Nice breakdown of each pick, but specifically to the 7th round...
Vikings' draft class: Notes and quotes | StarTribune.comQuote:
SEVENTH ROUND (210TH OVERALL)
Linebacker • North Carolina State • 6-4, 246
• Able to play either on the strong side or in the middle. Played through thumb and wrist injuries without missing time. Moved inside from the strong side as a senior and led the Wolfpack with 108 tackles in 2011 with 13 1/2 tackles for loss and five sacks. Intelligent, quick off the ball and with some pass-rush ability, but he can be beat to the outside.
The quote: "He can probably play all three [linebacking] positions." -- Spielman.
SEVENTH ROUND (219TH OVERALL)
Defensive lineman • California • 6-2 1/2, 285
Started all 13 games as senior -- one at nose guard, three at defensive end -- and had 46 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks with two forced fumbles. Stout and thick, he plays with leverage and can create a good push. Good with his hands. Strong tackler. Is raw as a pass rush and needs to get better at shedding blocks.
The quote: "He can play the 3 technique, he can also play some left defensive end and was used as a nickel rusher over the nose." -- Spielman.
The more I look at this draft class, the more I like how it fits together with what appears to be the plan to get the ball rolling on the roster again.
Again, maybe not instant stars but I bet both of them get reps this year and both should provide instant help on ST's.
Until then I like what the kid brings......
a. A hell of a leg that will kick TB's.
b. A hell of a leg that can make 10 out of 17 outside the 50 with a few of them coming outside the 60.
c. A kid that will tackle on ST's, if a team does return one of his kicks.
Does that mean he is ready for the HOF? Nope, but what it means is that, right along with the QB, WR, and DB positions, we have a kid that will eventually learn his craft.
Again, why wait to develop that kid? Let him get the bugs out while all the other players are doing the same especially considering the Owners aren't putting out the amount of money they would need to put a HOF'r on the the field at every position like you want.
Re: the Owners not putting the amount of money into the Team...not buying that at all. Remember, the new CBA won't allow any Owner to underinvest. All Teams need to spend at least X% of the cap.
We are kind of stuck with certain assumptions we can do little to change this year.
We assume Guion can step up and provide what we need with help from Ballard.
I suspect the Vikings will have trouble stopping the run and will end up having to draft a 0 or 3 technique DT next year. Bush will give the Vikings fits unless Brinkley can stop him.
We assume Brinkley can cover the deep middle in the cover two. I suspect that is just not likeley to happen and we will be in nickel during obvious passing plays. Look for us to consider drafting a stud 3 down middle LB next year.
We assume one of these marginal free agent receivers will breakout and become a legitimate threat this year. More likely one or two of the drafted WR will step up.
We assume many players who were injured last year will get healthy and play well this year.
A lot more assumptions exist and add up to a team that will be young and struggling to find itself, yet should show signs of improvement and hope.
However on Greg Childs, been reading some more and getting more behind this pick after also looking at was what availible instead i think it was a pretty good pick and i hope they both do well.
So i did not say the Arkansas offense was a dink and dunk offense, im saying that it could be what we are trying to build here and i am not happy about that..