2nd round pick Phil Loadholt signed a contract today. That just leaves Percy Harvin to get inked, and we’re good to go.
This news is a few days old, but I wanted to mention it.
Starting this April, the NFL draft will now be a 3 day ordeal. The first round will be in Prime Time on THURSDAY night. The second and third rounds will be on Friday night. Rounds 4 – 7 will now take place on Saturday morning/afternoon.
I for one hate it.
I already hated the idea that they didn’t start this past draft until evening.
If the draft starts at 6:30 Central time, it probably won’t be over until after Midnight. At the risk of sounding like an old man… some people have to work Friday morning!! How about the poor people on the East coast? (You know… those that live in big cities, like, say, New York or Boston). Are they expected to watch the NFL draft until after 1:00 AM on a Thursday night? What terrible planning.
I miss the days of waking up and knowing that by mid-late morning I was going to sit down and watch the draft, and that the first round would take me up to the evening. Then I could miss a little of the second round while I grabbed dinner, then finish the night off with the draft.
I don’t like the changes at all.
The guys at Vikings Gab (one of my favorite blogs) decided it’s never too early to look at the draft… NEXT YEAR’S draft.
Well, the 2010 NFL draft is right around the corner (just kidding) so I thought I’d take this opportunity to point out a few things as it relates to the Vikings and also point out a few players to keep an eye on during this next season of college football.
First, the Vikings have a full slate of picks in 2010 as of right now. They should also recieve some compensatory draft picks being they let Birk and Sharper leave during free agency combined with the fact that they have been very inactive in free agency this offseason. Since Birk and Sharper are both over thirty, the Vikings will recieve a maximum of two 5th rounders. Due to the relatively small contract Sharper recieved, I would expect the Vikings to get a 5th and a 6th as compensation for losing their two veterans. Compensatory picks cannot be traded or packaged in a trade.
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In the third round of last week’s Draft, the Vikings took Asher Allen, a corner out of Georgia. This was a good selection, as Allen will probably step in to compete right away for the Nickel position with Benny Sapp.
At 5’9″, Allen is a bit short, but some have compared him to Antoinne Winfield in that he’s a good playmaker and a solid tackler. He also gives another option for kick returns if the Vikings don’t opt to use Percy Harvin for that roll.
Here are some of his career highlights thus far.
(all highlights/stats taken from www.georgiadogs.com)
Career Highs: 11 tackles at No. 16 Alabama in 2007
*82-yard kickoff return vs. No. 22 Kentucky
*2 interceptions vs. No. 10 Hawai’i in 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl
2008: Named to Phil Steele’s All-SEC Third Team
*Started all 13 games recording 53 tackles and team-leading seven pass break-ups
*Named 1-of-20 finalists for the Lott Trophy and 1-of-13 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award
*Season-high nine tackles in Capital One Bowl victory over No. 19 Michigan State
*Recorded seven tackles vs. No. 8 Alabama
*Six-tackle performances at Kentucky, vs. No. 22 Vanderbilt and at S. Carolina
*Team-high six tackles, two pass break-ups and recovered a fumble in the end zone late in the fourth quarter at South Carolina
*Four tackles and two pass break-ups at No. 11 LSU
*Selected to SEC Coaches’ Pre-season All-SEC Second Team
*Named to 2008 Lott Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award Watch Lists
*Received True Grit Award at conclusion of spring practice
2007: Appeared in 13 games making 11 starts with 64 tackles including two sacks, four pass break-ups and three interceptions
*Had a career-high two interceptions to go along with a team-leading nine tackles during Georgia’s 41-10 rout of No. 10 Hawai’i in the Sugar Bowl
*Made 28 kickoff returns for 690 yards, which is a single-season school record
*Had three tackles, a pass break-up and four kickoff returns including an 82-yard return on the opening kickoff vs. No. 22 Kentucky
*Recorded team-high seven tackles, an interception, pass break-up and three kickoff returns including a 53-yard return vs. Troy
*Registered a career-high 11 tackles at No. 16 Alabama
*Recorded four tackles and first-career sack against Oklahoma St.
*Listed as number one SC prior to fall practice
*Made four tackles and one pass break-up in spring G-Day game
*Recipient of the David C. Cooper Family Football Scholarship.
2006: *Appeared in all 13 games with 24 tackles
*19 kickoff returns for 420 yards (22.1 avg.) and 4 punt returns for 54 yards (13.5 avg.)
* Team went 9-4 including a Chick-fil-A Bowl win.
*Named team’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year
* Recipient of Tommy Reeder Football Scholarship
*Enrolled at UGA in January after early graduation from high school
*Recorded four tackles, one tackle-for-loss, and scored a TD on a 100-yard interception return in annual spring G-Day game
*Named Biggest Defensive Surprise of the Spring
High School: Tucker, coached by Bill Ballard
*Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Super Southern 100
*Fox Sports Net All-South Third-Team, Rivals.com #9 CB in the nation, Scout.com #22 CB, SuperPrep All-America, PrepStar Top 200
*Earned Coaches Choice All-State honors as a junior punt/kick returner
*Seven punt returns for touchdowns and two kickoffs for touchdowns
*36 receptions for 432 yards and five touchdowns as a junior and almost 500 yards and six rushing scores
*Recorded six interceptions, 46 solo tackles and 20 assists as a junior
*Played basketball and ran track in high school
In the second round of last Saturday’s draft, the Vikings took Phil Loadholt, an offensive tackle out of the University of Oklahoma.
Now I’ll be honest… it’s really hard for me to rate offensive tackles unless they’re bad. It’s easy for me to rate Ryan Cook, because he did things that hurt the Vikings last year. It’s not easy for me to tell you why offensive linemen like Steve Hutchinson are so good…. they just are. You don’t hear Hutch’s name mentioned too often during a game. You don’t see too many commentators circling Hutch when our QB gets sacked. That’s a good thing.
I assumed that the Vikings would take someone to play Right Tackle in the first round, because I knew they weren’t going to take a QB, and apart from QB, right tackle was our biggest weakness. I was a little surprised when they took Harvin, but when they did, I knew that an OT was coming in the next round.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Like I said, I don’t know a lot about Loadholt, but I know he’s BIG.
Ryan Cook, who is currently our starter at that position, is a big guy, but at 6’8″ and close to 335, Loadholt has him by 2 inches and around 10 pounds. He can fill the space well, and according to commentators, he’s an amazing run blocker and a decent pass blocker.
I assume Loadholt will start right away, and I also assume it’ll be an instant upgrade.
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Let’s take a look at what some other people are saying about our first round draft pick.
Harvin’s Skills Could Be Used In Many Ways
Minnesota Wide Receivers Coach George Stewart seems to be excited about working with Percy. He mentioned that Harvin is capable of things that nobody else on the roster is, specifically mentioning the Wildcat formation. Interesting.
Harvin Insists That He Has Matured
In an article for the Star Tribune, Percy insists that he has matured since some of his past “character” issues. Well, I hope so, but can we really buy that from a guy who failed a drug test as recently as the NFL combine?
Another Look at Harvin’s Issues
A writer for Bleacher Report decided to look at some of Harvin’s personal issues, and what they could mean to the Vikings
With the 22nd pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected: Percy Harvin, Wide Reciever, University of Florida
I have to say I was initially a little surprised by this. First of all, I thought the character issues would stop Childress and company from selecting a guy like Harvin. Not only did he get into some trouble as a high school student, but he failed a drug test at the Combine. Second of all, I assumed Childress would go the safe route and pick up an offensive lineman. Obviously the Vikes knew the lineman they wanted would still be around in round 2, so they took the gamble with Percy.
Harvin was an explosive player at Florida. He lined up as not only a wide receiver, but also as a running back.
NFL.com has this to say about his college career:
Harvin was the consummate dual threat at wide receiver and running back for the Gators, amassing 1,929 receiving yards to go with 1,852 yards on the ground. In just 36 games at Florida, he proved to be a dangerous open-field threat, finding the end zone 32 times. His yards per rush average of 9.55 shattered the previous school career record of 6.4 yards by Elijah Williams (1994-97).
I think that if used right, Harvin could make an impact during his rookie season. In my mind, he becomes the #2 or #3 guy right away, and with the attention that Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, and Bernard Berrian will get from opposing defenses, that could lead to Harvin getting some easier coverage. His athleticism and range of talents could also lead to some more creative offensive formations, if Childress is willing to do such things.
Can you imagine a formation with Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson, Visanthe Shiancoe, Bernard Berrian, and Percy Harvin? What kinds of mismatches could the Vikings create by motioning those guys out of their standard formations?
I really hope the Vikes take advantage of these kinds of potentials.
As of this afternoon, the Vikings have signed 14 undrafted rookies. They are:
S Colt Anderson – Montana
RB Kahlil Bell – UCLA
C Jon Cooper – Oklahoma
LB Robert Francois – Boston College
QB Sean Glennon – Virginia Tech
S Devon Hall – Utah State
DT Antoine Holmes – North Carolina State
RB Ian Johnson – Boise State
DT Tremaine Johnson – LSU
G Andy Kemp – Wisconsin
T Bobby Lepori – Fresno State
WR Nick Moore – Toledo
WR Vinny Perretta – Boise State
TE Nick Walker – Alabama
The draft is over, so we’ll spend this week looking into how the Vikings did. Over the course of the week, I’ll give my opinions on each of the players drafted. I’ll also probably look into what other bloggers are saying about the draft, as well as what some of the “experts” are saying.
To start us off, though, let’s look at who we got…
Round 1 – Percy Harvin, WR, Florida (5-11, 192);
Round 2 – Phil Loadholt, T, Oklahoma (6-8, 332);
Round 3 – Asher Allen, CB, Georgia (5-9, 194);
Round 5 – Jasper Brinkley, ILB, South Carolina (6-2, 252);
Round 7 – Jamarca Sanford, S, Ole Miss (5-10, 214)
The Vikings also signed some undrafted free agents:
FS Colt Anderson, Montana
RB Kahlil Bell, UCLA
C Jon Cooper, Oklahoma
LB Robert Francois, Boston College
S DeVon Hall, Utah State
RB Ian Johnson, Boise State
OG Andy Kemp, Wisconsin
WR Vinny Perretta, Boiste State
LB Andy Schantz, Portland State (KFFL)
TE Nick Walker, Alabama
So keep your eye on this blog throughout the week, and we’ll dig into this news a little deeper.
It’s draft day!
Good luck Vikings fans! Baring a trade, I’m still expecting a right tackle in the first round. Just a few more hours and we’ll see if I’m right or not!