I think you're missing something if you see 3 open spots on our OL...Kalil is LT, most likely moving Charlie to LG, a position he's much better suited for, Sully is set in the middle, and Load has 1 more year to prove he's worth keeping. That leaves us with only RG as an open spot and a pile of players competing for it: DeGeare, Berger, Fusco, Schwartz, and Butch Lewis (whoever that is.) I see Schwartz as our multi-spot backup and insurance for the Load, but we also have D.Love, P.Brown and Valdez as OT competition too.
I too was hoping we'd move up for Rueben Randle in the late 2nd, but it would have cost us our 3rd, speedy CB/return guy Robinson, AND our first fourth, speedy-shifty WR Wright. Over the past ten+ years our secondary has consistently graded out as one of the worst in the league. I, for one, am stoked with the additions we made to correct that.
True, the FB/TE hybrid seemed a bit early, and really, I thought it was the Chiller who collected those guys!?
But, he does give us some of the Jimmy we're missing. From NFL.com:
Sounds like a great, blue-collar fit for the Vikes, and remember, we lost two TEs and only signed one. Just like Jimmy, he just won't run very far with the ball in his hands.
Ellison is a reliable blocker, both in-line and out of the backfield. He displays the same consistency in his pass-catching skills, both out of backfield and working upfield...a physical player who can bring a workman-like attitude to the facility.
After addressing our other needs first (and then watching some video), I loved pairing up the dangerous WR duo in the 4th!!! Both played 4 years, so they've got experience in Petrino's passing system with strong armed Mallet and his shorter passes replacement. Both WRs have timed in the low 4.4s and Wright ran the best 3-cone drill of the combine! They already have chemistry, and their strengths and weaknesses happen to be great complements to each other. The big Man-Childs has the size to shield defenders from the ball and out leap them to make the catch, and runs with some serious power and balance once he secures the ball while the lil one has incredible, quick-twitch feet in the short area game to get him open and the speed to slice through the secondary for lots of YAC.
Jarius Wright vs Texas A&M 2011 - YouTube
Greg Childs - YouTube
All in all, I love this draft! Filled the biggest holes first with BPA type picks, got a good chance of value with our WR picks in the fourth and then added some nice special teams depth with potential to develop in the later rounds. Blanton is smart with good size, but not instinctive or very fast. Our coaching staff's strength would seem to be coaching up DBs, maybe they can make a starting caliber saftey or good nickel out of him yet. Cole gives us some backup at MLB where we need more of a run plugger anyway since that guy will be replaced with the nickel back on passing downs. Guyton might provide some rotational reps if he can make the team, and that's about all you can ask for from a late 7th round pick.
Nice Job Spielman! Now its up to the coaches to make it work.
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
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