Captain Munnerlyn must be watching the draft because he immediately tweeted after the Vikings took smallish cornerback Mackensie Alexander.
The Vikings sort of surprised everyone by drafting 5-10 cornerback Mackensie Alexander in the second round. Among those who were taken aback by the pick? Current Vikings nickel corner Captain Munnerlyn.
The (apparently) embattled Captain wasted no time in reminding Alexander and everyone else that he considers himself an elite talent at his position.
This is the second year in a row that Munnerlyn has felt that his job might be in jeopardy. Last year, Munnerlyn responded to criticism by having a very strong year and silencing a lot of his doubters.
Apparently Munnerlyn believes he still has some more doubters left to silence, among them possibly Mike Zimmer. But should Munnerlyn, or anyone else, assume that Alexander has been drafted to compete for his job?
Alexander may be on the smaller side, but he is thought to have high-end man-coverage skills, so we shouldn’t necessarily assume that he’s been taken to replace Munnerlyn in the nickel role.
And even if the plan is to play Alexander against the slot, it isn’t automatic that Mike Zimmer would expect him to take over in year one. Fact is, Munnerlyn’s contract is up at the end of the season. The Vikings may simply be planning for life after Munnerlyn.
Point being, there’s really no reason for Munnerlyn to feel threatened. I feel like Munnerlyn is maybe just acting a little thin-skinned. I suppose we should feel encouraged that he seems to really care?
Fact is, nobody knows how Mike Zimmer plans to use all these pieces in his defensive backfield. He obviously likes Mackensie Alexander and thinks he can help make the team better.
In what capacity Alexander ends up contributing, only time will tell.