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2010 NFL Draft Recap By Conference, Position and School

Posted by cjsiewert on April 24, 2010 – 6:31 pm

Now that all 255 selections have been made in the 2010 NFL Draft, we can take a look back and dissect what positions were most popular or most-needed, what colleges and universities produced the most selections and which conferences provided the strongest class of draftees.

Going into this year’s draft, it was widely agreed upon that the defensive prospects ran deep at many positions, and that came through with flying colors; DB was by far the most popular draft pick with 52 selected. That means there was an average of at least 1 DB selected every 5 picks. The Vikings followed the popular selection by picking Chris Cook in the 2nd round (34th overall).

Another interesting side note to the popular selection of DB is that the position also produced the most underclassmen selected, with 11.  Coming in 2nd place with the popular selection by position was LB, with 35 selected (5 of which were underclassmen).

The university that proved to have the most NFL-ready players was Florida with 9 selected. The Gators also had the most underclassmen selected with 5. When considering high-profile players selected, Oklahoma produced 3 of the top 4 picks in the draft while 4 Sooners were selected in the 1st round – Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams and Jermaine Gresham.

If you were to look at the 2009 college season and wonder which conference emulated the NFL to a certain degree, it would have to be the Southeastern Conference (SEC), with every team from the conference providing a draft selection – Florida: 9, Alabama: 7, LSU: 6, Tennessee: 6, Georgia: 5, Ole Miss: 4, Kentucky: 3, Auburn: 2, Mississippi State: 2, South Carolina: 2, Vanderbilt: 2 and Arkansas: 1. Also, 49 players were selected from the conference while 12 were underclassmen.

Looking at the Vikings selections, Cook was the only selection from Virginia and Joe Webb was the only selection from UAB.  Many of the Vikings faithful believed that the Purple needed to address the defense as a primary concern and that was answered with 4 defensive selections – Cook, DE Everson Griffen, LB Nathan Triplett and LB Ryan D’Imperio.


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Heisman Runner-Up Gerhart Will Complement Peterson Well

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2010 – 5:36 pm

Early in the build-up to the 2010 NFL Draft, CB and backup RB were 2 positions squarely in focus for the Vikings. Starting CBs Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield are recovering from injuries and the Vikings saw RB Chester Taylor defect to the Chicago Bears.

As the draft drew nearer, backup RB became less of a perceived priority because of the Vikings comfort with Albert Young as a potential replacement for Taylor and also the news of Darius Reynaud switching from WR to RB. Also, the Vikings signed free agent CB Lito Sheppard just 1 day before Thursday’s 1st round, which caused many to shift CB down the priority list as well.

But all of that didn’t stop the Vikings from using their first 2 draft picks on players at those positions. With the 2nd pick in the 2nd round – obtained from the Detroit Lions via trade during the 1st round – the Vikings selected CB Chris Cook out of Virginia. Soon after, the Vikings used their original 2nd round choice and their 3rd round pick to move up into the middle of the 2nd round and tab RB Toby Gerhart as well.

During his post-draft press conference, Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman acknowledged that CB and RB were 2 areas of the roster he wanted to address during the draft

“I knew the corner was the one thing we definitely wanted to address even though we signed Lito Sheppard right before the draft,” Spielman told reporters. “Then Toby Gerhart, again, you have to look at your depth and if something were to ever happen to Adrian Peterson, knock on wood, where is your depth behind Adrian? You just have to make sure you have enough runners behind him in case something, I don’t want to talk about it, but just always make sure you have good depth behind him.”

The selection of Gerhart – a physical runner with a bruising running style – caught some off-guard because the perception is that he doesn’t possess the same traits as Taylor (receiving skills, shiftiness, etc.). But Spielman’s point remains – drafting Gerhart was as much about fortifying the depth behind Peterson as it was about replacing Taylor.

On top of all that, though, Spielman also mentioned that Gerhart, who was the runner-up in 2009 Heisman Trophy balloting, does have the skill set that can be used in important 3rd-down situations.

“Toby is, again, a very physical runner,” Spielman said. “I don’t think people realize the type of receiving skills that he does have out of the backfield and the type of blocking skills that he does show, especially in pass protection.”


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Vikings Top 3 Have Knack For Impact Plays

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2010 – 3:10 pm

The Vikings roster is one that contains 10 Pro Bowlers from 2009 and it’s also one that came up just short of advancing to Super Bowl XLIV. So for players drafted by the Vikings this year, cracking the starting lineup – let alone the 53-man roster – is going to be a tall task.

But one way to quickly catch the eye of NFL coaches and make a case for a roster spot is to make impact plays that could potentially change games. And in looking at the first 3 Vikings 2010 draft picks, I see a trio of players with a knack for making impact plays in college.

The key for them now is to bring their playmaking ability to the next level, something that’s easier said than done. We won’t know whether or not these top 3 picks can get the job done until they hit the field. For now, though, let’s take a look at their playmaking histories during their college careers.

DB Chris Cook – #34 overall – 143 tackles, 19 pass breakups and 7 INTs at Virginia
RB Toby Gerhart – #51 overall – Averaged 5.2 yards per carry and had 43 career TDs at Stanford. He was a Heisman Trophy runner-up after a 2009 season that included 27 rushing TDs
DE Everson Griffen – #100 overall – 21 tackles for a loss and 18.0 sacks for the USC Trojans

With so many of the Vikings starting roster spots already filled and with the team coming just 1 game shy of the Super Bowl last season, many Vikings fans were looking for the franchise to add a player or 2 who could potentially make a difference for the 2010 season. So while the additions of Cook, Gerhart and Griffen may do the Vikings well in the future, a quick peek at their college careers reveal they may have the ability to make impact plays as soon as this season.


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Vikings 2010 NFL Draft Selections

Posted by cjsiewert on April 24, 2010 – 2:52 pm

The Vikings have now finalized their selections in the 2010 NFL Draft and here is the list of the 8 draft picks made by the Purple:

Round 2, Pick 2 (34) (Trade from Lions) – Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
Round 2, Pick 19 (51) (Trade from Texans) – Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
Round 4, Pick 2 (100) (Trade from Lions) – Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Round 5, Pick 30 (161) – Chris DeGeare, OL, Wake Forest
Round 5, Pick 36 (167) (Compensatory selection) – Nathan Triplett, LB, Minnesota
Round 6, Pick 30 (199) – Joe Webb, QB, UAB
Round 7, Pick 7 (214) (Trade from Lions) – Mickey Shuler, TE, Penn State
Round 7, Pick 30 (237) – Ryan D’Imperio, LB, Rutgers

As always, stick with us here on vikings.com as we will be sure to bring you further analysis on the Vikings 2010 NFL Draft selections as well as comments from VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman and Head Coach Brad Childress’ post-draft press conferences.


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Vikings Round Out 2010 Draft With LB Ryan D’Imperio

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2010 – 2:37 pm

The Vikings put the finishing touches on their 2010 draft class by selecting LB Ryan D’Imperio with their second 7th round pick (#237 overall).

D’Imperio played college football at Rutgers and stands at 6-1, 241 pounds. He was a 2nd-Team All Big East selection by the league’s coaches in 2008.

We’ll have more on this pick and the entire Vikings 2010 draft. Also, we’ll be streaming Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman’s post-draft press conference in about an hour.


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Vikings Select TE Mickey Shuler In 7th Round

Posted by cjsiewert on April 24, 2010 – 1:59 pm

The Vikings used their 7th round (213th overall) selection on former Penn State TE Mickey Shuler.

In 2009, Shuler recorded 11 receptions for 89 yards and 2 TDs.  Throughout his 3-year career, the 6-4, 251-pounder has compiled 27 receptions for 300 yards and 4 TDs.  Shuler also has good football bloodlines with his father having played in the NFL as a TE.

Here is the NFL.com analysis of Shuler: “Shuler has good speed and prototypical size and bulk. Releases clean and runs precise routes. Heady player that finds holes in zone coverage. Goes over the middle and makes difficult catches in traffic. Takes good blocking angles and finishes. Has inconsistent hands and will drop catchable balls. Lacks explosiveness and is not much of a threat to gain extra yards after the catch. Struggles to get separation out of breaks and takes too long to reach top speed.”


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Vikings Select QB Joe Webb In 6th Round

Posted by cjsiewert on April 24, 2010 – 1:10 pm

The Vikings used their 6th round (199th overall) pick on former UAB QB Joe Webb.  A lot of speculation has gone into the 2010 NFL Draft in regard to the Vikings selecting a QB and they have now officially chosen that route.

Webb, a 6-3, 223-pounder, was a 2-year starter at UAB where he passed for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Here is the NFL.com analysis of Webb: “Webb has ideal height and bulk for the next level. Has very good speed for the quarterback position and can make plays outside the pocket. Is a durable, versatile performer who could contribute at other spots. Possesses excellent arm strength. Can drive the ball downfield and make all the throws. Shows good accuracy at times on the deep ball.  Decision-making must improve. Forces the ball into dangerous spots. Does not scan the field or move through his progressions. Likely to struggle consistently making reads against NFL schemes. Must improve footwork and drop mechanics. Does not exhibit enough accuracy and can become wild. Does not have a quick release and throwing mechanics need polish.”


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A Look At The NFC North After 5 Rounds

Posted by cjsiewert on April 24, 2010 – 12:43 pm

With only the 6th and 7th rounds remaining in the 2010 NFL Draft, let’s take a look at what’s gone down with each team in the NFC North…

Vikings:
Round 2, Pick 2 (34) (Trade from Lions) – Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
Round 2, Pick 19 (51) (Trade from Texans) – Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
Round 4, Pick 2 (100) (Trade from Lions) – Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Round 5, Pick 30 (161) – Chris DeGeare, OL, Wake Forest
Round 5, Pick 36 (167) (Compensatory selection) – Nathan Triplett, LB, Minnesota
Round 6, Pick 30 (199)
Round 7, Pick 7 (214) (Trade from Lions)
Round 7, Pick 30 (237)

Bears:
Round 3, Pick 11 (75) – Major Wright, S, Florida
Round 4, Pick 11 (109) – Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
Round 5, Pick 10 (141) – Joshua Moore, DB, Kansas State
Round 6, Pick 12 (181) – Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan
Round 7, Pick 11 (218)

Lions:
Round 1, Pick 2 – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Round 1, Pick 30 (Trade from Vikings) – Jahvid Best, RB, California
Round 3, Pick 2 (66) – Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa
Round 4, Pick 30 (128) (Trade from Vikings) – Jason Fox, OT, Miami
Round 7, Pick 6 (213)
Round 7, Pick 13 (220)
Round 7, Pick 48 (255) (Compensatory selection) – Last pick of the 2010 NFL Draft

Packers:
Round 1, Pick 23 – Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Round 2, Pick 24 (56) – Mike Neal, DT, Purdue
Round 3, Pick 7 (71) – Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
Round 5, Pick 23 (154) – Andrew Quarless, TE, Penn State
Round 5, Pick 38 (169) (Compensatory selection) – Marshall Newhouse, OT, TCU
Round 6, Pick 24 (193) – James Starks, RB, Buffalo
Round 7, Pick 23 (230)

Looking at the NFC North’s selections, which team do you feel has made the best selections?  Voice your opinion in the comments section below this post.


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Vikings Select Former Gopher LB Nathan Triplett

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2010 – 11:36 am

The Vikings didn’t need to search far to execute their second 5th round pick on Saturday as they drafted former Gophers inside LB Nathan Triplett with the draft’s 167th overall pick.

Triplett has good size for an NFL LB at 6-3, 250 pounds, and he was a very productive player for the Gophers in 2009. The 2009 season was his only as a starter though, so some might be concerned about his lack of experience coming out of college.

Here is the NFL.com analysis of Triplett: “Triplett is a big, strong inside linebacker who started for only one season in college. He was very productive in 2009, but his athleticism and lack of experience is a concern at the next level. He is best between the tackles attacking the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t have great quickness, speed or range inside-out to the ball. Triplett is inconsistent leveraging the ball in space, and the further away from the line of scrimmage he is, the less effective he becomes. He is an effective inside run blitzer, providing power to push the pocket, but he is a liability as a man-coverage defender. Triplett was a good college football player in 2009, but athletic limitations might relegate him to a backup roll in the NFL.”


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Vikings Select OL Chris DeGeare In 5th Round

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2010 – 11:26 am

The Vikings used the first of two 5th round picks on OL Chris DeGeare, a 6-4, 325-pound product of Wake Forest.

NFL.com has DeGeare listed as an OT but ESPN.com has him listed as an OG. Confusing, but maybe it’s an indication that he can play both positions, which would help the Vikings add depth along the offensive line.

We’ll find out more about DeGeare shortly when either Head Coach Brad Childress, VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman or Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell meet with reporters to discuss the pick.

The Vikings also have another pick in the 5th round – a compensatory selection that is the 167th overall pick.

Here’s the NFL.com analysis of DeGeare: “DeGeare is a physically gifted lineman who has struggled with the mental aspects of the game as well as college. He missed the 2008 season by being academically ineligible and is not aware of twists, stunts and games up front by the defensive linemen. He can be quick out of his stance but often ends up getting behind on blocks because he is late to react to movement. He appears to wear down during the course of most games and may need to loose some weight in order to improve his conditioning.”


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