The great thing about being a really good football team is it gives the front office flexibility in the draft. The Vikings traded out of the first round, and were still able to address their needs. Being a good team they can also look for very specific guys for very specific roles. With their first pick in the draft 34th overall the Vikes took CB Chris Cook. At 6-2 and 212 pound he instantly becomes the biggest corner at the Vikings roster, and he will be counted on to make a splash as a rookie on special teams.
With the 51st pick in this draft teh Vikings added RB Toby Gerhart to back up Adrian Peterson. They traded away two picks to move up 11 spots to get their man, and he will be counted on not only as a backup but as a fail safe should Peterson continue to have fumbling issues. Gerhart has good pass catching skills, and he is an excellent addition to the roster.
DE Everson Griffen was the team’s pick in the fourth round, and OL Chris DeGeare was their fifth round pick. These four men are virtual locks to make the roster, but the remaining four picks are project picks that will have to work hard to make the 53 man roster. With that being said here is a look at the initial grades for the 2010 Vikings draft class:
•Round Two (34)- B, a pretty solid pick who should help the Vikings secondary
•Round Two (51)- A, The Vikes offense could use a guy like Gerhart
•Talent- B, two pretty good prospects that should get time to develop on a very good roster
•Need- B, I am a little surprised they didn’t lock up a young QB prospect Joe Webb figures to be a Wide out
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