The Vikings spent the last of their 4th round compensation picks (which were received from the free agent losses in Sidney Rice and Ray Edwards) on Arkansas wide receiver Greg Childs at 134th overall. What is with all of these Arkansas wide receivers to the Vikings? Are they building a new motorcycle factory in Winter Park?
A quick cliff notes version on Childs is he’s a big-bodied wide receiver at 6’3″ and 220 lbs. Childs is capable of fighting off press coverage, has excellent body control downfield, understands his role when asked to block and (similar to recent pick Jarius Wright) is a very good route runner. So why didn’t this guy go higher? About a year ago there was belief that Childs would have been a possible first round pick, yet he tore his patellar tendon and the recovery from that injury was very slow. Still he healed to compete in the combine as well as Arkansas’s Pro Day.
Going into the draft one of the Vikings wishes was to get a big-bodied red zone target. So is Childs the answer? Only time will tell.
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