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May 8-10 - NFL Draft
Here is the rundown so far:
#118 Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas: Often compared to Percy Harvin from a skill set standpoint, Wright offers some much needed speed to this offense and could end up being quite the playmaker. Expect to see him contribute most on special teams as a return man through his rookie season.
#128 Rhett Ellison, FB/TE, USC: Matt Kalil’s teammate at USC could end up trying to fill Jim Kleinsasser’s shoes as a versatile blocker, rounding out the depth chart at tight end. This could spell trouble for the many various fullbacks on this roster already.
#134 Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas: Apparently Rick Spielman was impressed with Arkansas’ receivers this year. Childs represents a very solid value here and could look to compete for a starting gig from the get-go. A real Height-Weight-Speed prospect that could end up dominating.
#139 Robert Blanton, CB/S, Notre Dame: Probably off the roster right away unless he transitions successfully to safety. Blanton, a teammate of Harrison Smith, is not going to blow anyone away physically but he has some experience and leadership abilities. I think this was a reach and he will struggle to find a roster spot as a special teams guy.
#175 Blair Walsh, K, Georgia: With Greg Zuerlin going just a few picks ahead of them, this pick smells like panic to me. Walsh had a horrible senior campaign and while I was a fan of finding a replacement for Ryan Longwell, I don’t have any confidence that Walsh can be that guy. A huge reach.
#210: Audie Cole, LB, North Carolina Sate: The Vikings got a lot of value here, as Cole could have gone much higher than this. He is a talented linebacker that, even from the seventh round, could provide competition with Jasper Brinkley. He has better range.
#219: Trevor Guyton, DE, Cal: It doesn’t seem like Guyton has a super high ceiling, but he could prove to be a solid depth player. A sure tackler with some burst off the line.
Tired of the long wait between Vikings selections? Well, get ready to roll!
The Vikings have the following nine picks in the remaining four rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft:
Fourth Round: 118, 128, & 134
Fifth Round: 138 & 139
Sixth Round: 175
Seventh Round: 210, 211, & 223
That’s a pretty impressive stockpile of picks that they can use to bolster what is already regarded to be a pretty solid draft class. They have two opportunities to make back-to-back picks which is always a fun twist during the Draft.
Now, I want to take a look at each position and what we might expect the Vikings to do at each one on the last day of the Draft. Also, I’ll name a few prospects that still remain and could be potential targets.
The Minnesota Capitol is hoping to adjourn the current session by Monday evening.
That means, in order for the Vikings to have a stadium bill passed this year, it will either have to happen very soon or be taken care of in a special session. Signs continue to point towards a vote taking place on the floor of both the House and the Senate before the deadline.
The latest news regarding the stadium bill is that a 7-6 vote narrowly let it escape the Senate Taxes Committee after some heated debate took place. Most of the squabbling centers on the sources of funding trying to be used, particularly the portions involving an increase of gambling.
It is possible that votes will come on the bill either Sunday or Monday.
Submitted to the official record, herein lies the transcript of our day two live chat.
It was a fun day and I appreciate everyone that attended.
Day three looks to have even more more action than the first two days combined!
After a Thursday that was all about the trades, Rick Spielman and the Vikings stayed patient with their lone second day pick.
At 66th overall, the Vikings decided to select Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson who weighs in at 5’ 10” and 199 pounds.
Robinson figures to fit in well as a zone coverage corner, with great speed and consistent tackling abilities. He has matched up real good against solid receivers in college, most notably A.J. Green.
He was the fastest of all players at the Scouting Combine and looked quite fluid in the other drills, too.
We will have more coming soon on this pick.