PJD is on vacation. During this time, we've decided we'll take a quick look at potential Minnesota Vikings draft picks for the second or later rounds. With so many needs and so many draft picks to get this team back to a place where we can at least pretend they are respectable, we'll have plenty of ground to cover. Let us know what you think of each prospect in the comments, and whether or not they'd be a good fit or impact player, and of course if you can think of a funny nickname for them.
Today, we check out South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
From ESPN's analysis (because everyone everywhere sucks at draft prospecting anyway, why not use them?):
Overall Football Traits
Wide Receiver Specific Traits
I like Alshon Jeffery for our play-making receiver that we draft this year. He'd be a real good get in the 2nd round, which he'll likely slip to around our pick, as he's also the 44th highest rated prospect. The guy has great size (6'4") and has kept his weight down going into the combine (around 215 or so, down from 230+). He was dynamic in the SEC his last two years of college, and could potentially develop into that go-to receiver the Vikings need opposite Percy and ... I don't know, let's keep with Michael Jenkins. The key will be what his speed ends up being, but having watched him play a couple of times, I'm not super worried about it.
What I am worried about? Whether Alshon turns into a Troy Williamson instead of a Sidney Rice, both Game"cocks" alums. PLEASEBESIDNEYRICEMINUSTHEBITCHASSNESS!
What say you?
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How dare you go on vacation!!! Heresy! I guess we could do worse than get him in the second round. Another SC Wideout kinda scares me, but let's pray he's more Squid than Troy...
He'd be an OK get in the second round. I don't know too much about him, but the only time I saw him play was in the bowl game against Nebraska last year, where he was mostly held in check my Alfonzo Dennard (and physical press type of corner). He also got ejected from that game because Dennard was physical enough with him that he got frustrated and threw a punch (Dennard threw a punch too and also got ejected). I'm a bit worried that if he got that frstrated by Dennard (who is probably only above average in terms of NFL talent), how will he react to the elite CBs in the NFL.
@Lakeville Mikey We'll cover Dennard a little later this week, but to be fair, Fonzo would be a great corner for us. He might be as good if not better than Prince Amukamara, former Husker and 1st round CB pick for the Giants last year.
I watched that bowl game too. Nebraska played like butt hole, but Alshon stepped up and had a huge game, especially that jump ball for a TD at the end of the half, so give him credit there. I'll have to check combine info on him, but taking him (or another wide receiver prospect) in the 2nd round seems like a smart way to go for the Vikes.