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In Hindsight, Vikings Draft Vision Was 20-20

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 16, 2009 – 11:28 am

Though it’s an exercise with no practical purpose, one can’t help but enjoy it. SI.com’s Don Banks has published his annual re-do of the NFL Draft.

They say hindsight is always 20-20, but in terms of judging 1st-round talent during the 2009 NFL Draft, it looks as if the Vikings foresight was pretty good, too.

In Banks’ piece, he re-picks the entire 1st round using what we currently know about this year’s rookie class. And the results show that the Vikings personnel department was on the money last April.

Banks has both WR Percy Harvin, selected 22nd overall by the Vikings, and OT Phil Loadholt, selected 54th overall by the Vikings, going among the first 6 picks, with Harvin going to Kansas City at #3 and Loadholt going to the Bengals at #6.

With both Harvin and Loadholt off the board at pick #22, Banks has the Vikings taking DT B.J. Raji with their 1st round pick. The Vikings would’ve received great value with Raji at #22.

A few more thoughts on Banks’ re-draft:

– He has Bills S Jairus Byrd going to Houston at #15, which is a bit too high in my opinion. Byrd, who has 9 INTs and 45 tackles in his first NFL season, would’ve been a good pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars at #8 or for the Bills at #11.
— The Lions switch their pick from QB Matthew Stafford to OT Michael Oher in the re-draft, which allows the St. Louis Rams to select Stafford at #2 instead of OT Jason Smith.
— The Jets (Mark Sanchez at #5), Broncos (Knowshon Moreno at #12), Buccaneers (Josh Freeman at #17) and Lions (Brandon Pettigrew at #20) all wind up with the same player they selected back in April.
— The Raiders go with Michael Crabtree at #7 instead of Darrius Heyward-Bey.
— Minnesota native James Laurinaitis goes to the Eagles at #19 instead of the Rams in the 2nd round.


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5 Responses to “In Hindsight, Vikings Draft Vision Was 20-20”

  1. By Jon on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    Percy and Phil are awesome thus far. Also Asher, Jasper and Jamarca ‘Mon’ look like the real deal. That being said, it takes 2-4 years to officially grade a draft. In 07 (which was great too netting us Adrian, Sticky, Robison and the infamous letting Thigpen walk) we had great first impressions of McCauley and Allison, both of which have bounced around the league. Let’s give this some time and enjoy the ride.

  2. By vikingsfan1955 on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    we have to give chilly credit for great draft choices in the last couple of yrs we also have to consider that ap was consider a risk because of his shoulder injury in college.Loadholt and harin put us over the top along with the addition of favre.We can contend for a few yrs with the team we now have and even some won’t agree I think learning from favre will make t-jack and sage better and ready to go.

  3. By rap99 on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    havin also dropped due to the herbal jazz cigs!

  4. By PurplePeopleEater on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    It’s awesome to see that we’re graded with 2 top-ten quality drafts, espescially coming from picks #22 and #54 respectively. I think that it has a lot more to do with how the coaching staff has brought these guys along than their skills alone. I doubt that they’d be receiving nearly so much respect had they gone to most other teams in the NFL.

    With that said, the other rookies have also shown some good promise as each of them has been needed in a starting role at some point in the season. This bodes both towards an excellent eye for talent, and supurb coaching style to bring these rookies to all perform well in their first year in the league.

  5. By NFL draft on Dec 18, 2009 | Reply

    Here is a old news:
    It was fluky enough for two N.F.L. teams to be undefeated this late in the season, but even more fluky that the Indianapolis Colts’ and the New Orleans Saints’ Week 15 games were scheduled to be shown within three days on the NFL Network.
    The Colts beat the Jaguars, 35-31, on Thursday night, and improved to 14-0. The Saints will face the Cowboys on Saturday night.

    Have a good time.

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