The Vikings first depth chart of the 2013 season, released yesterday at Vikings.com, features few surprises and is pretty much what most expected.
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This fairy tale seemed more like a nightmare back on March 11th when playmaker Percy Harvin’s glass slippers were left behind in exchange for three draft picks. Credit GM Rick Spielman for turning a pumpkin patch full of draft picks into a magical New York night that not only landed the Vikings two defensive gems but also uncovered Cinderella in the process.
Cordarrelle Patterson, the 29th overall pick also known as “Flash”, is a fan favorite in Mankato. His golden colored dreadlocks hanging from under his purple helmet is a camp fashion highlight even a story book princess would envy. Patterson’s dynamic athletic highlights on the practice field are also wowing the eye of the beholders in Minnesota. Between his one handed grabs and his incredible ability to change direction and make defenders look silly, fans have plenty of reasons to cheer and not give another thought to Percy Harvin.
Spoiler Alert: Barring injury (or murder charges), Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson are guaranteed spots on the opening day roster for the Vikings. Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright may not have the same amount of security as those two guys, as the Vikings have invested considerably less in them, but they also seem close to “locks” for opening day.
That leaves a whopping eight wide outs vying for a remaining one, or maybe two, roster spots. Watching the depth chart at receiver shake out as training camp progresses should be quite entertaining. Whether it is evaluating Joe Webb’s chances in his new(ish) position, tracking Greg Childs and his progress in his comeback attempt, following local boy Adam Thielen, or simply waiting for someone to unexpectedly emerge, the battle for those last spots will provide plenty of intrigue.
So, I want to hear from you. How will this all end up? The poll below allows for you to select as many receivers as you like. Check the box if you think the player will survive through the final roster cuts. Keep in mind, however, the Vikings are likely only going to keep five or six wide outs.
While other teams are dealing with murder scandals and bare-assed quarterbacks, Leslie Frazier’s Vikings are keeping things pretty quiet these days, which is every bit as important as it is boring. Still, despite being in witching hour of the NFL offseason, there are some interesting notes from around the web to bring to your attention:
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Jerry Jones is known for being a business guru and one of the most tenacious, and invasive, owners the NFL has ever seen. For some reason, though, the Dallas Cowboys have become somewhat of a joke (loving this sentence so far) and the latest episode involves yet another leak of their draft board. The folks at Blogging The Boys managed to decrypt the background of some photos and reveal a full seven-round draft board in the Cowboys war room.
The results show, among other things, that the selection of center Travis Frederick was indeed a reach by their own assessment which solidifies reports that the pick was a contentious one between various members of the team’s brass. The Cowboys have Frederick with a second round grade, according to the report, and the Cowboys selected him at #31 after trading backwards with the Niners. Five players that they graded as first round prospects were available to them at #18 and they could have had their pick of the bunch had they not traded down.
The other items you might find most interesting about this revelation are where the Vikings selections stacked up on the Dallas board. Sharrif Floyd was not only their highest ranked defensive tackle, but he was ranked as the fifth best player in this class. Wide out Cordarrelle Patterson was also the highest ranked at his position and came in at 13th overall for the ‘Boys. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was their second highest cornerback and they had him at 11th overall.
That means that the Vikings, who never owned a pick higher than 23rd this year, managed to get three prospects on their roster that were in the top 13 on the Dallas draft board. Meanwhile, the Cowboys went into the event with the 18th selection, and managed to get zero players that they had graded out as first rounders.
To top it off, the Cowboys had third round grades on both linebacker Gerald Hodges and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, whom the Vikings nabbed in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively.
The Vikings and Cowboys have a long and bitter history, with the Vikings a lot more bitter than the Cowboys, so these are the little pleasures we have to enjoy from time to time. According to Jerry Jones’ draft board itself, we got ourselves three franchise players in the Draft, and unlike the Cowboys of the 90′s we didn’t have to deal away our star running back to do it.
Up next is Tennessee wide out Cordarrelle Patterson who we identified as a possible Vikings target back in January. Shortly after that article came about, Patterson began to skyrocket in terms of his perceived draft stock. Despite growing concerns about his lack of experience, football intelligence, and general maturity, Patterson remained near the top of his class and was one of only three wide outs selected in the first round.
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 216 pounds
Arm Length: 31 3/4″
If Patterson’s game tape hadn’t caught the attention of NFL front offices, then his performance at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine should have done the trick. Despite his size, Patterson was clocked as the sixth fastest wide out in the forty yard dash. He also tied for the fifth highest vertical jump and the sixth longest broad jump. As was expected to be the case, however, Patterson’s athleticism could not mask some inconsistencies in the positional drills.
Forty: 4.42 seconds
Vertical Jump: 37″
Broad Jump: 128″
The Vikings were among the teams that met with Patterson at the Combine, and there are mixed reports about how well his interviews went, but we do know that he scored an “11″ on the Wonderlic test which has led to the “dumb” label being applied often and heavily by anyone with access to the internet. Patterson, however refuses to accept that label and has a simple answer for why we shouldn’t be concerned about it.
“You can’t judge anything on the Wonderlic,” Patterson said plainly. “That has nothing to do with football.”
Keyshawn Johnson also scored an 11 on the Wonderlic, prior to being the #1 overall pick of the 1996 NFL Draft, and he came to Patterson’s defense prior to the Draft.
“If somebody is using the Wonderlic to determine if a player can play football, then the scouting department needs to be checked,” Johnson said. ”…But I played 11 years, and was always accused of being one of the smartest players on the team.”