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    Re: How Was The Vikings Draft

    Yeah but we coud've done better. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better.

    Thanks for the Sig LitlHarsh

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    Re: How Was The Vikings Draft

    "boognish" wrote:
    I'm feeling luke warm about our picks so far; not superior, but not a bust either. As for nobody having a clue as to what the team needs are, have you been living in a box for a while. I think we should have a pretty good idea of what the team needs are at this point; we're not a bunch of mouth breathers here.


    Our OL was terrible last year and the right side still looks weak. Not to mention that Birk has been an injury on legs for the last several seasons. That was addressed by picking up Cook (we'll have to trust that the scouts made the right pick there). We also picked up Hicks to compete at RG.


    Drink some more purple Kool-aid and dream of our Superbowl appearance this year; the rest of us will honestly critique the choices the front office is making in this year's draft.
    That's my point exactly. Last year we were playing under Cottrells defense schemes. This year we will be playing some form of the cover 2. How players did last year and how they will do this year is apples and oranges. We can speculate but until we actually see the new D in action you have no idea. Guys that sucked last year might do great this year. To say we need a better this or that because of last years performance doesn't really cut it. Unless you know exactly what the new formations and packages are you are just guessing. The same goes for the offense. The only thing you can say is we have a hole here or there to fill because of attrition or a loss in FA. The old Vikings are just a memory. This team is going to be entirely different than it has been. To use last year as a gauge of what we need this year is a pointless exercise. No I haven't been living in a box. You are living in the past. :razz:

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    Re: How Was The Vikings Draft

    I think that you have to put Artis Hicks into the mix too.

    We gave up a draft pick to aquire hiim.

    "PurplePeopleEaters" wrote:
    Greenway- A
    Griffin- B-
    Cook- C-
    Jackson- D
    Blue- A+

    Overall... let's see. about a b-
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    Artis Hicks

    By BOB KENT

    PhiladelphiaEagles.com profiles the 2005 Eagles, player by player, as we prepare for the 2006 season. Current Profile: OG Artis Hicks.

    The Eagles offensive line had some difficulty finding consistency in 2005, thanks in part to injuries which claimed both Hank Fraley and Tra Thomas, both of whom found themselves on injured reserve at one point in the season.

    Fortunately, that's where Artis Hicks' versatility came in handy. The team's starting left guard, the four-year veteran slid outside to left tackle when both Thomas and his replacement, rookie Todd Herremans, went down with injuries.


    However, Hicks too got nicked up during the year. He suffered an ankle injury in the second half of the team's win over Kansas City on Oct. 2. He was inactive vs. Green Bay (11/27) because of an MCL sprain he suffered in the second quarter of the previous game at New York. Hicks dressed but did not play against the Seahawks on the first Monday in December. In all, he started 14 games in 2005.

    While recuperating from his injury he spent time coaching second-year man Adrien Clake, who replaced him for a couple games.

    When Herremans suffered a leg injury in the second quarter at St. Louis on Dec. 18, Hicks slid over from left guard to left tackle and played there for the remainder of the game. Subsequently, Hicks was then named the starting left tackle for the last two games of the season.

    In the last half of the season he was the second-oldest lineman on the team behind Jon Runyan. The line's inexperience up front showed at times over the final three weeks, as Eagles quarterbacks were sacked 12 times.

    As a whole, the offensive line struggled with its pass protection at times, yielding 42 sacks on the year. But when the time came to run the ball the group had some success (both Brian Westbrook and Ryan Moats each posted a 100-yard rushing effort).

    Until the 2004 season, Hicks was that invaluable sixth man, able to come off the bench at a moment's notice and fill in if a guard or tackle got nicked up. However, he became the team's starting left guard in 2004 following a season-ending injury to then-rookie Shawn Andrews in the season opener. Hicks found himself as the starting left guard for much of the year, but did make a cameo appearance at left tackle.

    Versatile offensive linemen are tough to find, but Hicks has been a pleasant surprise since making the Eagles roster in 2002 as a rookie free agent.

    Still, the 6-foot-4, 335-pound Hicks yearns for the day when he can concentrate solely on one position, perfect his technique and footwork.

    Hicks is a key cog in the near and long-term future of this offensive line.

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    Re: How Was The Vikings Draft

    "snowinapril" wrote:
    I think that you have to put Artis Hicks into the mix too.

    We gave up a draft pick to aquire hiim.

    "PurplePeopleEaters" wrote:
    Greenway- A
    Griffin- B-
    Cook- C-
    Jackson- D
    Blue- A+

    Overall... let's see. about a b-
    "adamkirsch" wrote:
    Artis Hicks

    By BOB KENT

    PhiladelphiaEagles.com profiles the 2005 Eagles, player by player, as we prepare for the 2006 season. Current Profile: OG Artis Hicks.

    The Eagles offensive line had some difficulty finding consistency in 2005, thanks in part to injuries which claimed both Hank Fraley and Tra Thomas, both of whom found themselves on injured reserve at one point in the season.

    Fortunately, that's where Artis Hicks' versatility came in handy. The team's starting left guard, the four-year veteran slid outside to left tackle when both Thomas and his replacement, rookie Todd Herremans, went down with injuries.


    However, Hicks too got nicked up during the year. He suffered an ankle injury in the second half of the team's win over Kansas City on Oct. 2. He was inactive vs. Green Bay (11/27) because of an MCL sprain he suffered in the second quarter of the previous game at New York. Hicks dressed but did not play against the Seahawks on the first Monday in December. In all, he started 14 games in 2005.

    While recuperating from his injury he spent time coaching second-year man Adrien Clake, who replaced him for a couple games.

    When Herremans suffered a leg injury in the second quarter at St. Louis on Dec. 18, Hicks slid over from left guard to left tackle and played there for the remainder of the game. Subsequently, Hicks was then named the starting left tackle for the last two games of the season.

    In the last half of the season he was the second-oldest lineman on the team behind Jon Runyan. The line's inexperience up front showed at times over the final three weeks, as Eagles quarterbacks were sacked 12 times.

    As a whole, the offensive line struggled with its pass protection at times, yielding 42 sacks on the year. But when the time came to run the ball the group had some success (both Brian Westbrook and Ryan Moats each posted a 100-yard rushing effort).

    Until the 2004 season, Hicks was that invaluable sixth man, able to come off the bench at a moment's notice and fill in if a guard or tackle got nicked up. However, he became the team's starting left guard in 2004 following a season-ending injury to then-rookie Shawn Andrews in the season opener. Hicks found himself as the starting left guard for much of the year, but did make a cameo appearance at left tackle.

    Versatile offensive linemen are tough to find, but Hicks has been a pleasant surprise since making the Eagles roster in 2002 as a rookie free agent.

    Still, the 6-foot-4, 335-pound Hicks yearns for the day when he can concentrate solely on one position, perfect his technique and footwork.

    Hicks is a key cog in the near and long-term future of this offensive line.


    Greenway----A
    Griffin---------B
    Cook---------C
    Jackson------D
    Blue----------A+
    Edwards------C-


    I like the guys we picked so far! Cook has some versatility and can become a good, solid tackle if the Vikes decide to pursue that! I don't like the Jackson pick too much since there was better QB available at this point and if we still wanted him, we could have got him in the 4th or 5th round! Blue is an awesome pick!!! He will seriously contend for a starting position, he is fast, tall and can lay a hit!! Edwards is a pick that i think they were looking at best available player, but i don't think it was a major need for us!
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    Re: How Was The Vikings Draft

    Funny, when the Vikes got to #17 and picked Chad, I was happy and thinking the Vikes are smart. Keep the picks (instead of moving up to get a QB) and build the team. Then they took Griffin, ok. THEN what the heck after that? Gave up two 3rd rounders to move up to take a fish? What the heck was that?

    SInce they gave away their draft picks after Griffin anyway, now I wish they would have moved up in the first round.

    I THOUGHT THE JOKINGS were history. What a blow.

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