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Shooter Now: Minnesota Vikings were smart to trade out of Round 1

There are 24 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 23, 2010, titled Shooter Now: Minnesota Vikings were smart to trade out of Round 1. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

There's little doubt the Minnesota Vikings had cornerbacks Devin McCourty from Rutgers and Kyle Wilson from Boise State, as well as defensive tackle Dan Williams from Tennessee, on their draft radar Thursday night, but all were chosen before the Vikings' No.

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Reality Checker

Henderson, NV

#1 Apr 23, 2010
Here's a thought -

If the Vikes are not impressed with this year's remaining QB choices enough to burn a pick on one, I wouldn't be the least bit disappointed if they traded out a pick today for a higher pick in next year's draft, so they can be in a better position to pick from the 2011 QB class.

Perhaps some team would give them their 2nd round pick next year in order to have the Vikings' 3rd round pick this year? You go into the next draft with 3 picks in the first 2 rounds, and you have some ammo to work with to move up for a top prospect.

Remember this - one year from today, the only QB under contract for the Vikings will be Sage Rosenfels. Assuming Favre is back this year, they'll likely win enough games in 2010 to be stuck drafting late in the rounds again next year.

Hence the need for an additional pick in 2011 to have some trade leverage for moving up to get a real franchise prospect.
Minman

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Apr 23, 2010
"The Vikings didn't take quarterback Jimmy Clausen from Notre Dame when they could have at No. 30, so you have to wonder why they would like him at No. 34 today."

Well, if they had a stong indication that Jimmy Clausen would be available at number 34 also, why wouldn't you trade down only 4 spots in order to go up as high as they did in the 4th round? Seems like a win win situation to me. You get your guy 4 picks later AND choose high in the 4th round.(and the 7th round pick on top of that)
Dick

Fort Myers, FL

#3 Apr 23, 2010
I don't get it. Even if Bret comes back this year, next year for sure the Vikings are GOING to NEED a QB. For this draft Jimmy Clausen was a top ten pick. Sure, teams are saying he's got an attitude problem. BUT SO WHAT? He can throw the ball with the best of them. Why not take Clausen now and let him have a year to learn from Bret. Then next year he'll be ready to go. I cannot comprehend how the Viking THINK they will have a better QB to draft next year. The only way that would be true is for them to lose a bunch of games this year; and I mean a BUNCH of games. Jimmy Clausen seems to be a starting QB in the NFL. If we don't take him, I feel like we'll be kicking ourselves in the butt for years to come. How do you think the teams that didn't take Peterson or Harvin feel right now? That could be us for the next 10+ years if the right decision isn't made. Think about it Chilly. Do you want TJoke to be your best QB draft choice?
Reality Checker

Henderson, NV

#4 Apr 23, 2010
Dick wrote:
I don't get it. I cannot comprehend how the Viking THINK they will have a better QB to draft next year.
Actually, the consensus around the league is that next year's QB class WILL be better than this year's, both in talent and depth.

That's why teams like the Raiders, Browns, and Bills were willing to pass on Clausen this year despite where he ranked on the boards.
Wizconie

Amery, WI

#5 Apr 23, 2010
Pick Clausen. Then trade Sage for whatever you can get. He didn't beat out TJack after 10yrs in the league and never will be anything. TJack is an ok backup and Clausen will need at least 1 yr if not 2 on the bench. Next year it will be interesting to see if Clausen is ready, if not start TJack and if he struggles Clausen steps in.
Sid

Hurley, SD

#6 Apr 23, 2010
Has anybody heard about this David Igwebueke kid, is it true that his dad is Donald Igwebueke? I hear that the General Bob Lee is thinking about making a comeback.
Classic Recipes

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Apr 23, 2010
I told you guys we should
have traded up and drafted
Brady Quinn now he is a
superstar QB!

Now go and get Clausen or
you'll be dam!!
Minman

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Apr 23, 2010
I wonder how good some of these 1st pick QB's could have been, or could be, if they were drafted by a great football team? Instead they get stuck on the worst teams from the year before.
thissucks

Lakeville, MN

#10 Apr 23, 2010
Just a thought, but Sansevere pointed out that it's realistic to think the Vikes may be interested in Clausen, part of the reason being that St. Louis drafts at the #33 spot and they took a QB with their #1 pick overall. Clausen will be available at #34., and although Zygi has proven he's no cheapskate a 2nd rounder costs less than a 1st. With the added incentive of swapping 4th round picks, this was a very good move by the Vikes. Not knowing what their plans are, they still have the luxury of trading down.
DLV

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Apr 23, 2010
What about trading for Quinn now? I don't think he's been ruined yet. Even the mighty Farve didn't thrive on his first team.
Lyle

United States

#12 Apr 23, 2010
Brady Quinn I think he is the MVP in the Canadian league so Clausen and Tebow will have somebody too show them the ropes in a couple of years up there.
Phil

Hopkins, MN

#13 Apr 23, 2010
If there is a team wanting to trade up for Clausen, I wouldn't be surprised if the Vikings swapped picks again back a few spots or to the middle of the second round and in the process acquire an extra second-day draft pick this year or next in the process. That is if they have no interest in Clausen themselves. They should be able to find a serviceable OLG even with moving back a few spots. All of the better CB's are already taken so perhaps focus on that position in the third round and later--or next year--and concentrate on OL and DT for now.
whyamisocool

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Apr 23, 2010
Smell them turds, sniff sniff, my my jibroni, it smells like arron rodgers. Stinking up the field.
Lyle

United States

#15 Apr 23, 2010
you almost had it Phil DT and an athletic LT too push McKinnie too the bench or even better out of Minn. A G too push Herrera wouldn't hurt. I predict the Vikings move down again

Since: Mar 09

Saint Augustine, FL

#16 Apr 23, 2010
Fo God's sake choose the best player available at the time of your pick. Take Clausen or Kindle.
Tybalt

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Apr 23, 2010
if that guy's name wasn't "sergio" he would have gone in the first round...
CT Viking Fan

New Milford, CT

#18 Apr 23, 2010
Minman wrote:
I wonder how good some of these 1st pick QB's could have been, or could be, if they were drafted by a great football team? Instead they get stuck on the worst teams from the year before.
Geez. I could only imagine the list.
basketball jones

United States

#19 Apr 23, 2010
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IndyVikeFan

Fishers, IN

#20 Apr 23, 2010
The Vikings screwed this draft up from the start. They are stacked in later rounds where the draftees probably can't even make the team. We are now drafting for the scout team. They should have traded up to get a cover corner with speed. That pass rush doesn't intimidate nearly as much when the receivers have five yards separation from our corners. We needed to draft play makers in the secondary and we ended up with a slow guy.
Gerhart is a bruiser. We need someone who can make holes not another tailback trying to run over a defender that didn't get blocked. If they plan to use him as fullback it could be a very good add.

“clemens for president '20”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#21 Apr 23, 2010
Don't forget Edwards was a 4th round pick, Sullivan a 6th, Brinkley a 5th, Sanford a 7th. Still have time to grab some hidden talent.

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