Draft day is nearing, and what are the Vikings planning to do? The most obvious would be to draft USC’s big LT Matt Kalil. Another option could be to take Justin Blackmon, a WR from Oklahoma State…and then there’s Morris Claiborne. Claiborne is a shut-down corner from LSU, much like his former teammate, Patrick Peterson. Claiborne is considered a better cover corner then Peterson(Who was taken 5th overall last year by the Arizona Cardinals), although he is not considered to be as athletic, but that’s just because Peterson is a freak of nature when it comes to athletic ability.
Now, the point of this article is to point out something that many people have not thought about. Frazier used to be a Defensive Coordinator, so he takes lots of pride in his defense. Multiple times this year he called out his secondary for their poor play, specifically Cedric Griffin, although many others were at guilt as well. The current Vikings corner backs look like this:
Cedric Griffin: Speed challenged, gets burned on every single route, but is good in run support.
Chris Cook: Very talented, but he has problems with the law, and its somewhat injury-prone.
Asher Allen: No comment.
Antoine Winfield: Solid corner, good but not great coverage skills, and great in run support. Somewhat injury-prone, and hes old.
Brandon Burton: Rookie, could become something, but didn’t show much this year.
Marcus Sherels: Primarily a punt-returner, didn’t show much potential at corner back.
Benny Sapp: Most likely gone, but did have a few nice plays this year.
As you can see, this group isn’t exactly a talented one, and Morris Claiborne could start changing that, and I can assure you that Mr. Frazier is aware of this. In the end, the decision will be up to Spielman, but Frazier could push for Claiborne. Personally, I could live with either Kalil or Claiborne, I just hope that if we do get one of them they will not be busts and will improve our team.
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