Harrison Smith performing drills at the 2012 NFL combine.
The Vikings broke out the salary cap calculator and did some addition by subtraction by letting Cedric Griffin go.
They also received somewhat positive news when Chris Cook was acquitted of his charges, although we’re still not sure if he gets suspended to start the season yet. One has to think Roger Goddell is going to hand down some sort of punishment there.
Age has hit one of our favorite Vikings of the last six years. Antoine Winfield will be 35 when this season starts and he’s been getting noticeably slower over the past three seasons.
The Vikings having Chris Carr pay a visit makes me wonder what Rick Spielman was thinking—he may have been confused and thought he was bringing in Brandon Carr instead (I’ve had sleepless nights pondering this), but we’ll never know.
So with the very little that has been done thus far in free agency, addressing the secondary early on in this draft is paramount.
Minnesota will most likely take the conservative route and hope that a guy like safety Harrison Smith falls to them at No. 35.
If that scenario were to play out, most of us, including myself, would be doing back flips.
Another possibility that could happen would be the Vikings making a play to creep back into the lower part of the first round to snag either Dre Kirkpatrick or Janoris Jenkins.
Kirkpatrick would be ideal just for the fact that he is so tough against the run, and his 6’2” frame would fare quite well against the likes of Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall.
Talent-wise, Jenkins is a top-15 player and may even be a better overall cover guy than Morris Claiborne. However, a number of off-the-field issues have raised red flags with teams and caused his stock to plummet.
Kirkpatrick isn’t immune to off-field issues, either. Back in January of this year, he was arrested on possession of the hippie lettuce.
If one of these guys were to fall past No. 25 because of these issues, the Vikings brass should really consider taking a chance and jumping up to draft them.
They would get an extreme talent to pair with Chris Cook, solidifying the corner position for the next six years.