To shake things up a little this weekend I decided to solicit questions from the audience for the first time in a long time. As the Draft approaches, there is always an increase in questions from those that for some reason find this hack blogger’s opinion to be relevant, and I wanted to give the opportunity to ask as many as possible before the pre-Draft craziness fully sets in. Below are the results.
There have been some recent questions about our tradition of our Draft Weekend Live Chat and whether it will live on in 2013.
Our normal software avenue has decided to start charging for their services. They are now charging by the number of readers that use the live chat services and VT has really started to take off recently, which is a great problem to have, and we expect thousands of people to visit our site on Draft Weekend. This means it could be a pretty expensive proposition for this little blog to consider.
Still, Brett and I are currently evaluating alternatives, and we are sure to come up with something.
One of our loyal readers very generously offered to set up a chat room for us here at VT free-of-charge and we’ve been testing it out. There are some pros and cons to it, and it won’t look as slick as what you’ve grown used to, but I think it will get the job done. Stay tuned!
A number of people asked about us updating our mock drafts and releasing some sort of positional rankings prior to the Draft.
Yes, my mock will be updated at least once (probably more) prior to the draft taking place. I’m hoping to find the time to add a second round fairly soon, as well.
I am also working on creating a VT-unique “Big Board” of about 300 players. Last year Brett worked hard to make our Big Board update somewhat instantly as the Draft progressed, crossing off players as they were selected on Draft Weekend. Preferably we’ll be able to get something like that together again. That’s the goal.
Okay, now onto some more interesting questions. SKOL12 wanted to know what type of defensive tackle the Vikings are in need of. Do they need a big run stuffer, and athletic pass rusher, or someone a little more balanced?
I think it is clear that the Vikings don’t have a massive run stuffer and could benefit from grabbing one like John Jenkins or Jesse Williams. Given the age, possible regression, and heavy cap hit of Kevin Williams I also can’t see the downside of drafting a very well balanced defensive tackle like Sylvester Williams. With the Vikings defense struggling greatly against mobile quarterbacks last season, and about 10 of them on the schedule this season, getting more athletic in the middle of the defense needs to be a priority, as well, which is why a guy like Sheldon Richardson appeals to me so much.
Ideally, Letroy Guion and Christian Ballard can step up to the plate in 2013, and Kevin Williams regains some of his previous spark. That might be a lot to bank on, however, and the Vikings need to add some competition via the Draft regardless of the type of lineman they are eyeballing.
Reader SB wants to know if trading up into the late teens to grab Sheldon Richardson would appeal to me if it only costs a fourth or fifth rounder to pull off.
Yes! I consider Richardson to be a special talent and any team in that range will be interested in him. It will likely cost a lot more than that to move up in the first round, but if this deal presented itself I would certainly move up and get my guy.