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Sansevere: Darrisaw pick is as concerning as trade from 14 was just plain bad [EXCLUSIVE]

The Vikings get too cute yet again, possibly to their continued peril

The other day, I wrote about the importance of drafting players who have plenty of heart, whose competitive nature burns white hot.

Note: You can read that article HERE.

And then the Vikings drafted offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw, who is huge in stature at 6-5, 322 pounds but might just have a minuscule heart.

Over on the nfl.com website, the first weakness listed for Darrisaw is alarming: “Play can be much too nonchalant at times.”

The second weakness also is alarming: “Inexplicably lets opponents off the hook early rather than finishing them.”

In the nfl.com overview of Darrisaw, it says he “gives half-hearted effort securing down blocks and squeezing down to help protect the B-gap.”

Now, Randy Moss used to be nonchalant and give half-hearted effort on plays when he knew the ball wasn’t headed in his direction. As a wide receiver, he could get away with it.

A left tackle has to be full of competitiveness and heart on every play or his quarterback could be turned into mulch.

This is a concern, a huge one, that won’t be tamped down until Darrisaw proves he doesn’t occasionally slip into slouch mode.

If Darrisaw can flip that competitive switch so that it stays on for every play, he will be remembered as a good pick and nobody will think Rick Spielman got fleeced in the trade out of the 14th overall pick.

I like Spielman. I really do. I have found him to be a decent guy. I am not, however, enamored with his skill set as an NFL general manager.

He botched this draft way back at start of the 2020 season when he traded, among other picks, the Vikings’ second-round choice for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. That would have been fine if Spielman hadn’t turned him into a very short-term rent-a-player.

Immediately after trading the 14th pick to the New York Jets, the assumption was that the Vikings were getting the 23rd overall pick and a second rounder.

Nope. The Jets gave the Vikings a couple of third-round picks. And besides the 14th overall pick, the Vikings shipped a fourth-round pick to the Jets.

This was a lopsided trade, and it didn’t lop on the side of the Vikings.

With that 14th pick from the Vikings, the Jets drafted the best guard in the draft, Alijah Vera-Tucker. No issues with nonchalent play with him.

Why Spielman didn’t keep the 14th pick and select Vera-Tucker is bewildering. Then again, so is trading a second-round pick for Ngakoue and then dumping him a few weeks later.

Bob Sansevere hosts “The BS Show,” a daily podcast also broadcast on radio stations in Duluth (KDAL), Hibbing (WNMT) and St. Cloud (WBHR).

Bob Sansevere

Bob Sansevere hosts a daily podcast, The BS Show, which also is broadcast on radio stations in Duluth (KDAL), Hibbing (WNMT) and St. Cloud (WBHR). He also writes occasional columns for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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Nunyobiz
Nunyobiz
8 days ago

you are ridiculous with this take

Biglar
Biglar
8 days ago

According to most observers the trade terms were more than fair, with the Vikings clearly coming out ahead. And if they ended up with the player they wanted anyway, it was an unalloyed victory.

It’s pretty easy to criticize some random observation from a scout, but if Darrisaw was the highest graded tackle in the draft, this supposed “nonchalance” clearly wasn’t impacting his overall play.

zig
zig
8 days ago

why is this article even here?

Bobby
Bobby
8 days ago

To the author of this article (Joe Johnson…whoever that is lol),

You a troll or just absolutely clueless?

Brian
Brian
8 days ago

I’ve always found Sansevere and Joe Johnson to be clueless. I’ve seen better, more insightful articles from High School reporters

Joe
Joe
8 days ago

Truly pathetic attempt at getting clicks.
Sad.

Ryan
Ryan
8 days ago

Don’t quit your day job you tool, and I really hope this isn’t your main source of income.

Mathew Allen Thompson
Mathew Allen Thompson
8 days ago

The only thing “concerning ” is that someone pays you to write this nonsense. The idea that the Vikings were on the losing end of this trade has no basis in lived reality. Bob must have forgotten to take his meds this morning. Go home Bob.

Michael DAVIS
Michael DAVIS
8 days ago

Sansevere: This writer and article is just plain bad!

Jay
Jay
8 days ago

Yeah I dunno man. By every draft pick value chart, the Vikings won the Jets trade here. Like seriously, they assign a value to each pick, and the Vikings came out net positive with what they gave up and what they gained. Darrisaw was the BPA and a position of need at 14. So even if they were to have pulled a stick and pick this would still be a B by any stretch of the imagination. However, they basically got two 3rd round picks for a 4th, which is a no brainer because they could literally pick whoever they would have in the 4th round twice with these 3rd round picks if they wanted (but they won’t because they will get two better players than what they would have in the 4th). I think someone is inventing reasons to have a problem with Spielman. Face it, this was a homerun there is no way around it.

Last edited 8 days ago by Jay
Dwk
Dwk
8 days ago

I’ll bet Cousins appreciates having a huge lineman protecting him and not some short armed stiff from USC.

Brian Krousey
Brian Krousey
8 days ago

I think this is the only person that thinks the Vikings got fleeced. Almost every article I read gave the Vikings an A, plus the picks they got in exchange were 40 percent more than they should have gotten in value. This guy must just hate Spielman. Clearly not objective

Sam
Sam
8 days ago

Don’t quit your day job Joe. This is a rant for your diary and highlights your lack of spots knowledge

Tony
Tony
8 days ago

Spoken like a true idiot. Retire or better yet write about another team. Your take on this trade is ridiculous.

True Hearts Purple Heads
True Hearts Purple Heads
8 days ago

Every pick is a crap shoot. I prefer to wait to see the kid actually play b4 Labelling him a bust. despite this reporter’s focus on “red flags” many of these same PROFESSIONAL talent evaluators had the kid ranked as a top 18 prospect in the entire draft. Vikes got him at 23 AND got 2 extra 3rd picks. Seems like a pretty competent piece of gm’ing to me.

Mulatu
Mulatu
8 days ago

I agree he got fleeced, he should have gotten a 2nd and not given up the 4th. But Darrisaw can be molded into a legit talent, no doubt. Problem is, Zimmer is a massive idiot and Dennison is whack. Your cynicism is accurate and on point.

Dano
Dano
8 days ago

worst article and take ive taken on the vikes draft selection. Yeah…you say Tucker now, but you would have written the same b.s. negative article. Vikes got a solid LT that they traded back to make happen.

RhettFavre
RhettFavre
8 days ago

Bobbing for clicks

Bartolo
Bartolo
7 days ago

I agree with all comments this guy doesn’t know what he is talking about. Rick knows what he is doing. The vikings came out on top in my opinion.

Duane McGraw
Duane McGraw
Reply to  Bartolo
5 days ago

If Rick knew what he was doing we wouldn’t have been going into every offseason with severe OL issues.. Maybe he finally got the IOL right a little but there’s still work to be done.. Cleveland wasn’t great at guard and Davis has to prove it.

jonesey
jonesey
7 days ago

do not understand the vikings need to draft off linemen and then switch their position.
stay at 14 and draft vera tucker. no questions whatsoever about his ability, plus, he can play guard and tackle!
place ezra in the position he player his entire college career and played it very successfully……….left tackle.
then trade up and get bashem jr instead of a back up qb that hopefully will not see the field.
we had a chance to be very good next year. however, we took depth players!

Andrew Prill
Andrew Prill
7 days ago

Is he though because look at what the bears gave up to move up they gave up next year’s first-round even we didn’t get nothing close to that

BleedPurple
BleedPurple
7 days ago

You are clueless!
We also got Mond and Davis in that deal.

Jon tatler
6 days ago

Sansevere, you’re an idiot on this one.
And shame on Vikings Territory for even allowing such drivel onto their site.
Is the post draft news a bit too slow for you?

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