2010 NFL Draft one year later: Minnesota Vikings

I am going to have to knock the Minnesota Vikings for trading away their first round pick, to a division rival no less, and not using their first round pick on QB Colt McCoy (which may have been a reach). Worse than that they cost themselves a third round pick moving up in the second to select RB Toby Gerhart. That third round pick could have been McCoy, with great value, and could have added something to this club. I think Brad Childress had a very arrogant view of his roster and failed to improve his team.

A quick look at the 2010 Vikings draft class:

  • Round Two- DB Chris Cook
  • Round Two- RB Toby Gerhart
  • Round Four- DE Everson Griffen
  • Round Five- OG Chris DeGeare
  • Round Five- LB Nate Triplett
  • Round Six- QB Joe Webb
  • Round Seven- TE Michael Shuler
  • Round Seven- RB Ryan D’Imperio

So Cook had two bad knees, and those knees ended his season after he racked up 21 tackles. Gerhart carried the ball 81 times for 322 yards as the back up to Adrian Paterson. Griffen had 11 tackles in a reserve role. DeGeare started the final five games. Triplett was cut in training camp and caught on with the Indianapolis Colts. Webb was a converted wide out who went 1-1 as the starting QB. Shuler was cut in September and ended up with the Miami Dolphins, and D’Imperio was cut then signed to the practice squad.

So two of these men were cut, all of them failed to deliver much impact, and none of them is starter ready. That is a bad draft class anyway we chose to slice it. The man responsible for this class is gone, but its failure to impact will be felt in the short term. Right now I have to give this class a failing grade, but there is still a small amount of upside here.

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