While the Vikings made an unexpected run at the playoffs I embarked on a quest to provide grades to each of Rick Spielman’s offseason moves to help us understand what happened, how it worked out, and what we might have to look forward to this coming offseason.
The part about free agency can be found by clicking here. Meanwhile, you can click here to see my grades for the first picks of the 2012 Draft. Now, we move into the lower half of the 2012 Draft to see exactly how things played out.
4.39 Greg Childs, WR: The Vikings wanted to pair up Childs with fellow Arkansas teammate Jarius Wright, hoping to jump start their passing game by infusing some youthful talent. Unfortunately, that strategy got derailed when Childs suffered a freak injury during the preseason. He tore both of his patellar tendons in one shot and his rookie season was over before it began.
Injuries caused Childs to fall to the fourth round which has some critics pointing out that you cannot expect much more when you take a guy with red flags about his health. No NFL player has ever returned from this injury, but Childs remains devoted to his rehabilitation and sounds very confident that he will.
The Vikings got no production out of this selection in 2012 after an impressive training camp, but there may still be some hope for the future.