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Picking My Brain

Okay, here goes our Easter version of our weekly Q&A sessions:

Bigjohnny84 asks:  Adam, what’s your gut feeling on which teams move up in the draft and which ones move down.

It is hard enough to come up with an accurate mock draft, let alone predict trades, even for the best of “draft experts” out there.  I think a lot of trades will happen, but which ones happen will depend on who gets selected and when.

One team I think will trade up are the Bears.  Because of their trades to acquire Jay Cutler and Gaines Adams, they don’t select until the third round.  They have a major need at safety, however, and they will probably do everything they can to jump up and snag a guy like Nate Allen.

Teams with many draft picks present the most potential for movement, thus, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Patriots position themselves as they please… though that may not involve trading up.


B. Grant asks:  Is there a case to be made that our greatest needs are anywhere other than OL and CB, and if that is true, will those be the first two selections by the Vikes?

I think any Vikings fan that watches every snap like you and I do could easily make a case for any position being a position of need. 

The average observer, for example, wouldn’t think of defensive end as a need, but I could point to the fact that Ray Edwards, Brian Robison, Jayme Mitchell, and Mike Montgomery are in the final year of their contracts and thus make a case for “need” at the position.  This isn’t to say that is how I feel, but I am just saying cases could be made for everything.  It remains to be seen whether the Vikings brass feel the same about team needs as us fans.

Offensive line and cornerback are the consensus top needs for the Vikings, and deservedly so.

I still think the top need is quarterback of the future, but that guy may not be available to the Vikings whether they consider it a need or not.

I have seen others point to the poor play of the Vikings safeties and also the backup running back position.  Defensive tackle has been thrown out there too because of the pending StarCaps decision and Pat Williams’ age.

Overall, I think the Vikings will continue to select the best player available as they have in recent years, but may trade around to put themselves in a position to make that player one who plays a position of need.


starrS10 asks:  What is the average airspeed velocity of an unlaiden swallow?

B. Grant answered the question in the comments section before I could get the chance.  He says, “The average cruising airspeed velocity of an unladen European Swallow is roughly 11 meters per second, or 24 miles an hour.”

I was going to go with an answer that Packer fans could understand by saying, “approximately half as fast as Jared Allen’s average speed when pursuing Aaron Rodgers.”


Norseman66 asks:  Do you think the Vikes should address their LB corps this year with Leber getting up there in age and EJ who can’t seem to stay healthy? If so, then with whom other than the previously post on Rennie Curran?

I absolutely think the Vikings should consider linebacker a need if the opportunity arises.  E.J. Henderson’s health issues, Ben Leber’s age and contract status, and Chad Greenway being in his contract year are all reasons to consider linebackers in this draft.

I often think that linebackers are the quarterbacks of the defense, and not enough importance can be placed on the position.

If, somehow, Daryl Washington out of TCU ends up being the best player when the Vikings choose in the first or second round then the Vikings should pounce.

I think looking for a guy that could improve the coverage skills of this linebacker group could be beneficial.  Keep an eye on Roddrick Muckelroy out of Texas.


SupaScout asks:  I have long held the position that God hates the Minnesota Vikings, As revealed through their 0-4 Super bowl record. I have a few theories about this.
1) They are named after barbarian invaders who killed and pillaged their way across Europe, the Mediterranean and North America.
2) They are the only classy team in the NFL and they have a cult like following.
3) They were lead by a near god like man for 18 years by the name of Bud Grant, and once a year I pray that he returns to lead the Vikings again.
Do you have any theories on this subject?

My theory involves nothing but optimism… like the old saying, “good things come to those who wait.”

I think when the Vikings win the Super Bowl, it will go down as the single greatest Super Bowl victory of all time.  They’re just holding us in suspense until they can win it all in the best possible way.

How it will happen remains to be seen.


c.carterhof asks:  On the all time Viking team, who should be starting DE’s?
I say Eller and Marshall, my buddy says Eller and Doleman.

I’ll be honest here, and tell you that my age (or lack of) probably should not make me any sort of authority on the matter.  From legend, lore, and whatnot I would have to agree with the Eller and Marshall vote…

But perhaps some of our older readers would provide better insight than I.

Jared Allen may soon be able to enter this type of conversation.

44 for the hall asks:  Anyone, who’s your favorite lesser known Viking?

Of all time, Chris Walsh was a player that re-defined the importance of special teams.  I loved watching the Vikings kickoff just so I could watch him play.  What an awesome contributor he was, despite having a fairly small role.

On today’s team, I think it safe to say that Ben Leber does not get the recognition he deserves.  The guy played at a Pro Bowl caliber in 2009, and I think he is a high-impact player despite his low-profile ways.

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One Response to “Picking My Brain”

  1. Norseman66 says:

    Happy Easter to the Warwas family and to all of you other “Viking Gabbers”. Here’s to hoping the Easter Bunny brings us a basketful of great draft picks this year!

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