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Coach B gives you the skinny of the Vikings draft selections

Time to open the package and break down what the Vikings got on draft day.
Round 2 – Pick 2 – Chris Cook – CB – Virginia – The Vikings were getting ready to select Kyle Wilson until the Jets crashed their party by selecting him. So instead, they traded down and took Cook instead. They get a CB with good size / speed ratio. A very good cover corner who loves to play close to the line of scrimmage. He is a very good fit for the Cover 2 defense that the Vikings play. He is very good at jamming receivers at the line and can turn his hips and shadow receivers on short and intermediate routes. He has good but not elite speed and will struggle to run with fast receivers on deep routes.
He has terrific hands and doesn’t drop many balls if he manages to get his hands on it.
Cook’s downside is that he is hesitant in run support and is not a very nifty tackler. He struggles to disengage from blocks when caught in space and has a history of injury.
Round 2 – Pick 19 – Toby Gerhart – RB – Stanford – I must admit that I didn’t see this one coming. The Vikings moved up to grab the powerful runner from Stanford. The team is hoping he can become for Adrian Peterson what of Alstott was for Warren Dunn. A big strong back who consistently gains yardage after the initial hit. His college stats are very impressive, but many scouts fear his abilities may not translate well to the pro level.
He has good hands and catches the ball out of the backfield well. When rushing, he hit’s the hole hard and can really move the pile. He has quick feet and has the ability to turn it outside, but he does not have good breakaway speed and will not break many long runs.
He is a solid blocker who does a good job picking up the blitz. Plays extremely hard and will be a fan favorite who will be fun to watch.
Round 4 – Pick 2 – Everson Griffen – DE – USC – This was the Vikings best value pick as he was projected much higher. Some draft publications had him going in the first round as high as # 16. A physical freak who can be a pass rushing nightmare. He had an up and down career at USC. Had a down 2009-10 season which he attributed to injury. His upside is HUGE. So much so, that the Vikings just couldn’t pass on him despite their depth at DE. He is versatile and may be able to play outside linebacker in the NFL.
Against the run, he holds up well at the point of attack. He is a rock that can anchor on sweeps. He has good speed, but struggles in pursuit and doesn’t seem very instinctive.
Round 5 – Chris DeGeare – G/T – Wake Forrest – The team really needed an interior offensive lineman so they selected DeGeare in round 5. Don’t expect too much. This selection was mainly because he is versatile and can play both guard and tackle. A classic NFL back-up at best. He has good size and physical strength but will struggle making the team outright, and may be a good practice squad candidate in his rookie season.
Round 5 – Pick 36 – Nathan Triplett – LB – Univ. of Minnesota – No one is more excited to be selected by the Vikings then former Golden Gopher. He is a high motor guy who runs fairly well and isn’t afraid to stick his head into the fray and make the tackle. Holds up well against the run, but because of a lack of coverage skills, he will probably be a 1st and 2nd down LB in the NFL. He grew up a Viking fan, and is thrilled to get a chance to wear purple every weekend.
He will probably make the squad because he is a special teams Monster who can block on the return teams as well as tackle with fearless abandon on the coverage units.
Round 6 – Pick 30 – Joe Webb – QB/WR -UAB – This one was a real head scratcher. My first thought was…..Why this guy when Tony Pike was still on the board. Then I heard that the team is thinking of using him strictly as a wide receiver. Still one has to wonder if the team could have gotten more value elsewhere. Anyways, Webb is an incredible physical athlete with good size who may be able to run the wildcat in time. The question is, will a deeply talented team like the Vikings be able to keep such a commodity such as this.
Round 7 – Pick 7 – Mickey Shuler – TE – Penn St. – Son of a former NFL player so he has the bloodline, pedigree and knowledge to make a good run at making this team. A decent pass catcher, with average speed at best. Decent hands.
Has the size to become a good pass blocker. As a receiver, he needs to refine his route running as his lack of top speed and acceleration make it tough for his to separate himself from defenders.
Round 7 – Pick 30 – Ryan D’Imperio – ILB – Rutgers- Most likely he will have to make this team by way of solid special teams play. May end up playing fullback if he can show the necessary pass blocking skills. His talent is at stuffing the run, which he does very well.
Overall, a solid but unspectacular draft. I am neither elated or disappointed. This draft will provide good depth at several positions. I am a bit surprised that team waited so long to draft an interior offensive lineman ( Alan Fanica , Flozell Adams?) and am equally surprised that the Vikings didn’t attempt to improve their depth at safety ( Ken Hamlin ?).
The selection of Everson Griffen in the 4th round could end up being a steal. I also like Chris Cook ( Not as much as Kyle Wilson ) and Viking fans are gonna love Toby Gerhart as well.

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2 Responses to “Coach B gives you the skinny of the Vikings draft selections”

  1. WinnipegViking says:

    Neither elated or disappointed pretty much sums it up. I personally feel good about this draft, I just wish we would have made a big splash on the free agent side of the ball. Griffin will be a star in this league in 5 years

  2. marty264 says:

    Warrick Dunn

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