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Where The Heck is Asher?

I once got into a little scuffle with a reader in the comments section of my Vikings 2009 draft grades because I said Asher Allen would be a dime back this year.  My argument at the time was that Allen would not be able to beat out Charles Gordon for the nickel spot.  The reader, who appeared to be a huge Georgia supporter, left comments telling me how wrong I was.

And he was right.  Allen did not have to worry about beating out Charles Gordon at all.  Gordon was released after being unable to make a return from a gruesome injury suffered in the 2008 season.  I was also wrong about Allen being our dime back.  While he made the final 53-man roster, Allen has been inactive for the first two games of the season.  He was unable to move ahead of both Benny Sapp and Karl Paymah on the depth chart.

At the time, I graded the Allen pick at a “B-“ saying that, “By drafting Allen, the Vikes added their ninth cornerback to the roster.  I don’t really see what Allen brings to the table that guys like Benny Sapp, Charles Gordon, and Karl Paymah don’t already possess.” 

After the reader really succeeded in getting me on the Asher Allen bandwagon, I am disappointed that Allen has been unable to leapfrog Paymah and Sapp and improve our secondary thus far.  In fact, after the reader continued to applaud Allen’s training camp efforts and Vikings coaches were talking him up big time, I started to feel like I would be eating my fair share of crow.

 While it is far too early to judge Allen’s long-term success in the NFL, it is awful disheartening that he hasn’t been active at all this year.  Known for his ability to deliver a big hit, I thought Allen would’ve proved his worth on special teams at the very least.

Just to re-cap, here is a look at what I summarized about each other pick from this year:



GRADE:  “C”          There is no denying that Harvin could become a premier player with his game changing abilities, but he also runs the risk of doing more damage than good if his character flaws come out again.  For now a “C” until he earns the respect of Minnesota fans.  The fact that he was chosen over offensive tackle Michael Oher is another reason why I didn’t give the Vikings a higher grade here.


GRADE: “A-”          Loadholt was not really expected to fall to the Vikings in the second round, but quite a few of the top tackle prospects fell.  It is obvious that he is one of the most impressive tackle prospects as far as measurables go, and after visiting with Loadholt multiple times the Vikings obviously felt like he is the right fit.  Loadholt should become an instant starter and be a dominant tackle for years to come.


GRADE: “A”          As far as I’m concerned, trading up to snag this kid was one of the smarter moves the Vikings front office made all day.  Linebacker depth was a definite need, and Brinkley has tremendous value for a fifth round pick in that respect.  Do not be surprised to see him make an immediate impact on special teams, and eventually become a starter in this league.


GRADE: “B+”           Again, this is a pick that carries great value.  There is no reason why Sanford shouldn’t have gone in an earlier round, so the Vikings got a real steal here.  The fact that he was made captain on his team suggests that his character concerns really are buried in the past, and that the Vikings had a very solid prospect fall right into their laps late in the game.


So far most of my predictions have held up, other than Allen being our dime back, of course.

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4 Responses to “Where The Heck is Asher?”

  1. Brendan Engle says:

    I think Asher will become a good CB for us in time, but I think the reason he hasn’t been active over Paymah is that Paymah is a better special teams player.

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  3. starrc10 says:

    Kenny Onatolu was a great pickup as well… love watching him play. I am VERY happy with the ‘backers this year.

  4. G.P. says:

    All good things come to those who wait. I still say that Allen is destined to make an impact on the team. He’s merely off to a cautious start which is not a bad thing. In time Allen will show his prowess and when that day comes I’ll be here to say “I told you so”…slow and steady wins the race and cream always rises to the top. I’m sure Allen WILL! Did you honestly think you’d get rid of me that easily Warwas? Sorry I was slow to respond…crazy schedule. SKOL Vikes!

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