With news of CB Lito Sheppard signing with the Vikings late Wednesday afternoon, new speculation has begun on who the Vikings will select with the 30th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The strong consensus among draft pundits before the Sheppard signing was that the Vikings would select a CB in the 1st round due to the fact that Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield are recovering from injuries and may not be available for the start of the 2010 season. Signing Sheppard has indeed alleviated concerns with the Purple’s secondary and now has draftniks re-evaluating the Vikings 1st round selection.
Will they take a QB to mold under the tutelage of Brett Favre? Will they select a LB or defensive lineman to bolster the defensive front? Or will they draft another CB to add depth to a newly beefed-up secondary?
What I take from this signing is that it gives the Vikings more ammunition to acquire what they really want with their 1st overall selection.
The Vikings are a team built to win this season. With a solid core of players on the current roster, the Vikings could possibly use pick #30 to trade down with another team. Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman mentioned yesterday in the pre-draft press conference that they are not going to reach for a player to simply fill a position, but rather take the best available player on their board.
I mention that the Vikings could trade down mainly on the basis of all the hype surrounding Florida QB Tim Tebow. I don’t see the Vikings taking Tebow in the 1st round, but if he is still available when it comes time for the Vikings selection, they could trade with another team that really wants the former Heisman Trophy winner.
This year’s crop of defensive players runs deep in many different positions and trading down to gain possibly another 2nd round pick wouldn’t hurt. I could be wrong here. This is just one blogger’s opinion on yet another exciting offseason move.
What do you take from the signing in regard to the Vikings 1st overall selection? Share your thoughts in the comments section below this entry.
Also, be sure to check out vikings.com’s 1st ever Mock Draft and voice your opinion.
Tags: Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, Rick Spielman
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