5 wins in 20 games... simply stunning. On pace for 40 wins, which I'm pretty sure is what I set the over-under at earlier this year...
The last 12 months the Minnesota pro sports scene has been an absolute train wreck. I was hoping the Gophs could at least ease some of the pain with nat. champ. #6, but nooooooo, they had to go down in flames as well.
Don't know or follow college football so I don't know squat about him.
Looking at this video, he reminds me of Sidney Rice... not blazing fast but has deceptive speed... Good size and hands.
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.
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.
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.
Jarius Wright looks like a backup slot guy behind Harvin. Someone who can lineup in the slot when Harvin moves to the backfield etc or when Harvin needs a break. He will also likely return punts.
His lack of size is more of a problem than it is for Harvin, as he is no where near as solidly built. He's going to struggle against physical corners.
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.
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.
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.
I'm fairly happy with this draft, and it has been a number of years since I have said that about my Vikings ( I think 2008 was last time I really liked it)
Kalil is the guy I wanted in our opening spot, parlaying that into 3 additional later picks is cool, but nothing special. As an O-lineman appreciator, I love the pick and how it naturally fills 2 spots on the line.
Harrison Smith is a good take. Any talent we can get at the safety position is a help right now. Hopefully he becomes solid back there.
I wanted the team to trade back into the 2nd round and pick up Stephon Hill, just for his physical measureables and potential, but if Greg Childs is healthy, I think he can turn into a pretty darn good WR as well. Could end up being Steal of the Draft.
Going into camp now, we have some battles to look forward to in the WR and CB spots. It seems like there are a number of depth players there now, but still lacking the true top-level talents at those skill positions. LB also appears to be lacking depth with EJ not re-signed.
Vikings have 2 immediate starters, and a possible 4 starters overall from this draft if things work out.
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.
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.
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.
Why are we paying this soft clown - most overrated player in the league - almost $15M a year?
We should have gotten rid of him (Blue Jays would have liked to have a Canadian former league MVP), kept Cuddy and made the Willingham signing, possibly the only bright spot for the club in the last 16 months.
This team is so bad they may break the all time worst record for the club at this rate.