Obviously, the main concern the Vikings are faced with for the 2010 season is at the QB position – will the “Silver Fox” (as Jared Allen named Brett Favre) return for a 20th season in the NFL? This question may not be answered until early September, so, a more prevalent current concern the Vikings must solve for the 2010 season is the back-up RB.
Chester Taylor will be a free agent, thus giving him the option to sign with another team. If the 9-year veteran is not re-signed, it would leave a large gap to fill behind All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson.
The Vikings have the 30th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft and could select a CB, given that Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield are currently plagued with injuries – but with the possibility of Taylor no longer standing behind Peterson, the Vikings will certainly consider drafting a RB.
With top-prospects such as C.J. Spiller (Clemson), Jahvid Best (California) and Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech) most likely to be drafted in the 1st and early-2nd rounds, the Vikings would be looking for a reliable 3rd-down back that has proven capability to catch balls out of the backfield – just as Taylor provided.
USC’s RB Joe McKnight could quite possibly be the best fit for replacing Taylor (if he’s gone). McKnight has all the qualities that the Vikings would be looking for – he’s a talented runner and a very capable pass-catcher. Just this past season, McKnight caught 22 passes for 146 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per reception. Those numbers fall a little short of Taylor’s ‘09 campaign – 44 receptions for 389 yards, averaging 8.8 yards per reception – but they are also skewed by the fact that McKnight played in 13 games compared to Taylor’s 16.
Certainly, there are many different factors that may possibly make McKnight unavailable for the Vikings 62nd overall pick, but if the situation calls for it, McKnight would be a great fit in the Vikings backfield.
Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, Chester Taylor
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