With the 2010 NFL Draft coming to an end, the Minnesota Vikings should be proud of their incoming class of rookies.
Their first three draft selections are likely to make the most impact for Minnesota in the quickest amount of time.
First, we have Chris Cook, the cornerback from Virginia who will immediately come in and compete for a starting position, especially if Cedric Griffin is unavailable to start come week one.
Perhaps I was the only one, but I honestly felt like Minnesota would have selected Jimmy Clausen with their first round pick.
The way I see it, even if Favre comes back, he won’t be around forever and Tarvaris Jackson is not the man Minnesota wants to lean on to fill Brett’s shoes when he does choose to retire for good.
Had they picked Clausen here, they would have had a great quarterback to sit back and learn from a future Hall of Famer. In essence, Minnesota would have been able to create their very own purple-wearing Aaron Rodgers.
I’m not saying picking Cook was a bad pick.
Sure, it was questionable. But it definitely wasn’t the worst pick in the draft.
The Vikings definitely addressed a team need with this pick and Chris Cook suits the Vikings defensive scheme very well.
The biggest thing they addressed by not getting Clausen in the first round, or any other big name quarterback for that matter, is they are not pressing the quarterback issue.
This definitely leads me to believe they know Favre is coming back, but that is a different story for another time.
The Vikings second pick was my favorite of the draft.
In the second round they selected Toby Gerhart, the power house running back, and Heisman runner-up, from Stanford.
Many analysts are thinking he will not be able to play the running back position in the NFL at a sufficiently productive level.
I agreed with them.
I agreed that on any team he would be forced into the full back position and be the next Mike Alstott. Any team except for Minnesota.
Gerhart will come in and immediately be on the field. He is definitely no replacement for Adrian Peterson, but he more than replaces Chester Taylor who Minnesota lost in the free agency to division rivals, the Chicago Bears.
Gerhart is a workhorse who could probably compete with Adrian Peterson in the “running people over” game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get 150-200 touches this season as a third down back and specific play back.
The most important reason this pick sticks out to me is Adrian Peterson’s hard case of "fumbilitis" he has gone through in the past.
Vikings fans will be glad to know there is someone that can come in when Peterson starts coughing the ball up like he did in the NFC Championship game.
The Vikings didn’t have a third round pick, but still managed to pick up defensive end Everson Griffen from Southern Cal.
After Pierre-Paul and Derrick Morgan were drafted in the first round, many thought Griffen was the best available defensive end in the draft. When he fell all the way to the fourth round, Minnesota couldn’t pass him up.
Jared Allen anchors that defensive end position as arguably the best defensive end in the league, but Ray Edwards’ days in Minnesota may be numbered.
He is holding out until the latest possible date and refuses to participate in team activities wanting a new contract. Whether that is with Minnesota or a different team, the point is he probably won’t be there much longer.
Everson Griffen comes in and learns from Jared Allen and prepares for the just-in-case scenario of Edwards getting signed by another team.
Should that actually happen, Griffen will compete for the starting job opposite Allen on the defensive line.
The Vikings addressed all of their team needs in this draft, and now it’s time to go to work.
The 2010 season will be here before you know it, and with or without the man Jared Allen calls the “silver fox,” Brett Favre, the Minnesota Vikings have much to do if they want to get to the Super Bowl that slipped through their fingers last season.