Posted 26 April 2020 - 05:53 PM
Wish we had a better or more attended thread, but just wanted to share my thoughts on the draft. No OTA or rookie camps is going to make this a very hard season to properly introduce and develop young talent. Going to make it that much harder for teams to determine exactly where they are and what they have. I wonder if the NFL might squeeze in some camps if this whole situation settles down, start the season later, expand the roster, expand the practice squad or make the rules of retention easier for a year.
Regardless, while I disagree with some of what Spielman and the Vikings did, as I always do, and have been right on a few occasions, I think they pulled off a tremendous draft. My biggest surprise and concern is Justin Jefferson as the first pick. I love the kid and his potential, but like Thielen, he works best out of the slot. He is not a direct replacement for Diggs. I am going to assume Kubiak, a very, very smart offensive mind, has a plan to get the most out of everyone. Other than that, I think they hit on every pick through the first 4 rounds. Every selection seems to fill need and seems like a fit for the systems in place, knowing there will be tweaks with staff changes. (I'm expecting some changes toward the "Tampa" 4-3 cover 3 we used to play).
Very intrigued by the 4th round. Wonnum fits the athletic profile Patterson has been so successful working with to develop at DE. Lynch looks like a natural fit for the 3 spot. And Dye is the kind of athletic, mobile cover LB we haven't had for a while. Even though the 3rd LB isn't on the field that much, there are ways to use a player like that in different situations, especially if he can muscle up just a bit more and be a bit more physical. I could see Barr, finally, be used more as a rusher and let Kendricks and Dye play LB in dime packages.
The 5th round is where I have concerns. Hand seems to have the length, physicality and attitude to develop in the secondary, but lacks long speed and seems stiff in his movements. But CB or S, he seems to be a versatile guy Zimmer loves to develop. But I just don't see a fit for Osborn, the WR from Miami. He may find a role as a return man, and that's important to be sure. He produced at Buffalo and improved year to year but didn't exactly set the world on fire after transferring to Miami. Was that poor QB play and a new system? I get the trades made for 2021 picks, which was smart, but it seems we lost out on a few guys we could have made a move for that had the potential to be a true SE instead of another potential slot guy.
Call me crazy, but I think they went out and nailed the 6th and 7th round. Brandel started for 4yrs at Oregon State, primarily at LT. Some speculation be could mkve to G, and I see no way he makes the club. But he is a perfect, long and experienced 6' 7" T, to build up and work on the practice squad to develop in to a possible swing T. Metellus is an experienced and physical S to play ST and develop at S from a top program. Cole from Miss St is very similar to Kearse, who we just lost. Willekes is a limited athlete and former WO from a top program who has always overcome and produced. He's a high energy/effort player that I bet finds a role, especially with Patterson working with him. Hinton has no chance to make the club out of division 2 moving from tackle to G, but is a great PS option. He was a D2 All American and has great speed and tremendous strength. He participated at KS State, I believe, on his pro day and produced a 4.88 40, 34 reps on the bench and a 34.5 vertical.
I wasn't surprised the Vikes took a QB considering what is on the bench. I also wasn't surprised it was Stanley as he had been repeatedly mocked. He wasn't my first choice, but he makes sense. While not overly mobile in the pocket, he is physically bigger clone of Cousins. He has tons of experience and productivity and an arm that can make all the throws, including the deep ball. But like Cousins, he has the problem of holding the ball too long and not checking down quick enough. He also lacks touch once in a while, probably due to holding the ball too long. Cousins has improved on these things, still needs to more, maybe Stanley can as well. Can he develop in to a nice #2? Worth a look.
Spielman has stated they were also very aggressive on the UDFA front. Maybe they were. They've done very well over the years in this area. So far, not that impressed with what I've seen and researched. Neville Clarke at CB is very similar to Hand in the 5th round and could be interesting. DB/S Myles Torn comes from a good program at NC and could be interesting. Quartney Davis from TX A&M has skills and potential and might be one of those guys who really should have gone back for their senior year. UDFA to mid round pick in 2021? Maybe.
The one guy I find really interesting is Jake Lacina/C from Augustana. His father was former Bill and Viking Corbin Lacina. He was the Div 2 Rimington award winner for 2019 and a consensus Div 2 All American. Again, a perfect PS member.
I think we mostly nailed the draft. Edit: still depends on the coaching staff to develop said talent. While I could question not moving up once or twice and picking a certain player or two, or keeping existing picks and grabbing said player or two, I completely appreciate adding to next season. With expected compensation picks figured in, we already have 12 picks for 2021 to further add to the roster or move up for a special addition or two. SE or future QB?
Not 100% sold on WR, but really happy with what was done.
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