Who else was surprised the Vikings waited until their last pick in the most recent NFL draft to pick a safety? After months of speculation the Vikings would add to their depth alongside Harrison Smith early in the draft, Rick Spielman was seemingly content waiting for the right moment.
When the Vikings did add Jayron Kearse in the 7th round, the pick seemed to make more sense. Kearse, formerly of Clemson, has the athletic tool set and size to fit in at the NFL level. However, like other 7th round draftees, there are enough question marks about Kearse’s game that 243 players were drafted before him.
There might not have been a bigger proponent of Kearse in the war room than head coach Mike Zimmer, who reportedly ‘pounded the table’ in order to make his desire to see Kearse in purple known.
Very few will question Zimmer’s ability to identify talent, so what kind of player did the Vikings get in Kearse? Let’s take a look: