Minnesota Vikings

2010 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings' Draft Appears To Be Going Downhill...Fast

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Running back Toby Gerhart of Stanford runs with the football during practice drills  during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Andy RAnalyst IApril 24, 2010

The Minnesota Vikings came into this draft with several big needs, including defensive back, quarterback, and offensive lineman.

With two second-round picks after trading out of the first round to the Detroit Lions for the Lions' second-round pick, seventh-round pick, and swapping fourth-round picks, the Vikings' draft appeared to be heading in the right direction.

The Vikings' first pick, 34 overall, they selected cornerback Chris Cook. I was all in favor of drafting Chris Cook, but I didn't think it would be this early.

At 6'2" and 212 pounds, Cook is a big cornerback with good coverage skills. Not only that, but he can possibly play safety.

Overall, I think this is a good pick for the Vikings.

After that pick, Vikings fans didn't have to wait too long before another future Viking name was called, Stanford running back Toby Gerhart.

That's right, the Vikings selected a running back to replace third-down specialist Chester Taylor in the second round, showing how much they value another running back behind Adrian Peterson.

I disagree with this pick on many levels. The first of which is what they gave up to get Gerhart.

The Vikings reportedly gave up their second-round and third-round picks to move up 11 spots to draft Gerhart.

Was the need really that big?

They probably could have stayed pat and drafted Gerhart late in the second round anyway. I call this a wasted pick.

Next, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was sitting right there for them to take. Now, the Vikings have to wait until the fourth round to find a quarterback of the future.

I don't know what to think, other than the Vikings have really screwed up their draft.

I doubt they needed to move up to draft Gerhart, but I could be wrong. I thought they may have more pressing needs, like drafting an offensive lineman to open holes for Adrian Peterson.

Peterson was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage more than any other back in the NFL.

Enough said.

While I have no doubt that Gerhart will make some highlight plays, I'm not sure he's worth a second-round and third-round pick.

From the way things look thus far, it could be an ugly draft for the Vikings.

 

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