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Cook, Gerhart Decide On Jersey Numbers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 7:59 pm

I’m sure that once you’re drafted by an NFL team there are a lot of decisions to be made.

And although I’m not sure this would qualify as one of the more important decisions, it’s a fun one to report nonetheless.

Vikings 2nd round picks Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart have decided on jersey numbers. Cook will wear #31 and Gerhart will wear #32. Note that these numbers are subject to change.


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Gerhart Selection Gives Vikings Options, Competition At #2 RB

Posted by cjsiewert on April 23, 2010 – 7:06 pm

The Vikings traded up with the Houston Texans for the 51st overall pick in the 2nd round to grab former Stanford RB Toby Gerhart in exchange for their 2nd (#62) and 3rd (#93) round picks.

When the Vikings lost Chester Taylor to the Chicago Bears in free agency, many Vikings fans became uneasy with the #2 RB spot. Questions started to circulate on whether they would pick up a free agent, turn to youngsters Albert Young, Ian Johnson or James Johnson, look to newly-converted WR-to-RB Darius Reynaud or select a top-notch RB in the draft.

Speculate no more, the Vikings have added Gerhart via the draft.

The addition of Gerhart will give the Vikings more options to work with at the backup RB position. Standing behind Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, the Vikings now have Gerhart, Ian Johnson, James Johnson, Reynaud and Young. The offseason workouts and training camp will ultimately prove who will earn the Purple’s backup RB role or they may prove to offer a backup RB role by committee.

Along with giving the Vikings options at the #2 RB position, the addition of Gerhart will provide a healthy competition between the current core of RBs.

A couple interesting notes on Gerhart…
— He is the 1st RB chosen by the Vikings since Adrian Peterson in 2007.
— He is the 9th player selected by the Vikings from Stanford and the 1st since DT Willie Howard was selected in the 2nd round (57thoverall) in the 2001 NFL Draft.

Check back here on vikings.com to watch on-demand versions press conferences featuring Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman and Head Coach Brad Childress.


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Vikings Trade Up, Grab Gerhart

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 5:40 pm

In typical Rick Spielman fashion, the Vikings have moved up in the 2nd round to grab a player they had targeted.

After addressing their secondary with their first 2nd round pick earlier in the day, the Vikings used their second 2nd round pick on Heisman Trophy runner-up RB Toby Gerhart.

To move up to pick #51 overall to grab Gerhart, the Vikings sent Houston their 2nd round pick (#62 overall) and their 3rd round selection. We’ll have more on this selection very soon right here on vikings.com so stick with us.


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Cook Selection Adds More Depth To Secondary

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 5:01 pm

The Vikings selected former Virginia DB Chris Cook with the 34th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. It was the Vikings 1st pick of this year’s draft and it is 1 of 2 second round picks the Vikings had entering Friday after making a trade with the Detroit Lions at the end of the 1st round on Thursday night.

It’s the 2nd time in 3 days the Vikings have added depth to their secondary – they signed free agent CB Lito Sheppard earlier in the week to bolster a CB position that will see starters Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield return from injury in 2010.

Cook has a nice blend of size – 6-2, 212 pounds – and speed, and perhaps his greatest attribute is position flexibility. Various scouting reports indicate Cook can play both CB and S. I’ve also read in some scouting reports that Cooks is a very physical defender who has quick hands and had a strong senior season and strong performance during practices at the Senior Bowl.

To this point I’ve seen plenty of negative feedback with this pick, but I’d urge fans to use caution in doing so. Often times this criticism is rooted in unfamiliarity and certainly in this instance the criticism also comes from the fact that many fans wanted the Vikings to take QB Jimmy Clausen.

The selection of Cook addresses a need the Vikings had entering the draft – CB – and it gives them a player who will likely play multiple positions and also has a skill set that will allow him to contribute on special teams.

A few other interesting notes on Cook…
— He is the 1st University of Virginia player drafted by the Vikings
— He is the highest-drafted DB in University of Virginia football history

We’ll have more on this pick and the rest of the Vikings draft picks in rounds 2 and 3 later today so stay tuned to vikings.com.


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Vikings Select CB Chris Cook Early In 2nd Round

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 4:16 pm

The Vikings chose CB Chris Cook with the 2nd pick of the 2nd round (#34 overall) on Friday, marking their 1st selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Cook joins a position group that already includes starters Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield as well as 2009 3rd round pick Asher Allen and veterans Benny Sapp and Lito Sheppard.

We’ll have more on Cook soon right here on vikings.com, including photos, a biography, stats and then comments from Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman after the Vikings make their 2nd selection in the 2nd round.

Stay tuned to vikings.com for all the latest Vikings-related draft developments.


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2nd Round Draft Picks Under Spielman

Posted by cjsiewert on April 23, 2010 – 3:58 pm

Ever since Rick Spielman took the reigns as the Vikings VP of Player Personnel on May 30, 2006, the Vikings have had some very productive players come out their draft picks in which Spielman oversees – All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson in 2007 and 2009 Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin, just to name a couple.

The Purple have 2 draft picks in the 2nd round (#34 and #62) coming within the next couple of hours, so, let’s take a look at which players have come out of the 2nd round under Spielman’s supervison…

2007 – Sidney Rice (44), WR, South Carolina: Rice has solidified himself as an every-down threat to opposing defenses.  Rice had a career-year last season, pulling in 83 receptions for 1,312 yards and 8 TDs.

2008 – Tyrell Johnson (43), S, Arkansas State: Many Vikings fans may have been upset with Johnson’s production over the past 2 seasons, here’s his 2009 numbers – 15 GP/GS, 57 tackles (48 solo, 9 ast.) and 1 INT. The jury is still out but remember he became a full-time starter in just his 2nd year.

2009 – Phil Loadholt (54), T, Oklahoma: Loadholt had an immediate impact on the Vikings offense in the 2009 season.  The 6-8, 343-pounder started in every game but 1, helping Adrian Peterson rush for over 1,000 yards and Brett Favre throw for over 4,000 yards and 33 TDs.


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The Vikings Options At Pick #34

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 2:37 pm

The 2nd day of the 2010 NFL Draft gained some relevance for the Vikings last night when they consummated a trade with the Detroit Lions to slide back 4 picks to the top of the 2nd round. Now instead of picking a player at the end of round 1 and then waiting another entire round to choose again, the Vikings will choose 2nd in the 2nd round and then be on the clock again in the 2nd round with the 30th pick (they also moved up in the 4th round and gained an additional 7th round pick because of the trade).

So what are the Vikings options with the 2nd pick of the 2nd round? Let’s examine briefly…

Trade back
Something not a lot of fans want to hear, but it is possible the Vikings trade back again to acquire more picks and find better value. If QB Jimmy Clausen is not taken with the 1st pick of the 2nd round, I think the Vikings will trade back. But if a team moves up into the St. Louis Rams spot at the top of the 2nd round, then I think the Vikings will take a player with the 2nd pick.

Draft Offensive Player
The popular pick might be Clausen, but my gut is that won’t be the pick. If the Vikings thought Clausen was their QB of the future, wouldn’t they have taken him at #30? Why trade back and risk someone moving ahead of you and grabbing him? But maybe Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman has a good idea that no one will jump ahead of them to take Clausen. They knew the Colts (#31) and Saints (#32) wouldn’t take him, and obviously St. Louis (#33) isn’t interested after taking Sam Bradford #1 overall. We’ll see.

If not Clausen, who else on offense might be a good fit for the Vikings? Well, there’s another QB garnering some attention – Colt McCoy. He’s not as NFL-ready as Clausen, but if Brett Favre comes back for 1 or more seasons, the Vikings wouldn’t need McCoy to be NFL ready for a year or 2. Other offensive players to watch include OTs Charles Brown from Southern Cal. and Rodger Saffold from the University of Indiana. There are a couple of other sneaky names the Vikings may be considering, but not at #34. If the Vikings trade out of #34, we’ll throw some of those names out there for you to chew on.

Draft Defensive Player
If the Vikings don’t trade out and they don’t choose Clausen, McCoy, an OT or any other offensive player, then they could use the 34th overall pick to enhance their defense. There are a couple of talented DTs still available – Lamarr Houston and Brian Price. A couple of secondary options are there, too – CB Chris Cook and S Taylor Mays. And there’s also DE Everson Griffen and LBs Sergio Kindle and Daryl Washington.

Or they could take someone not listed in any of the 3 paragraphs above. As we always say, time will tell.

Be sure to stick with vikings.com to stay on top of all the latest Vikings-related draft developments and news.


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A Look At The NFC North After 1st Round

Posted by cjsiewert on April 23, 2010 – 1:35 pm

As we wait for the 2nd and 3rd rounds to get here, let’s take a look back at the 1st round and see how the NFC North fared.

The 4 NFC North teams came away from the 1st round with a total of 3 selections. The Detroit Lions selected DT Ndamukong Suh with the 2nd overall selection, Green Bay selected OT Brian Bulaga with 23rd pick and then the Lions jumped back into the 1st round – via trade with the Vikings – to grab RB Jahvid Best.

That leaves 2 NFC North teams who not make a 1st round selection – the Vikings traded the 30th overall pick to Detroit and Chicago entered Thursday without a top selection because of its trade last year with the Denver Broncos to acquire QB Jay Cutler.

With all of that that in mind, it’s easy to see that the Lions made out pretty well with both of their 1st round selections; Suh and Best look to have the potential to be franchise-type players for the Lions.

Now the question is, which team will make out best with its selections in the remaining 6 rounds?

Here’s a look at what picks remain for each team in the NFC North:

Minnesota:

Round 2, Pick 2 (34) (From Lions)
Round 2, Pick 30 (62)
Round 3, Pick 29 (93)
Round 4, Pick 2 (100) (From Lions)
Round 5, Pick 30 (161)
Round 5, Pick 36 (167) (Compensatory selection)
Round 6, Pick 30 (199)
Round 7, Pick 7 (214) (From Browns through Lions)
Round 7, Pick 30 (237)

Chicago:

Round 3, Pick 12 (75)

Round 4, Pick 11 (109)

Round 5, Pick 10 (141)

Round 6, Pick 12 (181)

Round 7, Pick 11 (218)

Detroit:

Round 3, Pick 2 (66)

Round 4, Pick 30 (128) (From Vikings)

Round 7, Pick 6 (213) (From Seahawks)

Round 7, Pick 13 (220) (From Broncos)

Round 7, Pick 48 (255) (Compensatory selection) – This is the last pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Green Bay:

Round 2, Pick 24 (56)

Round 3, Pick 23 (86)

Round 4, Pick 24 (122)

Round 5, Pick 23 (154)

Round 5, Pick 38 (169) (Compensatory selection)

Round 6, Pick 24 (193)

Round 7, Pick 23 (230)


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Hopefully One Of Many Firsts

Posted by cjsiewert on April 23, 2010 – 12:10 pm

Since my inception to the vikings.com team I have been exposed to many things that I have never done before.  This is the first time I have ever covered an NFL team, my first time having a day-to-day blog and as of yesterday, my first coverage of the NFL Draft.

After arriving to Winter Park 2 hours before the draft began yesterday, I wasn’t quite sure how the day would unfold.  In the hours leading up to the draft and even into the first couple of picks, things were pretty docile in the media relations office where I was stationed.

My job was basically just to soak everything in that was going on, stay updated on what other draftniks where predicting and have the option of coming up with any blog entries that sparked interest.

Once the 1st round got into the mid-20s, I really found out how much of a fast-paced job this really can be.  Speculation was in full swing throughout the office and on the live chat on who the Vikings would select. While that was going on, people inside of Winter Park were making sure everything was ready for when the Vikings made their selection.  I can’t say that I wasn’t disappointed that the Vikings didn’t make a 1st round selection after all the anticipation leading up to the pick, but the trade with Detroit gives the Purple a few more options.  You can’t go wrong by moving back 4 spots, gaining another 2nd round pick, moving up 28 spots in the 4th round and gaining yet another selection in the 7th round.

About 20 minutes after the Vikings decided to make the trade with Detroit, Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman conducted a press conference giving explanation of the deal and offering some insight as to what the team was looking to do with its added selections.  Mike and I then broke down what we wanted to get accomplished for day 2 and I dispersed from there.

I can’t say it enough times as to how fortunate I am to be able to work with the football team that I have loved for as long as I can remember.  My experiences thus far have taught me a lot about this industry.  Today truly is the start of the draft for the Vikings as they make the 2nd selection in the 2nd round along with the 62nd and 93rd overall picks; these selections will bring me yet another 1st experience as a member of vikings.com and, as always, a fan.

Be sure to stick with us here on vikings.com today as Mike, Ryan, the video guys and I will provide you with full coverage on everything Vikings and their draft selections.


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Reviewing vikings.com Mock Draft, Clausen Prediction

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 10:26 am

Before we get too far into thinking about today’s 2nd and 3rd rounds, let’s take a quick look back at how well we did on the 1st ever vikings.com Mock Draft and also – unfortunately – my prediction on former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen.

Let’s start with Clausen and get that thing out of the way. I was way off. Following the Donovan McNabb trade that sent him from Philadelphia to Washington, Don Banks of SI.com adjusted his mock draft to have Clausen falling to the Vikings at #30. Others soon joined Banks in making that projection.  That prompted me to blog a few times that Clausen would not fall that far because too many teams selecting in front of the Vikings had a need at QB and wouldn’t allow the talented QB to fall out of the 1st round.

As it turns out, Clausen did free fall and in fact fell all the way out of the 1st round. So those who predicted Clausen would land with the Vikings at #30 were also wrong. But I was more wrong. Clausen is still available and that’s perhaps the main storyline heading into Day 2 of the 2010 NFL Draft. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes – Minnesota? Buffalo? We’ll see.

Anyway, on to the 1st ever vikings.com Mock Draft, which was a consensus mock draft compiled by vikings.com content intern CJ Siewert, Ryan Cardinal of vikings.com and yours truly. All things considered, I’m pleased with how it turned out. While we pegged just 4 players with their new team, we did hit 24 1st round picks out of the 29 predictions we made (we left Vikings, Colts and Saints picks blank). The 5 players were projected to go in the 1st round who actually fell out of the round were: G Jon Asamoah, OT Bruce Campbell, Clausen, OLB/DE Sergio Kindle and Taylor Mays


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