Do you actually believe that the Vikings staff considers the QB situation on this team so dire that they would use thier 2nd pick on a QB instead of addressing areas such as:
- Two of 5 are UFA right now.
One of our S is aging and will probably only be around for at least one more year.
DE - The unexpected loss of Keneche and now we are hearing that Erasmus won't be 100% (again)
DT - 1 of 4 is a UFA (and he really doesn't fit the scheme), 1 can't play every down.
WR - Nuff said.
RB - Although not a pressing need, Memo leaving would dictate taking a guy in the later rounds.
Good thing is this draft is deep deep deep at RB.
Look, I am not that enamoured with TJ to think that the coaching staff wouldn't like to have a Flacco kindof guy in the early rounds but this team has pressing needs in several key positions not to mention the fact that we have 10 UFA of our own leaving and limited CAP to fix those positions.
Long story short, this staff will use the draft to replace most of the 10 leaving, sign a couple of FA in areas of most pressing need.
Regardless of what most of us think about TJ, QB isn't one of those needs based on the indicators we are getting out of Winter Park.
You never know. I don't know what the front office thinks our needs are, or how they rate players. Was our RB situation so dire last year we needed to use the no.7 overall pick on one? Also we still have cuts to make (money!) and free agency to fill holes.
I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t agree more with what jessejames said.
We currently do have holes at Defensive End, Safety (especially Free Safety), and Wide Receiver.
However, we also have holes at Quarterback, Defensive Tackle, Running Back, and Full Back.
Therefore, the Vikings front office will do what they can to fill those holes.
Resigning current players, Free Agent signings, and the NFL draft are the vehicles used to fill those holes.
I think there is a very good chance the Vikings could use a high pick (rounds 1-3 on a QB).
This could help solidify that position for years.
If they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t we could be sitting here discussing drafting a QB next year and the year after and so on.
Drafting a top QB this season would give the Vikings TJ, rookie, and Bollinger/Holcomb.
Yes this would be a very young core but the Vikings are still rebuilding.
DE, S, WR should be filled through Free Agency if they can be.
These are the areas of desperate need.
Rookies rarely step in and perform as good as seasoned vets.
I would really like to see the Vikings draft go QB, FB, RB, WR, DE, 2 S, and DT with their 8 draft choices.
I do not know what order these should be taken in.
I leave that up to the Vikings Hierarchy.
They have had very good drafts in the last 2 years, so I trust them to take the best player available at that time in the draft.
With these 8 draft choices plus adding another S, WR, 1-2 DEÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, and maybe an OL and/or DB through free agency the Vikings could be in good shape for years to come.