(Razor)Back For More: Vikings Select Arkansas WR Greg Childs

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 28, 2012 – 12:05 pm

With a stockpile of selections in the 4th and 5th rounds, the Vikings could’ve found a way to package those picks and move up. Instead, Vikings GM Rick Spielman chose to retain those selections and he continues to attack areas of need on the roster.

The latest selection is another former Arkansas WR, with the selection this time being 6-3, 219-pounder Greg Childs. The selection of Childs follows the selection two picks earlier of Jarius Wright. Vikings WRs coach George Stewart, an Arkansas alum, must be a happy man.

Childs is a big, physical receiver with long arms who can play on the outside and does a nice job of high-pointing the football and plucking throws away from defenders. He clocked a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, and the main reason he lasted this long in the draft, in my view, is he’s coming off a knee injury from last year.

We’re moving fast and furious here, so we’ll have more on this pick and all the other selections soon, so stay tuned to

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57 Responses to “(Razor)Back For More: Vikings Select Arkansas WR Greg Childs”

  1. By PurplHaze on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply


  2. By PurplHaze on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    4.41 40′, 41.5″ vert in his pro day! Welcome to the MN Vikings, Greg!

  3. By rye on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    what did the vikings get from detroit for the trade of their other 5th round pick?

  4. By Lance on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    man new blogs everywhere!

  5. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    rye … a future 4th

  6. By Viking King on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    the swapped 7th rounders and got detroit’s 4th rounder next year

  7. By PurplHaze on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    We traded the 5 rd pick and a 7th rd pick for a 2013 4th rounder.

  8. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    What is going on??? I get home from work to discover that we have drafted a WR, a TE and a chihuahua.

  9. By Lance on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I heard it was a 5th and 2 7ths?

  10. By on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    once again spielman does not have a clue what to do after rd 3

  11. By Rippppka on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    traded our 5th and a 7th for a future 4th with the lions.

  12. By Lance on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    lol Nova

  13. By Rob on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Details for #Vikings trade: MN gets #219 in 2012 and a 4th Rd pick in 2013. Det gets #138 and #223 in 2012 Draft. [via

  14. By Paul on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    We still have big holes at LB, bring back EJ,,,,,,,

  15. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Rd 4, Pick 23 (118) Wright, Jarius WR
    Rd 4, Pick 33 (128) Ellison, Rhett FB
    Rd 4, Pick 39 (134) Childs, Greg WR
    Rd 5, Pick 4 (139) Blanton, Robert CB

  16. By Sir Greasy Panda on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I like what we are doing. The corner from ND looks like a ball hawk. Im excited about this year. We should make significant improvement in our secondary.

  17. By Cam on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    We get Lions’ 7th and next year 4th for our first 5th.

  18. By Lance on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    The CB Brsnton is a good pick but seriously what happened in the 4th?

  19. By PurplHaze on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    That’s an OK deal then. Not a bad trade

  20. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Rd 4, Pick 23 (118) Wright, Jarius WR

    Wright has been a consistent starter for Arkansas since his freshman year. He is undersized but has legitimate 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, which he uses well in all aspects of his game. He wasn’t used much as a returner, but he is an option for NFL teams there based off his ball handling, quickness and long speed. He has fourth-round value working out of the slot at the next level.
    STRENGTHS Wright is a very quick player who understands how to work out of the slot and sit down in the hole of a zone defense. He is tough in traffic and a deep threat who runs good routes. He understands the angling aspect of route running and how to create separation. He has quick hands to snag the ball in short throws and the ability to reel it in deep. He could add value at the return positions, although he hasn’t displayed much on special teams in college.
    WEAKNESSES Wright is undersized, and although he gives great effort in the run game, he struggles to sustain his blocks. He utilizes quick feet off the line but can get jammed up by bigger corners.

  21. By sandiamond on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

  22. By Lance on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ok so whats the real trade? because ive read like 4 different ones now lol

  23. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Rd 4, Pick 33 (128) Ellison, Rhett FB

    Ellison is a hybrid fullback/tight end who could play either role in the NFL. He is the beneficiary of a light tight end class in 2012, projecting to be one of the first off the board. A bruiser with a punishing frame, Ellison is a reliable blocker, both in-line and out of the backfield. He displays the same consistency in his pass-catching skills, both out of backfield and working upfield. Ellison likely will be selected in the middle rounds of the draft by a team looking for a physical player who can bring a workman-like attitude to the facility.
    STRENGTHS Ellison is quick off the line of scrimmage for his size and understands how to stem to avoid jams. He is a decent route runner who will get covered but can separate at the top of routes. He catches nearly everything thrown to him is a very good in-line blocker.
    WEAKNESSES Ellison is not very fast, nor is he a quick-twitch athlete. This is evident when he is running deep routes and trying to work upfield. He labors to move at times and can struggle in hard cuts on his routes.

  24. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Rd 4, Pick 39 (134) Childs, Greg WR

    Childs was inconsistent at Arkansas but showed enough that he should be a late-round pick. He was obviously uncomfortable when running routes in 2011 after suffering a torn patella tendon the previous season.
    STRENGTHS Childs understands how to use his body in the short game to create the space needed to be effective. He builds up his speed throughout the route and can battle with corners underneath when trying to gain position on slant and drive routes. He isn’t a physical player, but he will use his big frame to shield when necessary. When running the fade route, he understands how to use the sideline to his advantage. He can make any catch and can torque his body when running in-phase.
    WEAKNESSES Childs’ lack of speed is obvious on routes deeper than five to 10 yards. He is not explosive and struggles to separate from receivers, though the ability to separate is becoming increasingly important in the NFL. He is not a deep threat and makes all downfield plays solely because of his size. Childs is just an average athlete who will struggle to make an immediate impact at the next level.

  25. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Rd 5, Pick 4 (139) Blanton, Robert CB

    Blanton was a reliable, if not flashy, cornerback at Notre Dame. At this point, he could step in as a stopgap but has work to do before he can be a starter in the NFL. Blanton is a heady prospect who plays to his strengths. He understands footwork and technique in man-to-man coverage, but is not athletic enough to run freely with any receiver. He could be a backup as an outside corner or even in the nickel spot, and is worth a third-round pick.
    STRENGTHS Blanton can work in both man-to-man and zone coverage and provide support against the run. He has copious experience playing the nickel position in the slot and should be able to provide an NFL team with depth at that spot. He can recognize routes and jump on them quickly in zone coverage, and he can use his long arms to recover and make plays on the ball in man coverage. There are small inconsistencies in his technique, but he is able to use his size and length to make plays.
    WEAKNESSES Blanton has struggled with his backpedal and his technique at the top of routes, though he is able to recognize when he’s off-line, stick his foot in the ground and redirect himself. He has a tendency to widen his feet and lose ground, which could prove costly at the next level. He also lacks the elite speed he would need to cover top-tier NFL receivers man-to-man.

  26. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    There you go Nova

  27. By Lance on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    not happy with the short man and the child… Could have picked up Juron Criner! Much better prospec then childs who only got 240 yards last year…

  28. By Vikings4ever on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Management –

    PLease draft Dale Moss.. He will be our deep threat..

    come on – roll your dice on this kid.. he is great, safe hand, pure speed…


  29. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks, GDP….the report on Jarius wright neglected to mention that he was bred to kill snakes.

  30. By sandiamond on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    4 picks left!!


  31. By hognuts on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    New blog!

  32. By ponderfan7 on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    i like the Ellison pick now heard the guy broke down in tears cause he was not thinking of getting drafted when the vikings called him we got are next jimmy Sullivan even tho there will never be another jimmy!

  33. By Lance on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    jimmy sullivan?

  34. By DeerTracks on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    WIth 11 WR’s now on the books, How many can help protect the QB when not running for a pass? Or is this just the job of the TE’s?

  35. By MikeTheViking on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Those picks suck we have the best slot receiver on Harvin what is the point of drafting Wright and we really just drafted another TE how stupid why did we pass up on Josh Norman just to get Blanton Robert was horrible, when are we going to draft Tommy Streeter Childs is just another big receiver who can’t stay healthy like Sidney Rice this is an upset 3rd day.

  36. By Bigfan1 on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like they got some good players.

  37. By cursedvikingfan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    After the Kalil pick, which should’ve been used on a playmaker, we have done nothing to excite me in this draft. It looks like all the drafts from the previous years when we thought Childress was the brains behind it. We added ZERO, ZERO playmakers to this team in 3 days. I hope I am wrong, but the Vikes get a D+ from me.

  38. By Duncan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Minnesota Fans,

    I realize that you may not know much about Jarius Wright and Greg Childs. However, if you ever paid any attention to the SEC the last 4-5 five years you would know that they have been two of the top receivers in the SEC (the NFL Minor League). I have watched these guys since high school and they have improved and excelled at each level, and I don’t see this changing now that they are in the NFL. They are are coming out of a Pro-Style offense and are primed to be successful. Up until his (Greg Child) injury, he was listed in the same light as Julio Jones and AJ Green. So if you look at it, you guys have lucked up on two character guys with massive work ethic, who are used to taking a failing team and helping to make that team a successful power. When the playoffs hit, and Percy starts having those “Migraines” you guys will reflect back on this draft and thank Vikings management for bringing Wright and Childs in. I’m a Texas Long Horn’s fan through and through, and even though they are HOGS I can’t knock the skills and upside of both these guys. Be happy Vikings fans, they are going to make Ponder look like the second coming of Joe Montana.

  39. By DeuceSavage on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes will improve to 7 to 9 wins this year!

  40. By vman on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    happy with the draft, just thought we would of picked up atleast one more solid OL stud with us losing both our starting guards….?

  41. By vman on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    when we traded up to the 1st i thought for sure we would get Hill or Quick…hope smith is worth it.

  42. By Carl on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I like what Spielman did in this draft and it should be an exciting year hopefully not the last one for the Vikings in Minnesota. For all those doubting thomases in here look at this.

    Rd1 #4 Matt Kalil OT Usc awsome LT
    Rd1 #29 Harrison Smith S very solid
    Rd3 #66 Josh Robinson CB Fastest timed Cornerback
    Rd4 #118 Jaurius Wright WR Speed to burn very good hands.
    Rd4 #128 Rhett Ellison FB/TE sounds like the next coming of Jimmy K.
    Rd4 #134 Greg Childs WR Nice size speed oh by the way at his pro day he was timed at 4.37 in the 40 yard dash and if were going to compare him to Sidney Rice from what i have seen of Childs he’s better.
    Rd5 #139 Robert Blanton CB could move to S but he looks like he could develope into a good CB.
    Rd6 #175 Blair Walsh K. I like Longwell but he’s getting up there.
    Rd7 #210 Audie Cole ILB Looks like a third down LB and depth behind Jasper Brinkley.
    Rd7 #219 Trevor Guyton DE dont know much about this guy.

  43. By Jason on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    C- overall grade. We will be lucky to win 1 or 2 more games this year than last.

  44. By Jason on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    And we won’t win 1 or 2 more games more because of our picks, but because of strength of schedule.

  45. By Slim on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    You all need some valium, this was an excellent draft, and we will see a marked improvement in our final standings. Ponder is a year into the system, our veterans are ready to train the rookies, and we will make the play offs.
    If you all are so smart, why are you not on some team making the selections??

  46. By David on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    i think this was a good draft they got a starting left tackle, possibly pro bowl a starting safety 2nd best in draft fastest corner in josh robinson and Jarious wright will be a returner too and Greg Childs can be a deep threat wide reciever after he develops a little bit and once he is fully healthy. I dont know why ur all complaining great draft spielman i give a B+ grade. Every Position will be looking better than last year except linebacker which wouldnt be a bad idea to sign back EJ, but if not Jasper Brinkley might be better than we expect. So i think a good Offseason for the Vikings. Didnt make big splashes but got the job done.

  47. By David on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    and for all of u complaining about deep threat wide recievers we did pick up jerome simpson, and i bet if we wouldnt have gotten the safety Harrison Smith and CB Josh Robinson u wouldve just ended up complaining about not getting secondary so i dont get what was wrong with our draft at all

  48. By danny on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Im happy with all the picks that the vikings got this year… i think it was one of the best drafts for the vikings in a long time i think rick really knows his stuff after seeing who he went with.. Good job now all that needs to happen is this stadium deal to get done and we are looking at the come on…

  49. By HogFan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    J wright and the man Child will dominate……especially togeather. Along with percy harvin you have a recieving corp of ex sec wideouts. Wich play against the best sec defenses. Cry all u want viking fans……I wish these guys were in a Steelers jersey. They arre the real deal and 4th round steals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have been playing togeather since middle school. They have an awesome work ethic and you cant keep these guys out the gym. minnesota just got a lil piece of HOG HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Most of the picks were team captains. High character guys with passion for the game. Now we got a Little Jimmy (Rhett). A big body wr and a burner wr who can do some kick returns to pair with Harvin and Simpson. This was a very good draft.

  51. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Not to mention the secondary now has two starting safeties not borderline special teams trying to start. Smith and Blanton are great. Add in Robinson who can become are no. 2 corner and has return ability. The secondary is greatly improved. Now stop complaining and support are team.

  52. By ndhoss on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Who knows what any of these guys will do in purple? Some of the undrafted may surprise us as well! Go Vikings, I’m glade in what we did, 8-8 or better this year. Our “D” may actually get a pick 6 or two? My glass is half full.

  53. By Derrick.G on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Love this pick, gives us our own devin hester, put him in at kick returns and punt reurns, hes fast, and he’ll make plays for us, and we can keep harvin away from that kind of danger.

  54. By Derrick.G on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    wrong blog, meant the other WR, but whatever. lol

  55. By zuehlke on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    i just realized did offensive guard schwatz play with kalil bro in carolina? thats gotta be a big plus im sure they know eachother chemistry on this team has to be high with razorback wr and notre dame cbs and usc alumni so sweet great job spielman and minnesota vikings organization now for stadium issue :)

  56. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Are all Canadian police like this?

  57. By billbobagons1 on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    I think we had a great draft and looking back at all the solid free agents we signed before the draft. Most of them not even starters but good solid backup and msybe a few will end up as starters some day. it allcomes down to this, how much will Ponder be inproved this year. it is all about the QB and lets hope ours is a good one with his smarts and quick feet and acuracy. Then 1 more good draft and we might be something with another year of experiance for this rookie class.
    I also like the conections with the Razorback recievers and the ND players along with The tight end and LT fron Califoria. The teams that win it all are close and I would think this will only help.

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