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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