    High School: Mount Vernon
    Hometown: Mount Vernon, SD



    NFL Draft Summary
    Frank Coyle: Greenway is a terrific addition at a troubled area on the Vikings' defense. He is excellent value here, and is a defender with the talent to start immediately and at a few positions. He was rated a top-13 prospect.
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    Pros:
    Has rare speed for a linebacker and fine instincts, gives total effort at all times and has exceptional coverage ability. Has the hip flip and movement skills of many safeties after previous experience at that position. A downhill player who is able to makes plays all over the field and does a good job of playing off blockers and getting through traffic. He understands his responsibilities in the defensive scheme and carries them out perfectly, like another coach on the field. He stays in his lanes and does well at turning the play back inside or stringing it out to the sidelines without giving ground. A mature and intelligent person with outstanding work habits and fine character who is an avid film watcher in the mold of a Zach Thomas. He has an excellent burst of speed and quickness when attacking forward, displaying upside as a pass rusher in the right scheme though not always utilized to the fullest in that role in college. A natural and fluid athlete who moves very well, both forward and in reverse. He competes as well as anyone in this draft and is as well prepared to start as a rookie.

    Cons: He needs to get stronger to be more consistently quick getting off blocks, but is a sure tackler with top instincts. His performance on the bench at the Combine (16 reps) was significantly below par for this class. Also needs to add lower-body strength. Must improve man-to-man pass coverage ability to be complete player.

    Numbers: As a senior in 2005, he posted 156 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 8 passes defended, 1 QB hurry and 1 pick. At the Combine, he weighed in at 242 pounds and did 16 reps. He ran a 4.78 and had a 33.5-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump,



    Cedric Griffin

    Cornerback

    Height: 6-foot-2
    Weight: 193 pounds
    Class Year: Sr
    Experience: 3V
    High School: Holmes
    Hometown: San Antonio, TX



    NFL Draft Summary
    Frank Coyle: Vikings needed help in the secondary after losing two veterans in free agency. Griffin is a big corner with some experience at safety. He should play in nickel and dime defenses early in his career. This was a surprise pick with corners Ashton Youboty and Richard Marshall on the board.
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    Pros: Griffin split time between strong safety and cornerback. He was moved to corner permanently as a sophomore. His versatility to play safety will help his grade, but he will get his first look on the corner where his size, toughness, experience and athletic ability give him a chance to play early. He shows playmaking ability in run support where he led the secondary in tackles as a junior. He is able to effectively jam receivers at the line. His fine size, speed and toughness also project him to the safety spot as well. As a corner, he would fit well with teams that use cover-2 schemes like New England, Tampa or Indianapolis.

    Cons: He does not have top-end track speed and his recovery speed is only adequate with some real questions about man situations against fast receivers. He has a good backpedal, but will lose a step in transition. He is not sudden in his speed, but relies on building up speed. He needs to show better cover skills against NFL-caliber talent to earn playing time.

    Numbers: At the Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds with a 35.5” vertical jump and 10’5” broad jump. He did 17 reps in the 225-pound bench press.


    Ryan Cook

    Center

    Height: 6-foot-7
    Weight: 320 pounds
    Class Year: Sr
    Experience: 3V
    High School: Cibola
    Hometown: Albuquerque, NM



    NFL Draft Summary
    Frank Coyle: Vikings need offensive lineman and reached here for a prospect with size and versatility. He figures to push for playing time at center or guard, but was not considered a top-100 prospect. He does have size, experience, smarts and enough athletic ability to start in time.
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    Pros: His ability to handle defensive tackles in single assignments impressed NFL scouts. He has the athletic ability and versatility to play any inside position. He is one of the biggest centers to come along in many a year, and has a huge wingspan that projects him to tackle by many scouts.

    Cons: He is cut high for the pivot and fails to play with consistent leverage - making him vulnerable against powerful, shorter defensive tackles. He has problems with playing too tall and not bending his knees. Defenders often get position on him get under his pads. He has limited speed to get to the second level. Lack of body control limits him as a blocker in space. He does not show a lot of power in his punch and is more of a grab and hold type blocker with his hands.

    Numbers: At the Combine he ran a 5.45 and did 28 reps. Posted a 26.5-inch vertical jump and an 8’1” broad jump.







    Tarvaris Jackson

    Quarterback

    Height: 6-foot-3
    Weight: 225 pounds
    Class Year: Sr
    Hometown: Montgomery, AL

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    NFL Draft Summary
    Frank Coyle: Vikings had to have a future passer after trading Daunte Culpepper to the Dolphins. Jackson is a talented, underdeveloped prospect who needs a lot of work. He is the biggest reach of the first day so far. He will sit and learn and has interesting upside, but could have been selected much later.
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    Pros: Has a live arm with excellent mobility to give his offense a versatile threat. Has adequate size with fine footwork and the arm strength NFL scouts seek in a prospect. He moves well in the pocket and can be dangerous on the perimeter where his speed and running skills give his offense a real weapon to pressure a defense.

    Cons: As a passer, he is still considered a developmental prospect after playing in a basic offense. He needs work on most areas of play, especially his passing where his accuracy can be erratic.

    Numbers: At the Combine, he ran a 4.69 with a 31.5-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot, 11-inch broad jump. As a senior, he started 11 games and attempted 320 passes with 195 completions for a 61 percent rate and 2941 yards. He had 29 TDs and five picks while running 103 times for 482 yards and three TDs.







    Ray Edwards

    Defensive end

    Height: 6-foot-6
    Weight: 270 pounds
    Class Year: Jr
    Experience: 2V
    High School: Woodward
    Hometown: Cincinnati, OH



    NFL Draft Summary
    Rivals.com: Needs time to develop, but with refinement can be one of the steals of this draft. Has tremendous athletic ability. He has good pass rushing skills and can also drop back into coverage.
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    Pros: He is a big, mobile athlete with natural pass-rushing skills to be one of the hidden gems in a deep draft class. He is able to drop off into pass coverage, showing an awareness of the short zones and routes by backs and tight ends. He could end up being one of the biggest steals of this draft for the patient team that waits for him to develop, which may take a couple of seasons.

    Cons: He needs to add counter moves inside and increase strength work. He has shown the ability to play the run, but needs to use his huge frame better at the point-of-attack and locate the ball quicker. His ability to read the play sooner is an area of concern that probably keeps him on the bench early in his career.

    Numbers: As a junior, he started 11 games and made 28 tackles with 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and an interception. At the Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds with a 39-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-6 broad jump and did 30 reps in the 225-pound bench press.






    Greg Blue

    Rover

    Height: 6-foot-2
    Weight: 221 pounds
    Class Year: Sr
    Experience: 3V
    High School: Banneker
    Hometown: College Park, GA
    Squat Max: 500 lbs
    Bench Max: 390 lbs



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    Rivals.com: He has good special teams skills to win a gunner role. He is a marginal NFL starter with experience and production at the position, but marginal speed and quickness in pass coverage. A good second day pick.
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    Pros: Blue was a dominant in-the-box defender and has imposing size for a safety and the frame to carry additional weight that could also project him to outside linebacker. He is a tough defender who shows strong hitting skills with the technique and sure tackling to make plays at the line of scrimmage. He has good instincts and athleticism to get to the ball. He could be a fine pro defender in the proper scheme. He carries an early NFL starting grade at the strong safety position. He has the fine range needed to cover the field to each sideline. He is very sudden and fills the hole like a linebacker. He can cover ground and outrun some mistakes.

    Cons: In a fairly draft deep safety class, he could get overlooked, though that would be a mistake. In pass coverage, he gets turned around too often and loses sight of the ball. He shows questionable change of direction and ball skills that leaves him vulnerable in man situations. His ability to plant and drive is suspect and he bites on pump fakes and is very vulnerable to the double move. He displays questionable recovery speed.

    Numbers: At the Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds with a 37.5” vertical jump and 10’ broad jump. He did 16 reps of the 225-pound bench press.
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    Re: Complete analysis of Picks (rivals.com)

    I didn't add artis hicks, i just wanted to put the rookies on the list!! If you want other teams picks go to:


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    Re: Complete analysis of Picks (rivals.com)

    ill bet that we couldve gotten tarvaris jackson in the 5th round without even trading up

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    Nice read, thanks for posting. I also though Jackson was a reach, felt like we could have gotten him without trading up. Interesting read on Edwards, saying he could be one of the steals of this draft.

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    yeah, i really like Greg Blue, i think he can come in and compete for a starting job!!!
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    Like a few others have mentioned, grab the guys that you want right away, who cares if others think it's a good idea. If I'm willing to pay $10k for a fishing boat that you could buy for $5k...I really don't care. If the opportunity cost is worth it I'll go for it.

    It appears the Vikes are in a good position when you factor in the salary cap. Even though Tarvaris was taken in a lower round, my guess is that they will be able to sign him for a reasonable price....a compromise between the round he was drafted in and his perceived market value. If the TOA got the boys they wanted, and it appears that they did, I'm happy. Now I will wait and see if they can implement their master plan. It will be exciting to watch it develop.

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    Jackson is interesting. I think he had the most upside of all the QBs after the big three. Clemmons Croyal Whitehurst might be solid backups in the league but Jackson has the raw talent. He is in a good spot with BJ in front of him and Childress as his coach. I Still think we shoud have cutler, tho, I would love to know the reason we couldnt beat a first and third rd pick.

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    I still believe that Jackson was their "sleeper" player. Remember it said in the Tribune they had him in for a secret workout. (Not wanting to tip their hand -- a GREAT move.) But I believe that they were tipped off that some other team was going to move up and get him before the Vikes could pick him in round 4 or 5. (He must be a LOT BETTER than the draft "experts" had him pegged if two teams were after him.)
    So they pulled the trigger as soon as they could for him. I think even a lot sooner than they wanted or expected. Don't look for Jackson to be an immediate player but look for him to get a lot of work under the coaches and BJ. And from all reports he has a "gun" of an arm.
    To bad he had to be picked so early but that's showing me he's better than any draft analysis thought.
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    Who cares if people think we could get Tarvaris in the 5th?

    I know we couldn't.. And im glad we pulled the trigger because they see something in him and will develop nicley

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    im disappointed. They had the juice to move up and get cutler. Also, reaches on griffin, cook, jackson and edwards. In fact, they could have saved their two third round picks and still got the same players plus one moore. Edwards they could have signed to a free agent contract. Jackson will not come through as a starter in this league. Overall, i'd say very poor.

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