Well, I got good news and bad news. The good news is that the Minnesota Vikings still suck and are picking third in the NFL draft. Barring getting ourselves Spielman'd, we're going to end up with a pretty awesome player that's going to be able to help immediately on this team, which means ... five wins in 2012? SUCCESS! The bad news? All that #Blowing4Blackmon may have been in vain.
ProFootballWeekly.com has released an early mock draft, and for Vikings fans hoping to see a reincarnation of Randy Moss in purple will be disappointed. Currently, PFT has the mock draft falling Indianapolis picking Andrew Luck, then St. Louis picking Justin Blackmon. And the Vikings?
3. Minnesota Vikings
After Bryant McKinnie was sent packing, Charlie Johnson stepped into the starting lineup and servicably got through the season, but the chance to land a premium left tackle does not come along often, and Kalil can protect Christian Ponder's blind side for years to come — a safe way for GM Rick Spielman to protect his investment in the team's quarterback of the future.
*Insert Obama "Not Bad" face*
Despite the flash that is Blackmon, I am totally OK with this move. If the Vikings ended up with Kalil, that would be good news. Marcus Johnson's fat ass could move inside and solidify a shaky Hutchinson (who might be cut anyway) or Hererra, if he's even still around. Also? He'd be around for, like, ten years, which means one of the most important positions in football would be addressed by the Vikings with a hand-wave each off season, saying, "Oh, yeah, we're good at left tackle, we have Kalil." HOW AWESOME WOULD THAT BE??! Seriously, I never felt that way about McKinnie even though he was gifted that position because Brad Childress was lazy and bald.
The other benefit here is that the way PFT breaks down the mock draft so far, there are still PLENTY of good players that would be available at the top end of the second round, players that could potential even start for our shit squad. Specifically, I'm eyeing Alfonzo Dennard, CB from Nebraska, or even Alshon Jeffries, WR from South Carolina who reminds me of another Gamecock receiver the Vikings drafted in the second round.
Moral of the story? If the Vikings end up with Matt Kalil with the third pick, we'd be doing ourselves an unsexy but reliable favor, and likely positioning ourselves for success both later in the draft and for many years going forward. So much so, that it seems VERY un-Vikings like, which is exactly why it also won't happen. Hahaha, we are hilarious!
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We totally need Kalil... even if we had the No. 2 pick and could pick Blackmon or Kalil, I would say Kalil. First, wide receiver is one of the hardest positions to accurately predict. The last super-stud college WR that was actually a success in the NFL was probably Calvin Johnson (drafted in 2007) and before him, probably Randy Moss (drafted in 1998). (AJ Green has the potential to be the next one). Other than that there have been a lot of big-time college receivers that crashed and burned (*cough* Troy Williamson *cough*) and an equal number of "where the hell did that guy come from" WRs (Victor Cruz (undrafted last year), Brandon Marshall (4th round), Steve Smith (3rd), Pierre Garcon (6th), Greg Jennings (2nd), Vincent Jackson (2nd), Wes Welker (undrafted), DeSean Jackson (2nd)).
Second, we need a LT (any LT, let alone an ELITE LT) much more than we need a receiver. I know our receiver corps overall is pretty bad... but we still got Percy, Shank, and Rudolph. With a good line and Purple Jesus, that's enough to be a good or even great offense.
@Lakeville Mikey Shank is a free agent, yes? I hope they re-sign him and stop being morons in using their tight ends. Shank would be awesome in a Gronkowski-esque role.
@PJD Is he? Well shit. Thankfully, for us, he seems to be incredibly underappreciated in the current NFL (which is surprising, since the is clearly the age of tight ends). Anyway, my point is very good wide receivers can be had in the later rounds , but generally speaking, an elite LT is never found outside of the first 5 picks.
I hate to say it, but the Vikings need to start employing the Packers philosophy (*shiver*) of drafting the best player on the board, rather than drafting solely on need. Other than Andrew Luck, Kalil is the best player available in the draft. Maybe Blackmon will be the next Megatron, but recent history indicates it's just as likely that he'll be the next Michael Crabtree.
I love me some BLACKMAN and he'd be awesome for us, but I think Kalil has gotta be the pick. It's the smartest and safest way to go...
Which means it probably won't happen.
@CollegeWolf "Which means it probably won't happen." Yep... knowing our luck, Blackmon won't get picked by the Rams, we'll be entertaining trade offers until the clock expires and neglect to make a pick (again), Kalil will get selected, we'll draft Blackmon and he'll trip and break his leg on the way up to the podium to hold up jersey and never play football again.
No surprise here that @CollegeWolf likes black men. But why stop there? He likes any man in general, I'm sure.