Did the Vikings Ace the Draft?
Ever an optimist, Minnesota Vikings fan and KRFO contributor Todd Walkingstick believes the team did a great job during the recent draft. The team really focused on the offensive line, which many perceived to be their biggest need.
Any concerns of first-round disappointment as the Vikings have dealt their fans in the past were alleviated when the team selected guard/center Garrett Bradbury from North Carolina State. "It's not a sexy pick but you need him," Todd states in the conversation we had on-air Monday afternoon. Listen to it below.
Overall, the team generated 12 picks in the draft thanks to several trades. While Walkingstick was happy to give the Vikes an "A." He pointed out that some national organizations didn't rank it that high due to the heavy number of those picks that came in the final two rounds, seven of the 12.
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Minnesota added several offensive linemen, but also had enough picks to bolster other areas of concern. The second round pick was tight end Irv Smith from Alabama, a versatile player that could threaten to take some plays away from receiver Laquon Treadwell according media reports Todd has monitored.
They added depth at running back and wide receiver and picked a couple of defensive linemen, a linebacker and a defensive back. The team's final choice was a long snapping specialist from Air Force.
Todd believes the emphasis on the offensive line shows the team's intents on developing a running game behind Dalvin Cook, a second-round pick from the 2017 draft.
Todd is a Vikings season ticket holder and will be counting down the days to the team's training camp in Eagan and another season of thrills and excitement at US Bank Stadium.