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.

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48 Responses to “Gerhart Selection Gives Vikings Options, Competition At #2 RB”

  1. By Ryan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Traded a second and a third round pick for a back up good job vikes way to blow this one.

  2. By alex on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Ryan you are an idiot, we needed a replacement for chester taylor and ALL our draft picks would have been for backups anyway no matter where we picked them

  3. By Raul 919 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    alex brings up a good point, were drafting for depth not starters. relax. and as far as CCook goes you don’t know the health of griffin, or when antoine is gonna leave.

  4. By Agree with Ryan... on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    TERRIBLE to give up your 3rd Rd pick to move up 10 spots just to get a backup RB. What will he get, maybe 4-5 carries a game? Pathetic.

    Vikings could have gotten a high quality lineman if they had just stayed where there were at in the 2nd and then picked up Colt in the 3rd.

    Vikings had a great setup heading into today and this is the first draft in several years where I’m disappointed.

    IMO, they absolutely blew this draft.

    Grade so far: C-

  5. By alex on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    like who “agree with ryan”? bulaga would have been the only ol worth anything above the 4th round. AND if it were to start him

  6. By Arrowhead on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    “Agree with Ryan”, you arn’t by any chance living in a mental institution? mccoy spells BUST all over him.

  7. By Raul 919 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    gave 3rd round pick #93 our 4th #100. yeah bet you didn’t know that for the one’s complaining about giving up our 3rd huh?

  8. By Jones on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    McCoy might be a bust, but Jackson IS a bust. If he isn’t up to the task of starting and winning with THIS team, he NEVER will be. I don’t know the 2 players selected, but they don’t seem to fill a pressing need for the VIkes. We appear to be deep enough at CB to bypass the (4th, 5th?) CB in the draft. RBs are EASY to find in the later rounds if you are looking for a back-up. Farve doesn’t have a backup. At this point, I hope he doesn’t come back. LEt’s see what Childress’ golden boy Jackson can do. At the end of the year when we come in 3rd in division, maybe Wilf will send Childress packing.

  9. By Bigfan1 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Outstanding pick, no other team probably has ever had two Heisman candidate running backs at the same time. Great reasoning to have a backup to AP, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

  10. By jacob on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    why did we get that no name cornerback when we could have had a shot at clausen?! the only bright side is that next year looks like a pretty good QB draft class.

  11. By Gruul the NW Troll on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Gerhart tore up Oregon’s stout D taking them our of the National hunt, and he will be a decent back up for AP should we need him in a short down or short-term recovery situation: but there will be few holes opening up given the needs of the O-line…except maybe the ones in your head Ryan!

  12. By gatorpbait on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    this was a awesome to get a bruiser running back . just watch this unfold, now if they can pick up cooper out of Florida to go along with percey maybe we could take Brandon James out of Florida if you think percey is fast you should see this guy speed is like he is on high octane all day

  13. By Bull to you Jones on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I for one don’t watch colledge football but i do know that our team always picks good draftpicks. We were a play away from the SB! Already dissing childress when the season hasn’t even begun

  14. By Dave on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Big physical Cover 2 corner, and a big physical RB who was 2nd in Heisman voting, I think we did quite well. Gerhart will be a 3rd down beast you watch. And Cook will be a starting corner in 2 years. You guys need to relax, the team is already super bowl ready, we weren’t drafting starters anyway. Well done Chilly, Rick and the rest of the staff. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings

  15. By SD vikes fan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    jacob….. if chris cook is a no name corner to you, you need to watch more college football

  16. By Joe on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    This guy will be an excellent 3rd down back. That’s what we need with Taylor gone. He is 231 pounds and still ran a 4.53 50 yard dash. He was runner up for the heisman in the closest voting in history! How can you say that this is a bad pick.

    p.s. I don’t completely agree with the Cook pick, but Im not the expert. Clausen would have just been the next Brady Quinn.

  17. By Colin B on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce Campbell. He pound the d-end then get deep in the secondary with his sick athleticism.
    Perrish Cox msybe… we really gotta stock up the secondary, especially if Winfield moves to FS *cough*.

  18. By BJ on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    So I guess this means they won’t go after westbrook

  19. By Markus on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Adrian Peterson was a backup when we drafted him. Look how he turned out.

  20. By matt on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Gutsy moves that I hope will pay off, so a good draft so far. However we still need depth on the line, both offense and defense. And at some point we still should consider drafting a decent QB that favre can work with, it only makes sense. And there are also some good wr’s out there

  21. By morris on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    at first i didnt like cook as a pick i felt kindle would have been better, but cook looks to b a good safety prospect not CB and that is a need we had to fill, and gerhart is a phenominal pic, the dude is a beast and we do need that 3rd down back and he is it, now look for depth at DT, and OL and we should b good, also our O line is fine just needs depth at OG

  22. By SKOL on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I like this RB, he’s a real bruiser. Should make an excellent change of pace back for AP.

  23. By matt on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Favre can’t take another beating like he did in new orleans, opening game this year, can’t afford for him to be out the year due to a concussion. OG yes for depth but we need to look for a loadholt replacement likeness for McKinnie(caveman feet) unless dancing with the stars can help him?

  24. By Tommy on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Wait and See….We will have the running games back plus passing games. If BF is not coming back….Sage or TJ should be fine with more balancing attack. Without #4 is longer reach for Super Bowl, but history is full of miracle when players trying their best efforts. John Randle is one….

  25. By fran on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply


  26. By ffd17 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Once again the Vikings blow it. You can never pass on a player like clausen. He could have watched farve for a year and then been our starter for quite a long time. Jackson has proven he cant do the job, What are we waiting for the other three teams in the north have quarterbacks for the future and players like clausen dont come around every year. You guys blew it again and it will cost you your jobs in the near future. What a wasted draft, i give it a D.

  27. By Tommy on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    QB should be 6’3 to 6’5….to survey the field…making play, clever QB needed. Imagine this, Percy, AP, Sidney, Tony, and Old 4 Fox. Who you choose to cover? AP will run you over, Percy leave you in dust, Sidney out catch you, and Tony (projected) pierce through your line….Another exciting season by The Vikings Team .

  28. By Heavy Metal Vikings Fan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I tell Ya what, Gerhart Could provide a sixth offensive lineman in our offense, if Peterson continues to fumble Gerhart will not and would be a good third down guy and he will protect Brett if he decided to come back. Im huge fan of this guy and Rick and Chilli just add another step to super bowl. Skoll Vikes Skoll them Vikes Just Add Tony Pike and silver fox becomes his mentor for a year then He will be like Matt Ryan or Joe Cool and he will be our future Qb Not T Jac or Saga.
    My Grade of this draft so far B -

  29. By Scott on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I like the Gerhart pick but cant believe it took giving up a 3rd round pick (and the 2nd rd pick) to move up only 9 spots in the second round. I hope he is worth it as you could have added depth at OL and DL by staying with the other 2 picks if Gerhart wasnt there 9 picks later.

  30. By Skolz on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Clausen is too short, we need a guy like Tony Pike (my first choice) or Jevon Snead. I was not too high on any of the other qb’s like tebow/mccoy/clausen..I think we find our future qb in the 4th in one of those two guys.

    Taylor Mays would have been a sexier pick than Cook, but am guessin winfield is moving to FS, only makes sens with Lito signed and Griff long termed+Cook

  31. By GoGerhart on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t know much about cook but I’m
    excited for gerhart he was runner up
    for the heisman the Vikings now
    have the most punishing backfield in the NFL

  32. By cholo on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with what u r saying in regards to the qb position. Colt would have been a great steal in the third round. Gerhart is a tough back but rbs r a dime a dozen; however, quality qbs r much more difficult to come by. Colt is a proven winner there is no denying that n he has all the tools to be a successful qb. With that said I do think the vikes will still get a qb in the later rounds such as lefevour or pike both with the potential too do well in the NFL. I’m a fan so I can criticism some decision but when is all said n done the execs r the guys paid the cheddar to make or break our beloved purple people eater!

  33. By radzinwisconsin on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    This guy cant see where he needs to go with excellent cuts and then its up to the safety to take him down! Which in my book means 1st down Vikings @ the very least!!!

  34. By matt on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    1 fumble from a superbowl win-glad we didn’t go for a qb who won’t see the field for 2 years. we needed improvement for this season and we got it-hope we get enough.

  35. By Carl on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Can somebody tell childress he better utilize gerhart it will do no good if he keeps him on the sideline that would be a waste of talent!!!!!!!

  36. By Carl on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I hope childress puts AP and gerhart on the field together, we all know how captain obvious childress is he will probably only put toby on 3rd downs

  37. By Cory on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    y is bruce campbell still on the board and we not gettin him!?!?!

  38. By Robin S. on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I trust that Coach Chidress knows what he is doing. He has proven it in the past. He brought Brett in to run the show and he was magnificent! He gave us a magnificent year. I think Gerhart will be great. Let’s not make Brett throw so much this year. I hope his ankle will be ok. We need him. Let’s protect Brett so he doesn’t have to go through that beating again. Beat the Saints!

  39. By csmith on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    clowns, we could have got jahvid best from cal a great 3rd down back. instead we get a goaline back???the draft……..

  40. By viks on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    chris cook was an okay pick..but passing up on jimmy clausen. HUGE BLOW. great pick with toby. chris cook will develop and learn. not getting clausen killed me. brett favre will stay for a 1 year, so clausen could learn from him. clausen will be a great franchise qb and viks will regret not drafting him. jacoby ford anyone?

  41. By nrhen1 on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Toby’s a great pick and will be an impact player his first year(thank goodness Vikes addressed this need w/CT being gone). Yes, we need help on OL, and I agree, we need to look at OL pick. QB would be nice, but next couple of years will be good for QB’s too, so let’s not worry this year. Yes, BF would be great to learn from, but he could still be in mentor/teacher role in the next couple of years as a staff, doesn’t have to be active/starter to teach.

  42. By verothon on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    what the vikes lacked last year the most was a smashmouth pound it down your throat running game.
    when that o line can punish with a galoot like toby they will play better.
    He brings with him that missing attitude. a second element of the run game, pound then AP, pound then AP. and he has NEVER fumbled!!! AP to get more throws less carries.

  43. By verothon on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    And for all you claussen lovers…think ryan leaf…that’s why he fell so far.

  44. By verothon on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    thank gawd we didn’t get another childress prodigy in tebow…the only reason denver took him that early is denver’s coach shares the same religious veiws. tebow said him and the coach prayed togather that he would be a bronco….puke.

  45. By SoCalVike on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Gruden exposed Claussen on his quarterbacks show!Gerhart is a beast!

  46. By APAllDay28 on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    First off, yea Jacob if chriss cook is a no name to you there is something wrong. Dude is 6’2 big and physical to match up with the taller Wideouts. However IMO they should have taken Taylor Mays. Tyrell Johnson doesn’t get it done and Mays is a freak already whose only going to get better. yea he takes bad routes but he’ll learn that. You can’t find taylor mays in the later rounds but you can find a corner in the 4th (early 4 round pick). That d would be so dirty. Gerhart pick is a great move, our RB’s will wear down defenses! They get no break!

  47. By Andy Moeller on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Good pick on Gerhart all who don’t agree are idiots

  48. By verothon on Apr 25, 2010 | Reply

    My hope is favre comes back….only so the excitement may put the stadium over the top. There is a success greater than a super bowl…and that’s keeping them here.

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