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Hopefully Ponder will have something to cheer about come draft day
Well, if the dominoes fall the way I think they will and there are no other surprise trades, then it may go like this.
Cleveland is not happy, RGIII is gone, so they draft Justin Blackmon as a good consolation. The Buccaneers did not figure on Blackmon anyway, so they draft Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama, or Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU.
That leaves the Vikings at No. 6. If the Bucs take Richardson, the Vikings get, aha, Claiborne. See? Or, they have their choice with Jonathan Martin, Stanford, or Riley Reiff, Iowa. Yes, they are a drop off from Kalil, but you get your LT and an extra pick.
Here’s an even more win-win for the Vikings. Let’s say Cleveland hears the Redskins want to trade with the Vikings, so they call the Rams. The Rams make the trade with the Browns because the Browns have two first round picks and can afford it. The Browns draft RGIII and guess what, the Vikings get their man in Kalil. The Rams drop to four and get Blackmon.
As I stated in my free agency article, left tackles rarely are available in free agency, and if you get one, you either pay for an aging tackle, or take a chance on someone stepping up to start. It is imperative the Vikings get their LT in the first round, because if they wait until the second, they may have to look at the fourth or fifth LT on the board.
I'm not saying second round LTs don't make it in the NFL, but you are better off with one of the top three, as history bears out.
Will this happen, I can only write this article and speculate, and of course a plethora of things can happen between now and then. This article simply addressed the situation as if draft day was the only thing going on.
Now, many will call me out on this, but it’s my article, and you are entitled to address your thoughts, of which I welcome.
I have to tell you, there could be some real fireworks in the top five of this year’s NFL draft.