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.
Tags: Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt
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