May 9, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman (left), linebacker Anthony Barr, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and head coach Mike Zimmer (right) pose for pictures at Winter Park Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

“Cover 32″ Says Vikings 2014 Draft Class Was 3rd Worst

The Minnesota Vikings 2014 draft class was what experts called one of the best draft classes of the year.  Minnesota once again landed two first round draft picks and obtained (arguably) the second best pass rusher and (debateably) the best quarterback in the class.  Yet, the media likes the nitpick and try to find things wrong with anything.

One outspoken webpage that really didn’t like what the Vikings did in the draft was Cover 32.  In an article called “Power Rankings: Rating the draft for each NFL team from 1-32“, the unnamed author listed only as Cover 32 Staff dumped on the Vikings draft in one of the most hardcore ways.  Here is the excerpt about the Vikings from the article:

“30. Minnesota Vikings – Some people loved what the Vikings did, but it didn’t dazzle me; a team should get a better haul with two first-round picks (see Cleveland). Anthony Barr is a guy who teams fell in love with because of his measurables; I’d like him to be more of a “football player.” And Teddy Bridgewater has the makings of another bust at quarterback for Minnesota. Trading back into the first round to grab him was a mistake.”

Oct 18, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles with the ball during the second half of play against the UCF Knights at Papa John

So, Anthony Barr can’t play football and Teddy Bridgewater looks like a bust.  Barr accumulated 23.5 sacks in his two years at linebacker in college and forced 10 fumbles.  While he’s not as polished as other players, saying he’s not much of a football player is an insult to his ability on the field.  While we’re talking about insults, let’s discuss his views on Bridgewater.  He firmly believes Teddy “has the makings” of a bust, yet he finds inferior quarterbacks like Tom Savage (who he calls “intriguing”), AJ McCarron (who he believes will push Dalton for the starting job) and Blake Bortles to be great picks.

Also, this unnamed author doesn’t mention the draft steals that Minnesota had in the later rounds.  Guys like David Yankey, Scott Crichton and Antone Exum were players projected to go far sooner than they did.

If Bridgewater turns out to be a bust and Barr isn’t a football player, I’ll be surprised.  But when I’m wrong, I’m willing to admit it.  I just don’t believe the words of this unnamed author to be true.



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  • Justin Weishaar

    Writer is a huge johnny fan and a packer homer. No one has said packers had a better draft and he ranked them at 5 or 6. Says it all

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  • Jim Lawrence Jr

    I don’t know who this Cover 32 is. But, his football knowledge is not only lacking but, his reasoning is completely absent. Even after taking off my Purple colored glasses, I can see that there was some extremely good talent that was amassed throughout this years draft from top to bottom. Of course with nary a game yet to be played it will obviously all be determined down the road. But, in my sometimes humble opinion the 2014 draft will undoubtedly help the Vikings get much further down the proverbial and somewhat short Purple brick road to a Championship.


  • Gordon Guffey

    Cover32 sounds like a NFCN fan for one of 3 teams and the list doesn’t include the Vikings ~ LOL ~ He is a joke IMHO ~

  • Parody Parody

    He said the Dolphins made the second biggest reach in the first round…but who cares if he can become a good starter? Meanwhile he fails to point out how the Vikings got steals in rounds 3, 5 and 6, (I’m sure he overlooked the same with other teams) all of whom have just as much potential to become great players. Proves that he wasn’t making an argument, just making a fool of himself; which is why he probably was too scared to attach his name to the article.

  • Billy Schwandt

    The guy is gutless to not leave a name and stupid and knows nothing about football or talent.. See if you can get his name so at the end of the season can send him a copy of his prediction!!! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    I agree with cover 32 vikings just can’t stop shooting them selves in the foot.

    • Mark Van Dorp

      You are retarded.

  • trinity

    The writer just seems like a fanboy of Johnny College Football. I wouldn’t take it too seriously.

  • Robert L

    I’ve never even heard of “Cover 32″ until this article and then the fact that they can’t even put their name to their article so people can’t bash their utter stupidity, anything they have to say is really irrelevant then. How the hell is Tom Savage “intriguing”? Oh that’s right, he can throw the football a long ways… omg! Having a big arm doesn’t mean a whole lot when you’re not the most accurate to go along with it. I’ll stick to the videos that show how how Barr is a hell of a football player and trust that Mike Zimmer will turn his inexperience at the position into a player who will wreck havoc on opposing offenses and potentially a pro bowl bid or two. I’ll stick to the videos and stats that show how Bridgewater for his career completed almost 70% of his passes for 10,000 or so yards and a heck of a good TD/INT ratio and him being one of the best QBs in the entire country passing while under pressure. So he had a bad pro day… so what! Even Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and the other top QBs have a bad day every now and then. (and no, I’m not trying to say he is or ever will be as good as them… just making a point!) Can’t wait for Bridgewater to prove all the haters wrong and see them try to backpedal their way out of their stupidity!

  • Ken Tomlin

    This guy obviously doesn’t know that the Vikings are up and coming while da bears still suck and the Pack always swallow!! Nuff said!!

  • Kevin Carlson

    I’ve never heard of Cover 32, and likely for good reason. It’s quite obvious there was a total lack of research behind ranking the Vikes at 30. What a douche.

  • robotczar

    Nobody but nobody can say which prospects will pan out, so you can only judge a draft by how well it can potentially help a team. The Vikings took the best LB available with their first pick. That is exactly what their moves in free agency suggested they would do, suggesting a plan that was successfully implemented. Barr is exactly the type of prospect the Vikings needed from their top 10 pick. All the QB prospects have flaws–none is a sure thing, which is usually the case. They gave up very little to get a guy that could be the best QB prospect in the draft, another need. The Vikings got good value AND filled needs with their later picks. However the prospects turn out, the Viking draft was well done and one of the better ones by any reasonable criteria other than opinions about which prospect is better.

  • robb

    Yesterday Total Access, I believe, rated the league win-loss percentage for the upcoming NFC season and has the Vikings last with a one win improvement! All these naysayers are in for a big surprise, including this anonymous author for cover 32.

  • MikeH123

    Cover 32 is a joke if that was the total depth of their analysis.

  • Captain Omniscient

    The supposed great draft last year got you boys a 5-10-1 record. I can’t wait to see where you go with this one, especially now that you have to play outside for a few years.

    I smell the top pick in the draft for the Vikings next year. At least that’s something for you kids to look forward to. Oh yeah, that and you’re finally getting a Super Bowl. Make sure you attend that game; it’s the only chance you’re going to get to see a Lombardi trophy up close and personal.

    • kyle

      If the defense didn’t give up last minute leads in 4 games, we would’ve been division champs with the squad we had last year. We aren’t that far off from making a deep playoff run. You better pray that Rodgers stays healthy this year. Everybody knows that the packers are nothing without him. Hence the 8-7-1 record last year.

  • Wilson

    why waste space with a story from an unnamed author? has it got that slow from all the made up predraft stories that now we have to read about wussies who won’t put their name of their story?

  • Joey Chic

    As a Raider fan and a true lover of the NFL, this guy has no clue about what he’s talking about.

  • Turdd Ferguson

    Looks like the writer’s name is Buck Stanton. Put that name on your trolling bulletin boards my fellow Viking fans, it should be fun force feeding this ignorant moron crow.

  • Sutano

    That’s ok, it’s just somebody’s opinion and besides, its way too early to grade the draft. Check back in 2 years and let’s see your grade at that time. Until then, who cares what this unknown website says?