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Shooter: 3 things to watch at Vikings' draft

There are 20 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 22, 2011, titled Shooter: 3 things to watch at Vikings' draft. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

12 in the first round, they'll focus on defensive linemen. 2. Watch where defensive tackle Nick Fairley from Auburn, defensive end Da'Quan Bowers from Clemson, defensive end Robert Quinn from North Carolina and defensive end Cameron Jordan from California go.

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KANSAS CITY VIKING

United States

#1 Apr 22, 2011
Shooter---- With so many smoke screens prior to the draft,lets be honest you dont have a CLUE who the vikings are going to take,I can make a mock draft just as well as you can. We will see thurs how right you are!
TC Florida

Cocoa Beach, FL

#2 Apr 22, 2011
Joe Webb is the answer to QB for the Vikings? Oh boy! Why not trade for Kolb? He's a proven entity.
Elvis

San Francisco, CA

#3 Apr 22, 2011
im betting they trade up and make a splash. Not that I have any inside info, im just bettting chaz is dead wrong as usual
A Vkings fan

Hudson, WI

#4 Apr 22, 2011
TC Florida wrote:
Joe Webb is the answer to QB for the Vikings? Oh boy! Why not trade for Kolb? He's a proven entity.
I wouldn't say Kolb is "proven" at this point.

Remember several years back, when Scott Mitchell started in place of an injured Dan Marino in Miami, and looked good for a few games? Detroit couldn't wait to get him -- and found out how little gets "proven" in the space of a few games!
A Vkings fan

Hudson, WI

#5 Apr 22, 2011
Elvis wrote:
im betting they trade up and make a splash. Not that I have any inside info, im just bettting chaz is dead wrong as usual
Yeah, I'd have to agree that Ziggy is much more interested in getting his new staidum than in the actual success of the on-field product.

It wouldn't be a surprise if he has decreed that the Vikings draft a QB in the first round to help give the impression that he is trying to field a winning team, reagardless of whether it's actually a good long-term move for the team.

If they can't trade up, look for the Vikings to use their first-round pick on a QB that should go no higher than the 2nd or 3rd rounds.
TC Florida

Cocoa Beach, FL

#6 Apr 22, 2011
A Vkings fan wrote:
<quoted text>
I wouldn't say Kolb is "proven" at this point.
Remember several years back, when Scott Mitchell started in place of an injured Dan Marino in Miami, and looked good for a few games? Detroit couldn't wait to get him -- and found out how little gets "proven" in the space of a few games!
Compared to overpaying for someone of Christian Ponder's status I'd say that's proof enough!
KANSAS CITY VIKING

United States

#7 Apr 22, 2011
TC FLORIDA, Im guessing you have seen alot of Christian Ponders play.. What do you think of him??? Because living here in Missouri I can tell you-any team that drafts Gabbert in the first is reaching. The kid is not a 1'st round talent but beings there are so many QB needy team's IE our vikings many teams will reach. Gabbert comes from a spread offense.
gas

Geneva, NY

#8 Apr 22, 2011
I laugh because the vikings are laughing in the fact that now nobody sure who they are going to draft because of the McNabb rumor ( which is totally false) in which the vikings really don't want McNabb. I quarantee that your will never see McNabb in a Viking Uniform.
4Vikes

Portland, OR

#9 Apr 22, 2011
I don't understand the desire for the Vikings to draft a DE...we just signed Robison to a 3 year deal and drafted Griffen last year. I could understand drafting a DT to replace Phat Pat, but I feel like the DE position should be lower on the "needs" list.
No D End

United States

#10 Apr 22, 2011
4Vikes wrote:
I don't understand the desire for the Vikings to draft a DE...we just signed Robison to a 3 year deal and drafted Griffen last year. I could understand drafting a DT to replace Phat Pat, but I feel like the DE position should be lower on the "needs" list.
I couldn't agree with you more. Espn did an analysis and defensive end has the worst level of busts taken in the first round. I agree that the Nick Fairly is worth it but not a defensive end. I wish they could find someone to trade down a few spots and still get the offensive tackle from BC, Costanza.
TC Florida

Cocoa Beach, FL

#11 Apr 22, 2011
KANSAS CITY VIKING wrote:
TC FLORIDA, Im guessing you have seen alot of Christian Ponders play.. What do you think of him??? Because living here in Missouri I can tell you-any team that drafts Gabbert in the first is reaching. The kid is not a 1'st round talent but beings there are so many QB needy team's IE our vikings many teams will reach. Gabbert comes from a spread offense.
Ponder will be at best a NFL journeyman and not any teams answer at starting QB, so the Vikings would be better off getting someone like Kolb who they know will at least be a good QB. There is probably not any obvious franchise QB's in this years draft.
Whatever

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Apr 22, 2011
I think NFL teams use local sportswriters to disseminate false information.

Read the national sites at ESPN, CNN/SI, etc., and all these tidbits get picked up and reported more widely.

Therefore, my guess is it's all bull$h*t.

And that would be fine with me, because I want this team to finally show some nuts and get a long term QB.
Wowser

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Apr 22, 2011
The NFL draft...
It's just another form of GAMBLING.
Some highly-rated guy will fall to our Vikes @12, and we'll snap him up and declare him the "steal of the draft". And, he could be... you just never know until Gameday.
Im Exhausted

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Apr 22, 2011
Wowser wrote:
The NFL draft...
It's just another form of GAMBLING.
Some highly-rated guy will fall to our Vikes @12, and we'll snap him up and declare him the "steal of the draft". And, he could be... you just never know until Gameday.
Are you saying Gabbert will fall to us and lead us to our very first 1-15 season then we get the number 1 overall pick and Luck comes out and we take him and he stiffs us for the 49ers because he is a California guy and we get two first round picks which we pick up a wide receiver because Rice left and a running back because by now Adrian Peterson is slowing down......?

Then the cursed losing cycle continues with a new coach....right?
No Kolb

Fountain, CO

#15 Apr 22, 2011
TC Florida wrote:
Joe Webb is the answer to QB for the Vikings? Oh boy! Why not trade for Kolb? He's a proven entity.
Kolb is not worth a 2nd rd pick let alone a 1st. You have to ask yourself why Andy Reid was so quick to sit Kolb and then trade him. Reid knows Kolb will only be a backup so he is trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes and sell him for way more than he is worth.

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Since: Jan 09

Grand Rapids, MN

#17 Apr 23, 2011
Somehow they will find a way to screw up the picks. I'd love some real journalism. A great story would be to look at the past five years and research the next five players taken in each round after the Vikes pick. But no, Shooter grabs a laptop and writes some meaninless drivel and calls it a day. Ain't America a great country?
Top Gunn--Rochester

Owatonna, MN

#18 Apr 23, 2011
I agree with an earlier post about the DE position, it's not that big of a priority. Walters listed 4 names, the Vikings could trade back, acquire an additional 2nd or a 3rd and still have a chance at probably 2 of those DE's. I would draft Amukamara if he's there at #12 (maybe). But I think we really need to move down 10-12 spots, get another 2nd or a 3rd, draft an O-Lineman with our first and QB, CB, DT or WR with our 2nd and 3rd picks.
Phil

Hopkins, MN

#19 Apr 23, 2011
Trading down is the ideal scenario; swapping down only six spots (18) will net the Vikings an additional second round pick.

Swapping down twelve spots (24) would get the Vikings a second and a third round pick based on the going rate.

There will still be quality players available later in the first round, but of the two scenarios that I just listed I would probably go for the first option, giving the Vikings some additional choices with their first overall pick, and then pick the best DE or OT remaining.

Forget about taking a QB period in this draft, nobody is really worth it; wait until next years' stronger QB class and select from them.(If Gabbert were in with next years' class he might not be considered until the late first-round at the earliest) Putting in some rookie QB won't make the Vikings anymore competitive this coming year anyways. Perennial losing teams are the ones that reach for positions of seemingly immediate need.
Jumping

Dallas, TX

#20 Apr 23, 2011
McNabb will not sell jerseys and tickets but Brett Favre will.

Vikings need players in the first two rounds that are ready to start opening day whenever that is.

Get two offensive linemen and retool the offensive line, start Joe Webb and let him manage the game with two healthy wideouts, Harvin and Rice.

Call AP to the office and read him the riot act, tell him to get his s**t together and give him the ball 30 times a game. He is in a contract year!
Kakabutt

Dallas, TX

#21 Apr 25, 2011
Newton @ 12

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