Draft Day 3: Wrapping it Up

The Vikings made it an even split between offense and defense on day 3 of the draft.

On the defensive side, the big pick was DE Everson Griffen, a large talent whose commitment often came into question in college.

Griffen has the potential to be a starter some day, especially if the Vikes and Ray Edwards end up parting ways. But he also has the potential to be an even bigger headache than Edwards.

Linebacker was the other position the Vikes addressed heavily on day 3, taking Gopher Nate Triplett and Ryan D’Imperio of Rutgers. Neither figures to be much in the mix this year, but with Ben Leber coming to the end of his contract, who knows what either of them might be down the road.

Offensively, the Vikes addressed the lack of offensive line depth by drafting Wake Forest guard Chris DeGeare.

They also added to their receiver corps by taking UAB’s Joe Webb, who played quarterback in college, but will not be getting any action behind center in Minnesota.

Rounding out the picks was tight end Mickey Shuler of Penn State. Again, don’t expect to see much from this guy in the near-term.

Like I said, Griffen is the guy to keep an eye on as a potential starter. The rest of these fellows? They fill out the training camp roster nicely and some may even make the practice squad.

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  • Mike

    I am now on record against Vikings passing on next Ronnie Lott

    The Vikings will come to regret their first pick, passing on free safety Taylor Mays (who was needed to replace Madieu Williams in their zone D). Instead, they reached to get to cornerback Chris Cook. I agree they needed a corner but I would have traded up to get Cook in middle second round, and passed on Toby Gerhart (a wish of RB coach Eric Bienemy). DE Griffen was a good value pick in the fourth. But OT Chris Degeare in the fifth and WR Joe Webb in the sixth were low rated. If they didn’t think Albert Young was a good enough power back, instead of Gerhart, I would have taken in the fifth round an almost as high rated power RB from Jonathan Dwyer, Anthony Dixon or Charles Scott. Then, they could have drafted a different offensive lineman in the sixth round and pass on Webb if they couldn’t get him in the seventh.

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