Draft grades are nearly impossible to give out, because no matter how much film or game tape one has on a player, they don’t know how that is going to translate into the next level. There are too many examples of players who are still on the board in the later rounds that end up being great for anyone to say, this team or that team has had a good or bad draft moments after it happens. We can only assess a team’s draft after those late round surprises and first round busts sort themselves out over the next few years.
In saying that, I would give the Vikings a B after the first two days of the draft. It’s tough to give them credit for Matt Kalil, but it is easy to give Spielman credit for high-jacking a few extra picks from Cleveland and drafting the guy they wanted all along. In the Brown’s defense, they had the extra picks and if Richardson was their guy, why not make sure you get him.
I also give Spielmen credit for using those extra picks to jump into the end of the first round and just like what Cleveland did, the Vikings made sure they got the guy they wanted. Unlike Cleveland, Harrison Smith most likely would have been available when the Vikings drafted in the second round.
The corner back they grabbed (Josh Robinson) in round three is supposed to be the fastest defensive back in the draft. Though, as a Vikings fan, we all know speed does not equal success. Does the name Troy Williamson ring a bell? We’ve been told the Vikings didn’t reach on Robinson and actually got some great value with the pick. So three picks in, what do we know about the Vikings draft after two days? The additions look good on paper and Spielmen’s been patted on the back for his moves. What don’t we know? Everything else, but speculating is too much fun to pass up.
Favre announced that he plans on staying retired, leaving the Vikings a little disheveled and possibly heart broken. “He’s gone his way, and we’ve gone our way,” Childress said after meeting with both Jackson and Rosenfels earlier in the day. He’s right, the Vikings need to move on and work with what they have. What they have for the third straight season is not a legitimate starting quarterback.
Even with Favre, the position would have been a question mark, making it baffling as to why the Vikings didn’t look at a few other options. Instead, they choose to put all their eggs in the Favre basket. A basket that tends to waver. A basket that tends to wait until the last minute to make decisions. A basket that has burned the Vikings and left them in a familiar position. It is an uncomfortable position that the supporters and the players of the club are all too familiar with.
Favre never made sense other than he knew the offense, used to be great and could sell tickets. On the field, he’s an aging quarterback who wasn’t going to be much of an upgrade. Yes, he still has a strong arm, but he doesn’t like being hit, he hasn’t played well in the cold for years, has always loved the interception and was going to bring a lot of baggage to a team that had Super Bowl aspirations.
Their begging of Favre to play has left them with two quarterbacks who don’t feel wanted—not that they should. But now they are stuck with them and have to lean on them to lead the team.
I don’t think the Favre saga is over, but I think it should be. Favre will start talking again after watching Jackson and Rosenfels share snaps for the first four weeks as the team struggles to find it’s footing. I hope Childress ignores his calls, because at the end of the day, is Favre the upgrade the Vikings need?