Indy in February? No place Vikings' Spielman would rather be

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 12:01 PM

The Vikings GM can start to hone in on potential draft picks at the NFL combine, which starts Thursday in Indianapolis.

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bruisedupFeb. 21, 13 1:56 AM

With the draft stacked at wide receiver and defensive tackle it will be interesting to see what teams are willing to pay the free agents this year at those positions. The draft is fun but we will have no idea what direction the Vikings take with it until about April 1st when the free agent signing period is a little over two weeds old. The best free agents will mostly be locked up by other teams at that time. The teams that didn't spend the big money will be filling their holes with the free agent leftovers. That's really what the Vikings took in last year (were the leftovers) but it worked because their draft bailed them out. Spielman and his scouts do a good job with the draft but I will be hoping for the Vikings to be a little more aggressive with the free agent spending this year. You can't expect a draft like the last one every year.

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born2playFeb. 21, 13 4:21 AM

Please stop quoting Mel Kiper. Within the scouting milieu, old Trojan helmet head is considered a joke. For crying out loud, he rated Jimmy Clausen as his number one overall prospect that year (as it just happened that a personal friend of his was Clausen's agent) and argued for a half hour last year with Jon Gruden that Russell Wilson would never be a starter! The passing of the baton started years ago: Mike Mayock, Daniel Jeremiah, Bryan Broaddus, Greg Cosell, and Dane Brugler are the guys to follow re the draft. Kiper and McShay, on the other hand, are the Bert and Ernie of prospect evaluating.

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commentariatFeb. 21, 13 5:12 AM

Why does everyone insist that the Vikings' draft last year was so great after one season? So, the Ponder draft is still a "work in progress" but we can go ahead a chalk up last year's draft as the greatest in NFL history, is that the way it works? And that's despite Josh Robinson was every bit the equivalent to Asher Allen, an injury-prone Greg Childs got injured, Rhett Ellison caught seven passes all year and had his offensive role usurped by Jerome Felton, and Robert Blanton, Audie Cole, and Trevor Guyton weren't active for a single game. Those who think the Vikings' draft was so incredible really need to put the Kool Aid down and take a look at what the Colts, Seahawks, Redskins, and Buccaneers did with their draft.

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TabarnooshFeb. 21, 13 6:26 AM

Please not Te'o. Good college player but that's about it. Plus who needs the circus. I would rather take Tebow as a FA over drafting Te'o. At least he doesn't melt under pressure. And if someone doesn't think last years draft was great you either don't follow football much or you just habitually hate Speilman and anything less than a Superbowl win is cause to fire everyone.

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bruisedupFeb. 21, 13 7:56 AM

commentariat: The Vikings drafted one player in Kalil who helped their offensive line tremendously, they drafted one player in Harrison Smith who helped their special teams tremendously, and they drafted one player in Welsh who helped their special teams tremendously. There are also other picks in that Vikes draft who have a good chance of contributing this coming year. Drafts don't get much better than that. There is also no way to compare our draft to the other teams you mentioned because too much of those teams good picks where quarterbacks and running backs and the Vikings didn't target those positions. Drafting Andrew Luck will make your draft. Also: Any team that hits on a quarterback in a draft had a successful draft almost regardless of whoever else they drafted but I don't see any chance that Indy or Washington were going to miss on that one to begin with while drafting #1 and #2 overall. I will add that Washington has always been draft happy with quarterbacks so they made a good mid round pick of another quarterback and Seattle made a good mid round QB pick. That made their drafts right there.

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bruisedupFeb. 21, 13 7:58 AM

I meant to say that Harrison Smith helped the defensive secondary tremendously.

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siouxchampFeb. 21, 13 8:13 AM

Justin Hunter will probably blow it up at the Combine, and jump into the 1st round. For WR's I say stay away from Keenan Allen. I like either TENN WR as our 1st pick.

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siouxchampFeb. 21, 13 9:32 AM

Maybe we can pass up one of the BEST Deep threat WR's in the game called Torry Smith in the 2nd round and instead draft a RB that sits on the bench called Toby Gerhart. Maybe we can also use a 12th overall pick on so called Pro-ready QB called Ponder, intead of drafting a qb project called Dalton or Kaepernick a round later. This is why the Draft is SO FUN TO WATCH! Our worst picks in the past 6 years, 1. Ponder 2. Gerhart 3. Cook in that order.

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bruisedupFeb. 21, 1311:09 AM

siouxchamp, you just brought up the names of Ponder, Gerhart, and Cook, and referred to them as if they were complete busts. That just isn't accurate. Ponder and Cook are both starters and the reason Gerhart doesn't start is because he has superman (Adrian Peterson) playing in front of him. Also, one reason the Vikes probably passed on Torry Smith is because they drafted Percy Harvin a year earlier. Spielman was involved in both the Harvin and Peterson picks. I was openly printing my hopes that the Vikes draft Kaepernick before they drafted Ponder but it was also my understanding that the biggest reason we lost to Green Bay in the playoffs this past year is because Ponder was injured. It's also nice to have Cook line up with the tall wide receivers. What gives with the negative statements?

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dch6859Feb. 21, 1311:11 AM

SIOUXCHAMP Vikings 2 worst picks in last 6 years are Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier, then those players you listed.

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