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Covet Thy Neighbor’s Draft Picks

As a whole, the Minnesota Vikings 2016 draft class is getting positive enough marks from the fan base, as evidenced by our totally scientific polling features from this weekend. ┬áIf our readers had any reservations about the choices made by the Vikings it seemed to center around the players they didn’t take.

One theme that bordered on trend throughout the three-day event was the conversation centering on players that were selected directly in front of the Vikings, or directly after, and how a significant portion of the fans seemed to covet those players to a great degree.

For this week’s “Poll of the Week” feature I thought it would be fun to actually compare and contrast three different sets of draft classes.

  1. The players selected by the Vikings.
  2. The players selected right before each Vikings pick.
  3. The players selected right after each Vikings pick.

At the very least, it will be interesting to note if either class is actually found to be preferable to the real Minnesota Vikings 2016 draft class.

Was it just a figment of our imagination or did fan-favorite targets get consistently scooped up by the teams next to us? We’ve lined them up to take a close look.

Here they are:

22. WR Josh Doctson23. WR Laquon Treadwell24. CB William Jackson
53. LB Su'a Cravens 54. CB Mackensie Alexander55. WR Tyler Boyd
120. DT David Onyemata121. OL Willie Beavers122. DT Andrew Billings
159. S K.J. Dillon160. LB Kentrell Brothers161. G Christian Westerman
179. P Drew Kaser180. WR Moritz Boehringer181. LB Tyrone Holmes
187. QB Nate Sudfeld188. TE David Morgan189. CB Anthony Brown
226. DE Jonathan Woodard227. LB Stephen Weatherly228. P Riley Dixon
243. WR Kenny Lawler244. S Jayron Kearse245. S Clayton Fejedelem

So, I think you’ll agree that looking down these lists raise some interesting questions. And we are generally curious which of the three draft “classes” you would have most preferred to see as the Vikings haul.

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  1. Could make the argument for both Billings and Westerman, let’s hope Beavers isn’t the worsterman, and the Redskins took two guys Watson and Cravens I was pumped about. In Rick we trust

    1. I’ll agree, to me the worst pick in the entire draft was beavers. I don’t think he’ll make the roster as a 4th round pick. I wouldn’t have taken him in the 7th

  2. It was a surprise to see Billings fall where he did. But I think the Vikings wanted to see what Sparano can do in developing young talent. The punter Drew Kaser probably went sooner than expected. I can not see drafting a punter if you think Jeff Locke is better. It would be a wasted draft pick if he did not make the team. Boehringer will be fun to watch, but probably wishful thinking. Those would be the only two question marks I have about the draft.

  3. The only guys I was genuinely upset about was Doctson getting taken before us and passing on Billings. I really hope Billings we dont regret passing on Billings or not trading up to take Doctson.

  4. The only pick I hated was the Boehringer pick when DeAndre Houston-Carson (pick 185) was still on the board.He’d be an instant upgrade over Sendejo and is a good special teamer.
    I know a lot of fans dislike the Beavers pick,but I’m willing to let that one go as Spielman said Beavers is a “Sporano guy”,and I think the new OL coach deserves to succeed or fail with guys that he likes.

  5. I’ll admit it, I wanted Josh Doctson and would still love to have him on the team.

  6. I was torn the week leading up to the draft between Treadwell & Doctson, but I can’t to the conclusion that either of them works be fine by me. The one thing that had me leaning towards Treadwell was that he is only 20 and Doctson is already 24. That to me says Treadwell still has room to improve while Doctson very well might already be at his ceiling.
    Think about this… By the time they both are at the 5 year mark for contact renewal Doctson will almost be 30, while Treadwell still be still only 25.
    I think there Vikings got the better of the 2.

  7. Would have preferred Billings over Beavers and then gone Westerman in the 5th. I also wonder about Myles Jack in the first.

  8. Would trade beavers for billings and kaser for brothers. I like beavers and brothers but o line is already too crowded and kaser would really help the special teams. Plus i like kendricks in middle with lamur, e robinson, b watts, or cole on the weakside.

  9. Wow. Good draft !!! Billings ??? I wanted him to be a Viking ? But we got several new players with a few new coaches ? I got to have faith in Zimmer. I have been a Viking fan for almost 50 years. I like what i have seen last year. This team is young and having Zimmer coach this team , were heading in the right direction. Superbowl is a possibility. I believe we can get there this year. 13 and 3 record i see. Men , boys, enjoy this year , Were going to win the Superbowl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Matt.