Minnesota Vikings: What Chris Carr Signing Says About Vikings Draft Direction

Scott ReighardAnalyst IApril 5, 2012

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 09:  Chris Carr #29 of the Tennessee Titans looks on as he awaits the opening kick-off against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 9, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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With the recent signing of Chris Carr and last week’s signing of Zack Bowman, the Vikings continue to re-tool a back end that was borderline embarrassing last year.

I would offer that the Packers and Patriots were every bit as bad, but they did not finish 3-13, so let’s look at what the recent signings say for the Vikings in the April 26-28 draft cycle.  

The roster currently looks like this at corner: Chris Carr, Zack Bowman, Chris Cook, Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen, Marcus Sherels and Brandon Burton. And the Vikings may not be done yet in the area of free agency.  

I think it’s smart for the Vikings to sign these players to one-year contracts. It says: Prove yourself, and if you pan out, we’ll pay you. If not, nice knowing you.

That’s a lot better than throwing $25 million at a player who might be an utter disappointment.  

So, here is what we can anticipate come draft day: We pretty much know what is going to happen at pick No. 3, unless the Vikings decide to play Black Jack and go for a trade down, but it’s the second round that intrigues a lot of us. Many have the Vikings looking at corner, but I have said all along that WR is the position to pursue in Round 2.

If you go here, you will find a preponderance of impact wide receivers who go in Round 1 and Round 2. Yes, you find some diamonds in the rough in Round 3 and beyond, but just go back 10 years and see the difference.  

If you want to see something amazing and surprising, go to 2005 and get a good laugh.  

The Vikings cannot afford to wait until Round 3 to see if a blue-chip-style featured receiver is available. It rarely happens. There are plenty of No. 2 receivers in that area, but the Vikings really need a feature receiver. I believe that, after Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, there are three other receivers who could match up as No. 1 feature receivers: Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech, Alshon Jeffrey from South Carolina (I have reservations about him) and Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers. 

I firmly believe these WRs are complementary style receivers: Baylor's Kendall Wright, Reuben Randle of LSU and Miami's Tommy Streeter, but the Vikings seem to have plenty of No. 2 receivers.  

The bottom line here is that the Vikings have multiple areas of need. At this point, I would put the Vikings at drafting a corner in Round 2 at 25 percent. Unless there is a corner they absolutely covet who falls, then yes, it’s plausible, but my money is on WR.  

Lastly, let’s say there are no CBs or WRs they see at No. 35 who are high enough on their board to select. There is a chance they go for  best prospect available or trade down.  

Remember, the last two years, the Vikings have gone unconventional in Round 2, with Toby Gerhart and Kyle Rudolph. Could lightning strike three times? For the Vikings' sake I sure hope so.