Tom Powers: How does this Vikings' dr...

Tom Powers: How does this Vikings' draft protect Favre?

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The Vikings' draft? Just give me a second to get into character ... "Twelve men in the huddle.

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Saint Croix Falls, WI

#1 Apr 24, 2010
It is about time someone recognizes the "12th-man" mistake as the reason the Vikings missed the SB...
Reality Checker

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Apr 24, 2010
Who are you going to put on the o-line? You're not replacing McKinnie, Hutchinson or Loadholt.

The questions last year were with Herrera and Sullivan. The highest rated guard and center prospects after the (steal) Griffen pick were all smaller than Herrera and Sullivan.

For whatever struggles Sullivan and Herrera had on the line last year, I can't see how getting smaller rookie linemen is going to help.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09


#3 Apr 24, 2010
Precisely, that is why Pouncey would have been a real good choice for the Vikes being able to play in place of or behind Herrera and/or Sullivan. Those other three are not going anywhere, at least not this season.
Reality Checker

Las Vegas, NV

#4 Apr 24, 2010
Lots of chatter from fans and writers alike that are unhappy with this draft, but to me it just seems like the Vikes were dealt a few bad hands and had to make the best of it by getting players who will at least make the roster.

CB's - going in, everyone guessed they'd have their choice of a top 3 or 4 prospect, but there was a hard run on CB's this year, and they missed out on the top 5. Every analyst says Cook is a good pick. Whether they reached a bit is another story, but having missed on 5 already, it wouldn't have been worth trying to trade down for an extra late round pick before taking Cook - what if they lost him too? They'd have come away empty handed at their biggest position of need.

Offensive line? The deep prospects this year were tackles, where the Vikes are set. The needed guard and center positions were not deep at all. There was only one center taken between the Pouncey and the fifth round, and the handful of guards either played from the left side (Hutchinson's spot), or were smaller than incumbent starter Herrera.

In recent drafts, they've done a great job taking advantage of some lucky breaks. This year, the personnel staff is really going to earn their paychecks for every rookie that makes the roster, as the only luck they got appears to be Griffen sliding to the 4th round. That, and the fact that rookies are going to have a harder time making what is now a more talented roster than they've had in years.
Reality Checker

Las Vegas, NV

#5 Apr 25, 2010
One more thing - the QB's.

Can't believe how the same fickle fans who love to criticize Childress for his T-Jack project were howling for the Vikes to draft ANOTHER project in this year's draft.

Scouts have almost unanimously said that there wasn't ONE SINGLE sure-fire franchise QB in this draft, not even Bradford with his bum shoulder. And Clausen? PLEASE. The Vikes weren't the only team to take a pass on him. 29 other teams did, too. That leaves only the Bears (who didn't pick until round 3), and the team that took him, the Panthers.

Interesting note on Carolina: After taking Clausen in the 2nd round, they proceeded to draft TWO MORE QB's - Armanti Edwards in the 3rd, and Tony Pike in the 6th. Who takes 3 QB's in one draft? It's obvious even they're not completely sold on him. I suspect they only grabbed him as an afterthought because he slid late, and represented a value pick.

It would be nice to have the Vikes' future franchise QB on the roster today, but if they draft a better quality prosepct from next year's class or pull another Jarred Allen-type mega-trade for a big time QB, NOBODY will be complaining that they passed on this year's group.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09


#6 Apr 25, 2010
Like you and other's have pointed out, next year's class has better QB prospects, plus that McNabb thing could be there although with the 'Skins trading Campbell that gets a little dicier now, plus maybe BF will play 2 more seasons, or maybe Jackson is finally ready, whatever happens it is this season that Vikes should be worried about, being built to win now and QB is a spot that they are fine at this season, cross that bridge next season-I agree, although I am real curious about McCOY, I hope he gets a chance to play this season and start a few games with Cleveland perhaps. I think he may have the right stuff.

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Apr 25, 2010
football has become very complicated, takes qbs years to learn the system and defenses.
Draft talent not position

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Apr 25, 2010
The idea that we should draft players in our areas of weakness is seriously misguided. We drafted AP, but we didn't need a running back. By the logic in this article we should have passed on him and taken a lineman. We have players on the roster who can play each and every position pretty well. The same is true for every team. What makes the difference is finding impact players. Drafting the best available safety just because we need an upgrade there is useless if its not going to be an upgrade. Talent should be the sole focus.

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Apr 25, 2010
Why not talk about Vikings going after Big Ben?

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#10 Apr 25, 2010
I usually enjoying ready your articles however you must not be versed too well in football. I think this draft was one of the better drafts in recent years. We upgraded our RB situation, I believe Tony is better than Chester right now. We used our later picks that will help us out on special teams. Im so happy they didnt strech for a jimmy clausen or colt mccoy. Im sure if the Vikes sign that OG that the Jets released that would please you.

Ormond Beach, FL

#11 Apr 25, 2010
great draft, Gerhart will be in top running for rookie of the year!

Indian Trail, NC

#12 Apr 25, 2010
Remember guys we're talking about a kid who graduated from Wake Forest not Florida State. He's an intelligent kid who has incredible athletic ability. He played LT his senior year and allowed 2 sacks all season. Not too bad for never having played tackle before. He has the skills and with pro level coaching will prove to be a steal in the fifth.

Windsor, Canada

#13 Apr 25, 2010
Thanks, Reality Checker, for the insight as to C/G availability in the draft. It makes sense. But Powers is right that something has to be done. In 2009, the C and RG performed poorly in run- and pass-blocking. If the Vikings can shore that up (by, e.g., signing Faneca), the Vikings offence should really kick some serious butt in 2010.

Thunder Bay, Canada

#14 Apr 25, 2010
Well, now the wheeling and dealing can start. There are lots of undrafted players out there now, and they can be signed to minimum contracts. Now that the team has addressed a few deficiencies in a few areas (most in depth), they can afford to look at a free agent signing in a specific area.

Bangkok, Thailand

#15 Apr 25, 2010
TorVikeFan wrote:
Thanks, Reality Checker, for the insight as to C/G availability in the draft. It makes sense. But Powers is right that something has to be done. In 2009, the C and RG performed poorly in run- and pass-blocking. If the Vikings can shore that up (by, e.g., signing Faneca), the Vikings offence should really kick some serious butt in 2010.
Agreed. Why not sign Faneca if they can get him?? Both him and McKinnie were both questionable pro-bowl selections, let the the two of them compete for a starting role. It will add depth at the least and a little competition.

Virginia Beach, VA

#16 Apr 25, 2010
It's all mute if Farve doesn't return,then it will read who will protect :Sage ,T-Jack,Joe Webb or Archer? Kinda just makes you exited for the up-comming season?

Watseka, IL

#17 Apr 25, 2010
Funny article, Tom; you're a good humorist as well as a good sportswriter. I was surprised too, that our team didn't go for a Guard a little sooner than the 5th round. The CB selection at the top of our picks was predictable, but not letting the o-line go so long without a choice. Maybe we'll get a good castoff from another team; it could happen if there's a salary dispute or personality clash somewhere at another NFL team. Skol Vikings.

Fort Atkinson, WI

#18 Apr 25, 2010
Look, the play here is that the OL will be improved by simply having a full off-season to heal and another year of experience together. It takes time for an OL to jell. The coaching staff is still highly suspect here in MN, and Powers is on the mark in calling them out on the 12 men thing. If they miss the mark on protecting Favre, they should be shown the door. That means Childress, first and foremost. Had Favre not come here, he may already have been out. This is THE year in every single way possible--Super Bowl hopes, stadium, coaching staff, Favre's final mark on the league. It's gotta happen this year...and it all starts where it ended last year. That's New Orleans. We owe 'em one.

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

#19 Apr 25, 2010
Finally wrote:
It is about time someone recognizes the "12th-man" mistake as the reason the Vikings missed the SB...
The 12th man error by the coaches was the absolute turning point in that game. That 5 yd. penalty changed momentum, changed the play call and led to the eventual outcome. There is no guaranty that Longwell would have made the FG, but that unforced error never gave him a chance.

United States

#20 Apr 25, 2010
Why does everyone keep saying we should go after Faneca? You are aware that he is a LEFT guard correct? Correct me if I am wrong but Hutch is our LG; furthermore, a couple of years ago this same discussion came up after the Steelers released Faneca. The reason we didn't take Alan is he can't play RIGHT guard that well. If we sign him he will just end up playing backup to Hutch because there is no way Alan will beat Steve for the starting job.

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