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 look at Nebraska outside linebacker Lavonte David, part two of the "Swag Patrol" with Nebraska cornerback, Alfonzo Dennard.
From ESPN's analysis, which is getting pretty repetative even for me:
Overall Football Traits
Outside Linebacker Specific Traits
As we've already established, I love Nebraska football more than I love my own mother. It is no joke. As a stupid cornhead I will tell you this about Lavonte David: In the two years he spent at Nebraska, transferring as a JUCO player, he EASILY became one of the best linebackers to ever play at Nebraska, and that's saying something. In fact, I almost might be understating his value. Rather, he may end up being of the best overall defenders at Nebraska, and that puts him in the conversation with greats Ndamukong Suh, Grant Wistron, the Peters brothers, and many, many, many others. David is that good, and I would - no joke - shit my pants if he became a Viking. The only reason he probably won't is because he'd play a position that the Vikings already seem to have players they like committed to. David would be an OUTSTANDING outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense, being able to cover a tight end with ease, shadow running backs in the flats, cause turn overs like a true playmaker, GREENWAY, and wrack up more tackles than Jeremy Lin could count to. Unfortunately, he'd be a perfect replacement to Chad Greenway. In fact, he might - in two or three years - be better than Chad Greenway, in my opinion, which is exactly why we probably won't draft him, since we just signed a white guy to a huge contract. WHAT. THE. HELL.
David would be a HUGE get in the 3rd round for the Vikings, and could take Erin Henderson's spot or back-up Greenway, if the Vikings were smart. Haha, jokes on all of us, because Rick Spielman is running this draft, and I want to tear my toe nails off because of it. Kill me.
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I'm as much of a Nebraska homer as PJD, so take the following comments with a HUGE grain of salt...
I LOVE THIS GUY. He is fairly undersized for a linebacker, but he plays bigger than a lot of defensive lineman. He's rangey as fuck (a term I just made up to mean he can cover the entire damn field in the blink of an eye). The evaluations WAAAAAYYYY undersell him. He's just instinctual. If he's available in the third round, we NEED to take him. I really hope Erin Henderson ends up being lost to free agency (I don't know why he would be, but here's hoping), then we would be compelled to take him.
I would be the happiest guy in the world if we end up drafting Dennard in the 2nd round and David in the 3rd. GBR!
Whoa, this guy looks studly. I like. Screw our other needs, let's get him. He sounds really good though... I hope Spielman doesn't take him in the first round instead of Kalil.