In a Draft that seemed about as predictable as the Powerball numbers from this week’s drawing, there was little I felt comfortable declaring as a true prediction. At the very least, most of my Draft-related predictions came with a transparent lack of conviction that should have been an obvious signal to readers that I was feeling unsure on about every level about how the event would play out.
I made sure to let you know that I felt absolutely no confidence in the final version of my mock draft. It was for good reason, too. I ended up matching only one prospect to the correct NFL team in the whole damn thing. If the Colts hadn’t selected defensive end Bjoern Werner, I would have gotten a big old goose egg on the mock draft front.
Even though I had been predicting for a long time that the Vikings would select linebacker Manti Te’o if he was available, I went out of my way to chastise 1500 ESPN writer Patrick Reusse for making an absurd claim prior to the Draft.
“It is a 100 percent certainty that the Vikings will wind up with Te’o,” wrote Reusse in a column that has been long forgotten by most readers and for which he will never be held accountable for, not that he should be.
Outside of betting Brett ten thousand dollars, at one point, that Dee Milliner would not go to the Jaguars #2 overall (waiting for that check, Brett) I just wasn’t feeling real sure about anything regarding the Draft. I was always astonished, given the nature of this year’s class, how many people were willing to use absolutes in discussing what was going to happen on Draft Weekend.
There was one thing, however, that should have surprised absolutely nobody. I had been predicting it with conviction all offseason long and took every opportunity possible to bring it up in talking with Vikings fans. I was even spouting off about it during all three days of our live Draft Chat this weekend.
I was 100% positively, unequivocally certain the Vikings would replace punter Chris Kluwe in this Draft.