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Reynaud The Runner

Multiple reports are surfacing that Darius Reynaud mentioned in a radio interview that the Vikings may move him to running back, which is an area of potential need since Chester Taylor departed during free agency.

By all appearances, this is not an April Fool’s joke, so we’ll run with it.

Reynaud has some experience at running back from his high school years.  He certainly appears to have the athleticism and moves to take the occasional handoff and be productive.  He may even excel in a role similar to how the Saints use Reggie Bush or how the Chargers use Darren Sproles.

I have no doubt that Reynaud could do well in a role like this, in addition to continuing his punt return duties and providing depth to the receiving group.

However, this report reeks of pre-Draft smoke, and the fact that Reynaud is out there saying this only makes this lone blogger more sure that the Vikings are going to be targeting a running back in the upcoming draft.

If they don’t, however, then a running back depth chart that features Adrian Peterson, Albert Young, Darius Reynaud, James Johnson, and Ian Johnson is not too bad of a worst-case-scenario.

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12 Responses to “Reynaud The Runner”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Adam, you forgot to give Freds credit. Shame, shame.

  2. Purple Charlie says:

    Johnny, It was 75 here today, No April fools…

  3. wtfvikesfan says:

    Theory on Lions trading down
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    Recently, there was a rumor that the Detroit Lions were not only looking to trade down from the No. 2 overall spot in the draft, but that an offer had already come in to GM Martin Mayhew and his cronies. At the time, we thought that perhaps it would have to do with another team being hellbent on getting the opportunity to take Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy.

    But here’s another theory, from Tom Kowalski of Perhaps Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen is the lynchpin to any possible trade. Paying a QB the salary commensurate with the No. 2 overall pick is a lot easier to swallow than paying it to a DT, and there is a long list of teams that appear to be interested in adding the nearly NFL-ready Clausen to its arsenal. In fact, for a team that wants a new QB under center in 2010, Clausen is a much better choice, given his experience in Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense for the Fighting Irish.

    One could argue the case for many other teams in the Top 10 to be interested in trading up for the rights to pick Clausen, but the scenario that makes the most sense vis-a-vis mutual benefit is for the Washington Redskins to switch picks with the Lions, who would then get to take either McCoy or Suh following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 3. In this way, the Lions will get the player they want plus another commodity while Mike Shanahan will have his next franchise QB.

    We checked in with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on that possibility, and he considers it unlikely:

    Adam Schefter
    Redskins will probably stay at No. 4
    “My sense is if the Redskins want Clausen, they’ll sit tight and take him at No. 4. If some team trades up to 2 or 3 for Clausen, then so be it — Washington loses out. Washington is in play on Bradford and Clausen, but it would not surprise me if Washington trades back, either, and picks up multiple picks. Lots of options — but then again, we are three-plus weeks away from the draft.”

  4. wtfvikesfan says:

    McCoy back into first?
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    Before the University of Texas’ pro day on Wednesday, there were signs that QB Colt McCoy was entrenching himself as the third-best QB of the draft class behind Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen. According to some reports, McCoy was solid but unspectacular in his performance, but as we know, most NFL scouts have their minds mostly made up on top prospects by this point, so this was just a part of the process. Still, it’s noteworthy that McCoy has re-entered the conversation in a big way, and Mel Kiper, Jr. thinks the Redskins might have legitimate interest.

    There’s still a chance that for a team at the top of the second round to guarantee themselves a shot at McCoy, they’ll have to trade back into the first, as has been suggested regarding the Cleveland Browns’ interest in McCoy, and would also be true for the ‘Skins. Not sure we’re quite buying that one fully, as switching picks that early requires a lot in return. Then again, if McCoy winds up being a legit NFL franchise QB, it’s a small price to pay.

    Mel Kiper, Jr.
    McCoy back on the Big Board
    “The bottom line with McCoy is he’s a player I began to question during the season because he simply didn’t show off an impressive arm, and size became a question. Since the season, however, my evaluations of his arm strength and size have improved, and I’m more convinced now that his performance was far more a product of the system he was in, and the talent around him. It’s not that he couldn’t throw a deep ball, he simply wasn’t given the chance. I still see him as a similar player to Jake Plummer — not a star, but a very good player — but he has a stronger arm.”

  5. B. Grant says:

    Doesn’t Percy seem more fitted to this role than Darius? No slam on DarRey intended, but seems like the Vikes had already put in a significant amount of opportunities for Percy at RB in his first year. He seems more of a swing man than DarRey, since anyone put in that role has to command respect as a runner to keep the defense honest.

  6. B. Grant says:

    …and as far as taking a RB early, doesn’t make sense to me that we let Chester walk and then have to pick that position high in the draft. I think we have to start with CB and OL, unless there are absolute sleepers later on. (And I don’t mean the Ryan Cook-type “sleeper”.)

  7. Fozz44 says:

    I love Darius moving to RB. Getting him on the field more often is a very good thing.

  8. […] Reports came out this week from Darius … am I spelling his name right? Whatever … who said that he has been talked to about moving to running back for the Vikings this season. He would join Adrian Peterson and Albert […]

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