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Vikings Needs Maybe Not So Defined

Most analysis of the Vikings is consistently pointing at right tackle, cornerback, and wide out as the top priorities for the upcoming draft. I would argue, however, that Childress is being honest when he says they will take the best player available to them.

At right tackle Ryan Cook has been widely criticized, but the Vikings were still able to churn out some of the league’s best rushing performances with him at that spot. Not to mention Artis Hicks performed admirably at both right and left tackle last year before getting hurt.

Instead of selecting Jamon Meredith or Eben Britton, which could be viewed as reaches by many, the Vikings may be comfortable sticking with Hicks and taking the best available player in round one. Afterall, there’s no guarantee that Meredith, Britton, Phil Loadholt, Troy Kropog, or anyone else would be able to beat out Hicks in camp and have the instant impact that the Vikings are doubtless looking for from their top picks.

Cornerback is becoming less of a need by the day. The extension of rising talent Cedric Griffin and the hopefully soon-to-come extension of pro bowler Antoine Winfield would give the Vikings a more certain future at the position.

The Vikings have those two players, plus Karl Paymah, Marcus McCauley, Charles Gordon, Benny Sapp, and Marcus Walker to give them a total of seven corners currently on the roster. Again, if Malcolm Jenkins and Vontae Davis are off the board when the Vikings choose, then any other corner may be viewed as a reach and the Vikings may be willing to take the best player available instead of adding an eighth cornerback.

Unless the cornerback has great return skills, like a D.J. Moore, the pick would be unlikely to crack the starting lineup and have an instant impact.

Wide Out is a tough one. Berrian is obviously a solid starter, but what about Sidney Rice. He’s entering his third year, and while he’s shown glimpses of great talent, the consistency and ability to stay healthy has not been there. However, with Crabtree likely off the board at #22 is there a wide out worth taking? Probably, but instant impact should not be expected.

The group of Heyward-Bey, Maclin, Harvin, Britt, Nicks, and Robiskie could produce some quality wide outs. But the same thing was said last year of guys like Devin Thomas, Limas Sweed, James Hardy, Malcolm Kelly, Early Doucet, and Earl Bennett. None of these guys really had much impact in their first year, so there is no reason to expect the “tier two” guys of this draft to have much impact either. Plus, the Vikings already have seven wide outs on the roster.

Again, return skills could factor into the equation if they have a guy available that can be of instant use on special teams, but otherwise it seems unlikely that a wide out will be available that can have major and immediate impact in the receiving game.

In the end, I believe that the Vikings are better at these three positions than people give them credit for. This is why I believe Childress when he says they’ll draft best player available, with some extra points given to those players who could possibly come in and crack the starting roster and have immediate impact.

A guy like Alex Mack could come in as a starter. A guy like Josh Freeman may also get a shot at competing for the starting quarterback spot. Guys like Brian Cushing or Clay Matthews have the potential to unseat Ben Leber from his starting spot.

Expect Childress to stick to his guns and take the best player available to him. After all, he needs all the help he can get this season, or else he’s likely to end up unemployed.

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2 Responses to “Vikings Needs Maybe Not So Defined”

  1. Chaz says:

    They need a quartetback Hello!!!We play to win the game!

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