23 overall, WR, Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
The pick fills a need.
Does it matter that Treadwell ran a slower time at the Combine? I don’t know. Troy Williamson. That’s all I’ll say because he makes all Vikings’ fans want to stab themselves in the hand with an ice pick. The funny thing is, we’d still be able to catch a ball better than Williamson.
Side-note: I have a Williamson jersey. I bought it after a 100-yard game he had against the Panthers. I’ve made a lot of bad investments. Fantasy sports. Creatine that I still have from 2011. Alcohol. Trading cards. This jersey ranks No. 1.
I’ve always been a big fan of you know, just like watching players play football and stuff and seeing if they are good. But I realize college football and the NFL are totally different.
It doesn’t seem like too long ago when Treadwell was considered a top-10 pick, so getting him at 23 is a steal.
Plus, the dude handled himself like a total professional after being drafted. Maybe he didn’t scream and shout, but he brought his daughter to the stage and I don’t know the guy, but he seems pretty mature and responsible for someone who was born in 1995 (my god I’m old).
With him and Stefon Diggs, you’re giving Teddy Bridgewater some options. That plus playing indoors puts Bridgewater on the hot seat more than anyone.
54 overall, CB, Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
Does he spell his first name wrong? I don’t know. I ate Doritos for dinner last night, so I’m not here to judge anyone.
The biggest concern is that Alexander didn’t have any interceptions last season. That’s fair. But from everything I’ve read, he didn’t let anyone catch a damn ball either, which is pretty important as a corner, my sources tell me.
The Vikings are deep at corner with Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn. Rhodes is a stud, but Newman is getting older, Captain has been up and down and the jury is still out on Waynes.
According to Pro Football Focus, Alexander was the fifth best pick in the draft? What does that mean? I DON’T KNOW BUT WE LOVE STUFF LIKE THIS SO YAY!
121 overall, OT, Willie Beavers, Western Michigan
I don’t know anything about Willie Beavers besides the fact that his name is really awesome or really unfortunate. I can’t tell yet.
It sounds like Beavers is more of a project than anything. He’s probably not going to be a guy who contributes anything this season, but probably next season when Matt Kalil signs with the Cardinals and is awesome.
Personally, I would have liked the team to go after someone who could help win now, perhaps a safety, but you also have to look 12 months down the line. Probably the smart move, not necessarily the sexy move, similiar to wearing your jacket to the bar in the winter.
160 overall, LB, Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
In the fifth round, the Vikings snagged inside linebacker Kentrell Brothers. Not a huge fan of this pack, but then again, I didn’t watch Brothers play one down in college. I’m basing all of my information on what others tell me and whatever I dig up on the internet.
Brothers ran a 4.89 40-yard dash, which ranked 27 out of 31 linebackers in the draft, so that’s not promising. At all.
He did have 152 combined tackles last season playing in the SEC, though, so maybe there’s something. Probably a special teams guy at best.
180 overall, WR, Moritz Böhringer, Germany
GET YOUR No. 81 JERSEYS OUT!
Was this a “gimmick” pick? Maybe, but who the hell cares? It was a sixth-round pick.
There’s the unknown because he’s from Germany, but most of us have some German in us and we turned out OK.
If Boehringer played any other position, he would have been picked higher. The dude ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 39 inches (close to how tall you need to be to ride the Wild Thing at Valley Fair).
According to NFL.com, Boehringer is a “hand catcher” which seems like a good thing to be.
He hasn’t played football for that long, but that might be a good thing. As Ben Franklin once said, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”
And you’d much rather keep Boehringer than deal with Cordarrelle Patterson for another year, right?
A friend of mine who went to the University of Tennessee told me that the Vikings were getting one hell of an athlete with Patterson, maybe the best he’s ever seen.
“But he’s going to drive you absolutely crazy. Just kind of does whatever he wants.”
Ding, ding, ding!
188 overall, TE, David Morgan, Texas-San Antonio
This is the only photo I could find of Morgan. If this picture is any sign on his future with the team, well, I don’t like his chances. With Kyle Rudolph, MyCole Pruitt and Rhett Ellison still under contract, I really don’t like his chances.
But he was the first University of Texas-San Antonio player to to be drafted into the NFL. So yay!
Still waiting on Tim Riggins.
227 overall, OLB, Stephen Weatherly, Vanderbilt
Weatherly can play both outside linebacker and defensive end and in today’s NFL, that’s important.
According to NFL.com, his NFL comparison is Quanterus Smith and I don’t know who that is.
This might not end well.
244 overall, S, Jayron Kearse, Clemson
His uncle is Jevon Kearse, so he kind of already wins.
But read this note from NFL.com:
“He’s a big guy, but he just doesn’t make many plays. You see him out there just drifting around sometimes and you just wish he had the same attitude and fire that the rest of that defense has because he could be so much better. Do you draft him on traits and hope your coaches reach him?”
Hope your coaches reach him? Did you just double dare Mike Zimmer? THAT SOUNDS LIKE A DOUBLE DARE AND MIKE ZIMMER ACCEPTS!
He probably won’t make the team, but it’s worth a try, especially since he will have a little bit of familiarity with Alexander.
That’s all I’ve got, friends. Talk to you soon.