Vikings General Manager For a Day
I'm Rick Spielman, general manager of the Minnesota Vikings. I struck gold a few years ago by landing super running back Adrian Peterson.
Consensus is that if Peterson avoids serious injury, he could go on to be one of the best five backs in league history.
Peterson aside, 10 of the 13 players I drafted since taking this job are still with the team. So, I can safely say that I have a pretty good feel of this position.
Okay, enough of my self-adulation. Let's get down to it: What am I going to do this year?
There is a belief that I should take a tackle in the first round. Yes, we have a glaring need at right tackle. And we will address this, trust me.
Just not in the first round. There are many good tackles that will be there later in the second round.
My first priority is to take some pressure off of Peterson. To do that, we need a speedy slot threat that will incite fear in opposing linebackers. The thought of a receiver catching a pass in space is a nightmare for any defensive coordinator.
Some of you may add that we already have that player in Bobby Wade. I counter. When was the last time you saw Wade catch a slant pass and take it 80 yards for a touchdown?
Enter Percy Harvin.
I know, people are trying drive down the guy's value with the pot chatter, but I think we can manage that. If he's there, I take him. If not, I'll have to go with a tackle.
But clearly, the man atop my big board is Harvin—He'll make Peterson happy and make our offense intensely fun to watch.
In the second round, I will first look to the tackle spot. My targets will be Florida's Jason Watkins (6'6", 317 pounds), Conneticut's William Beatty (6'6", 291 pounds), Eastern Michigan's T.J. Lang (6'4", 312 pounds), or Oklahoma's Phil Loadholt (6'8", 343 pounds).
The only wrench in this plan would be if Vonte Davis, the cornerback from Illinois, is still on the board. If so, I'll have to take him for value, and then address the tackle in round three.
If tackle is the pick in round two, then I will focus on a center or cornerback in round three. This, again, is a value pick. For example, if Alabama center Antoine Caldwell (6'3", 307 pounds) slips into this round, I'll go after him hard, even if it means trading our fifth pick.
With our remaining picks, I'll go after depth at offensive lineback, defensive tackle, and corner back.
Just for the record, there are two other receivers I really like as options if we can't land Harvin: Oklahoma's Juaquin Iglesias (6'0", 204 pounds), and Penn State's Derrick Williams (5'11", 197 pounds).
If I miss Harvin in the first round, I'm going after one of these players in the second round, both of whom have shown the ability to catch the tough pass across the middle and who possess the skills to take it to the house.
Hope our many fans in Vikings land can live with the picks.
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