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 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 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 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…

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)

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)

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

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 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. has DeGeare listed as an OT but 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 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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Griffen Sure To Learn Much From Pair Of Vikings DEs

Posted by cjsiewert on April 24, 2010 – 10:05 am

If there’s any indication that Everson Griffen will have a productive career as a Minnesota Viking, it might just be shown by the round in which he was selected.

Griffen joins a DL core that has a number of great players – Jared Allen, Ray Edwards, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams.  The mentoring from this group of DL will surely be of great value for Griffen, but he might be able to relate best to a pair of Vikings DEs that share a very similar draft experience to that of the rookie DE.

Both Ray Edwards and Brian Robison were selected in the 4th round in the NFL Draft by the Vikings – Edwards as the 127th overall pick in 2006 and Robison as the 102nd overall pick in 2007.

Edwards and Robison have both had dynamic careers thus far as Vikings and the production they have shown over the past couple of seasons may set the bar for Griffen.  I cannot speak for either Edwards or Robison but I am sure that both of the former 4th round selections are excited to work with and tutor the 6-3, 273 pound rookie from USC.

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Part II: 2nd Round Draft Picks Under Spielman

Posted by cjsiewert on April 24, 2010 – 9:25 am

Yesterday I pointed out the quality of players that have been selected in the 2nd round since Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman joined the Vikings.  Looking back at the Vikings picks in the 2nd round of this year’s draft, it looks as if Spielman has a good chance to continue his reputation of selecting quality players in the 2nd round of the draft.

Round 2, Pick 2 (34th overall) – Former Virginia CB Chris Cook comes into a Vikings secondary unit that is currently recovering from injury (Cedric Griffen and Antoine Winfield) but has also added a veteran in CB Lito Sheppard.  As Mike pointed out yesterday, Cook has a nice blend of size – 6-2, 212 pounds – and speed, and perhaps his greatest attribute is position flexibility.  Cook has a great skill set and has the ability to contribute to the team in many ways, whether that is in the secondary or on special teams.

Round 2, Pick 19 (51st overall) (Trade from Texans) – The selection of former Stanford RB Toby Gerhart has alleviated many concerns by the Vikings faithful in regard to the backup RB position.  If Gerhart earns the #2 role behind Adrian Peterson, he is sure to add a bruising style of running that the Vikings haven’t seen in a while.  It will be interesting to see if the Purple decides to use both Peterson and Gerhart in the backfield at the same time, whether that is in split back or I-formation will be shown in due time.

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More Analysis On Griffen

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2010 – 9:04 am

A talented Vikings defensive line got much more talented on Saturday morning with the selection of Everson Griffen. By all accounts, Griffen is a 1st round talent but some minor off-field concerns as well as consistency and effort level questions might have caused him to slip in the draft this year.

To be fair, the off-field concerns and consistency issues are not something with which I’m too familiar, so I’ll give him a chance to explain those. And, the truth of the matter is, what happened in the past matters much less than what will happen going forward. As Vikings Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell said earlier this morning, it’s not as if Griffen is a bad person. The Vikings have made clear their commitment to finding good people who are also good football players, so I’m confident Griffen will fit in well with the type of players Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman and Head Coach Brad Childress have brought in under the Wilf ownership.

Anyway, here’s some more analysis from Studwell and also on Griffen…

Studwell: “He’ll see the sense of urgency. He’s coming from a program that competes and plays hard every day in practice. So he’s going to come into our tempo and understand it; I think he’ll buy into it quickly.” analysis: “The Vikings get a top-25 talent in the fourth round with the addition of Everson Griffen. The energetic pass rusher has excellent initial quickness, and his ability to pressure the pocket will undoubtedly earn him minutes in a deep Vikings rotation. This is an excellent value pick for the team, regardless of his off-field issues.”
Studwell: “He can play both sides. He’s big enough to be a base end. He’s athletic enough to be a right end. He can also go inside nickel as I said before. He’s got a lot of versatility. He actually could probably be a standup player in a 3-4 (defensive scheme). We’ve got a new toy and we may put him in a lot of different places.”

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