NFL Draft 2012: Vikings Draft Arkansas WR Greg Childs to Pair with Jarius Wright

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IApril 28, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Greg Childs #85 of the Arkansas Razorbacks against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After drafting Jarius Wright with the 118th pick, the Minnesota Vikings have now drafted Greg Childs. Both Wright and Childs played at Arkansas, where Tyler Wilson was their quarterback.

It was clear to many people that the Vikings were going to target at least one receiver in the fourth round—and they have done just that.

Childs missed several games last year for the Razorbacks, but he still went on to catch 21 balls for 240 yards.

Childs' best days as a Razorback were in his sophomore season when he caught 48 passes for 897 yards and seven touchdowns.

Clearly, the production isn't quite there for Greg Childs, but this is more of a pick that is based off of the tremendous potential he has. Reuniting him with his former teammate is another bonus that will help both Childs and Wright.

Due to his potential, Childs was at one time considered to be a first-round pick. However, injury concerns hampered any of those chances.

The best part of Childs' game is that cornerbacks aren't able to match his size. At 6'3", 220 pounds, Childs uses his body to shield off defenders, to make easy catches.

Childs also has some of the most reliable hands in the entire 2012 draft. While he wasn't the biggest part of Tyler Wilson's success in 2011, Childs never let him down when a play needed to be made.

Childs has great length, versatility and strength, but his injury concerns may always hover above his head. However, if Childs can stay healthy, he has potential to be an eventual starter.

In my opinion, this is a great value pick for the Vikings. Childs is likely the last receiver that Minnesota plans on taking in the draft. I expect them to address their front-seven on defense.