Rumor Has it The Vikings Preferred Will Fuller Or Josh Doctson
The coverage of the National Football League has changed a lot, even in the eight years that I’ve been publishing my own thoughts on the Vikings, and some of those changes make things more engaging and some annoy the heck out of me.
One of the aspects that annoys me is the annual onslaught of hot takes, amateur body language experts, and unlicensed private investigators that suddenly materialize following an NFL Draft selection such as last night’s pick of wide receiver Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick.
Minnesota’s selection of Treadwell has left no shortage of writers, professional and otherwise, arriving to a foggy conclusion that he was not their top choice at the receiver position. The narrative feels very familiar because it echos conversations that took place after the Vikings were successful in drafting Teddy Bridgewater instead of Johnny Manziel two years ago.
Some have drawn this conclusion based on language used during Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer’s post-selection press conference last night. Some may have heard rumblings about how receivers coach George Stewart felt about another prospect. Others may simply consider Teddy Bridgewater’s and Treadwell’s skill sets to be a mismatch. Some may even just be speculating, feeling duped by pre-Draft smoke, or trying to make a prediction seem slightly more accurate. Perhaps it is even a combination of the above.
I don’t know if the Vikings had Treadwell as their top receiver. I don’t know if they didn’t. What I think I know, however, is that it doesn’t really matter.