Mark Craig: Taking a guess at how the Vikings graded out during the draft

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  • Updated: May 2, 2011 - 11:33 PM

Mark Craig: Taking a guess at how the Vikings graded out during the draft

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quickdropMay. 2, 11 9:06 PM

Injuries couldn't possibly plague this offensive line to the extent it did last year again, could it?

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hilgenbergMay. 3, 11 7:51 AM

With Hutchinson and Herrera back from injuries and youthful third year starters Loadholt and Sullivan still improving,the OL could be average this year.

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drewman3414May. 3, 1110:42 AM

here is what i love most,they will start ponder this year and if he flops and we go 4-12 then we may land the #1 pick and will use it on the qb that would have been the #1 pick had he come out this year andrew luck.ponder can back him up if it comes to that.or maybe ponder who is a quick learner does well and sneaks us in the playoffs and we have our franchise qb.at least the new head coach has enough commen sense to build around a qb not the other way around,and to stop bringing in has beens.thank you leslie!!!!!

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bluthyMay. 3, 1112:13 PM

A more healthy OL and the double TE formation will help the QB and OL to recognize blocking assignments.

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garymoore012May. 3, 11 2:39 PM

"Here's a few snap judgments on NFL draft acumen, which won't matter much..." Yes, you might have quit right there while you were ahead. Anyone who guesses at how good an NFL draft was the week afterward should take up astrology. Evaluations should come after the results stemming from the subject event provide historical data for analysis. Explain to us again, Mark, your published assessment of Bill Belichick's coaching potential from 1995. Let's just guess right now for the fun of it that your foresight and talent evaluation did not exceed that of Bill Parcells afterall.

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code3gtMay. 3, 11 3:48 PM

It all starts with a good GM talent evaluator. Unfortunately Spielman is not the guy to get the job done. What did he do in Miami except set them back 5years? Championships are won with Dominant O-Lines/D-Lines. The Vikes have neither. The O-line hasn't been addressed in over 3 years, yet the 2009 NFC CHampionship Game was embarrassing how poorly the O-Line played. The very next year they draft a G in the 5th rd?? Favre drops back 16 times during the first half of the Detroit game and is knocked down 15 times? The very next year they pass on a Pro Bowl calibre DT and Center for a second rate,2nd rd QB? I guess the Center in the 6th rd will sure up the line... what a joke of draft..

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code3gtMay. 3, 11 3:56 PM

Sept 25th 2011 It's 3rd & 9 after 9 men are stacked in the box on 1st and 2nd down. Ponder drops back to pass, Suh & Fairley sack Ponder after they walk past Sullivan, who is grabbing his calf. Way to go braintrust! Vikes in last place 2-14 with wins over Arizona and Carolina.

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rho1953May. 3, 11 5:30 PM

A change in the coaching staff necessarily means a change in direction. Frazier isn't going to see the same thing that Childress saw or want the same players. So that means it will take time, several drafts and offseasons' to change the team into what he wants. That is just the way it works. They will be in transition for severaL years. Rarely will a coach come in and win a title with the talent on hand. Gruden is the only one that comes to mind.

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code3gtMay. 3, 11 7:56 PM

Frazier, a defensive minded coach, passed on Fairley, a blue chip draft pick? I guarantee what happened was Spielman saw Gabbert on the board at 9 and when the Jags jumped up to take him, he panicked. It was too late to trade down and they stupidly reached for a 2nd rd talent. It's laughable if any other team had Ponder ahead of Fairley. Reminds me of when Green passed on Sapp and took D.A. and when he passed on Jevon Kearse for Culpepper.

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jmak79May. 3, 11 8:44 PM

Top teams build their lines late in the draft, look at the Patriots line. Solid picks and Frazier will put people to work. Unlike colonel klink, he has been to a superbowl and won!

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