Minnesota Vikings: What Could Have Been in the 2005 NFL Draft

Sammy Sucu@oblivion08Senior Analyst IJanuary 25, 2012

Williamson Dropping a Huge Pass against SF
Williamson Dropping a Huge Pass against SFJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

This article will be the first in many focusing on what would have been if the Minnesota Vikings made the right moves. Today the focus will be on the epic failure that was the 2005 NFL draft for the Vikings.

In the 2005 offseason, the Vikings decided to ship out their disgruntled WR Randy Moss to the Oakland Raiders for LB Napoleon Harris and a first-round pick. Luckily the Raiders had the seventh pick in the draft. The Vikings were not great that year but they still had a decent pick at No. 18.

This draft was supposed to feature the Vikings replacing Randy Moss at WR and finding a stud on the defensive side. Unless you live under a rock or completely block out the Vikings from your life, then you should know that the Vikings failed at both of these tasks.

The Seventh Pick:

With the seventh pick in the draft the Vikings selected WR Troy Williamson out of South Carolina. This pick came as a surprise to a lot of people. Keep in mind the Vikings fans were finding it hard to believe because of the Bryant McKinnie and Kevin Williams picks—which are now seen as great draft selections.

The Vikings liked the fact that Williamson was quick and talented enough to replace Moss, little did they know Williamson would be riddled with the “butterfingers” label the rest of his career. Williamson dropped crucial passes in crucial moments as a Viking and did not have a good relationship with Coach Brad Childress.

Once Williamson was cut he threatened to “meet Childress at midfield” and have a talk with him during a Jaguars and Vikings game in 2008. Williamson never did “meet with him” but he is currently meeting with no one because he is a free agent and should not be allowed to play another down in the NFL.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17:  Erasmus James #99 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the New York Jets during their preseason game on August 17, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 31-16. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty
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What would have been the best move for the Vikings here?

Drafting LB Demarcus Ware out of Troy who would have filled the defensive stud the Vikings needed.

Drafting LB Shawne Merriman out of Maryland who would have also filled the same need for the Vikings.

The 18th Pick:

After the Vikings selected Williamson, they decided to draft Erasmus “The Eraser” James. The only thing Erasmus did as a Viking was injure Michael Vick in a preseason game. Erasmus was sub-par at best and he did not provide anything to the Vikings.

Erasmus was not as controversial as Williamson and most people forgot about this pick. He left without a whisper and is not even employed as a football player anymore—in the NFL at least. He now plays in the IFL for the New Mexico Stars. Erasmus could have been a stud if he did not go through all of those injuries, but no one will ever know.

What would have been the best move for the Vikings here?

It would be really easy to say that the Vikings should have drafted Aaron Rodgers, but with Daunte Culpepper playing at the level he was it would have been a waste. Of course knowing what we know now it would have been a great move, but who knows how good Culpepper would have been had he not torn his ACL, MCL and PCL.

Drafting WR Roddy White out of UAB would have definitely helped fill the big shoes left by Randy Moss. White is known as the best WR out of this draft and it is tough to argue that. Braylon Edwards, Troy Williamson, Mike Williams (USC), Mark Clayton and Matt Jones were all busts.

The Rest of the Draft:

OT: Marcus Johnson (out of football)

CB: Dustin Fox (out of football)

RB: Ciatric Fason (was key on the goal line)

DT: CJ Mosley (plays for Jaguars but is not very good)

CB: Adrian Ward (out of football, played in CFL)

Special Teams Specialist/LB: Heath Farwell (who was the best pick out of the draft, making a Pro Bowl in 2009, but who is now in Seattle)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Get
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Although the 2005 NFL Draft was a big bust for the Vikings, they made up for it in the years after. In 2006 they drafted Chad Greenway, the most underrated player in football. In 2007 the Vikings drafted a man named Adrian Peterson, who won Rookie of the Year and is the best running back in football—they also selected WR Sidney Rice who came up huge for them in the 2009 campaign. In 2009 Minnesota drafted RT Phil Loadholt and 2009 Rookie of the Year WR Percy Harvin.

The success of the past two seasons of drafts are still undecided, but the talent is young. The Vikings have the third pick in the draft this season and are looking to draft a team for the future as they are in semi-rebuilding mode. Hopefully for Vikings fans, the 2012 NFL Draft is more like 2006, 2007 and 2009 instead of 2005. 

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