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I agree with that need order completely except for running back. I do think that AD will be a Viking next season. But even if he isn't, I think McKinnon did enough to show that he can be a valuable part of the backfield. Maybe a Jeremy Hill type back in the fourth round would complement him well.Barr is a great start to the linebackers, but Greenway is gone in two or three years at most (maybe even next season) and the other spots are average starters at best. Pairing Barr with another good linebacker for 6 or 7 years would be great.
I wonder if Rick is going to let Zim make the pick if Amari Cooper is not there. It's obvious we need a true No. 1 WR. But they have OT and a couple of OLB ranked at the 9-12 spot. With the type of guys we are losing (probably) like Greenway. I can see Zimmer wanting some defensive help when the other WR rated in the 1st round are questionable.
I am not sure what those OLBs are for. But Anthony Barr was a pass rushing OLB in a 3-4 at UCLA. IF you can tackle and cover I think you can play in any system.
I'm thinking that the Vikings keep AP, and go after Gordon out of Cleveland. I know this sounds like playing Russian Roulette, but think about the possibilities. This offensive line was built to block for AP. That much is certain. What Gordon does is stretch the field and create even more space for the other's to operate. I'd imagine the asking price wouldn't be what it could have been, had he been the example for the Boy Scouts. The Browns will be thinking along the lines of a 1st or 2nd, but NO team would give more than a conditional 3rd round pick that could possibly be a 2nd should he meet numbers requirements...The reason I believe he would be a good fit are the 2 fellows running this show now. Zimmer seems to work wonders with head case players. Look how he turned Pacman Jones around. No he hasn't been perfect, but he is clearly a more mature person now...I'd like to hang onto Patterson, but he could be shipped there. I wasn't pleased with his play, or his attitude late in the year. Perhaps there is more to that story?...As for Kalil. Yes, he played better at the end of the year, but compared to what? The #3 overall player chosen shouldn't be struggling this far into his career. Injuries aside, this guy should be a team leader on the offensive side and looked more like a pouting baby at times...OK, my turn to gloat about the Teddy Bridgewater selection..."I told you guys!" He was my #1 pick for the Vikings. Yeah, the Vikings went with Barr, but they got the guy I wanted at 32. What a steal! Think back to the middle of the year last year in college football. Teddy was everyone's #1 pick. A horrible pro day makes him a Viking. The guy just always seems like the stage isn't to big. Sure he made mistakes this season, but he threw more TDs that INTs. Started far many more games that the Vikings ever suspected he would. He now reminds me of the good fortune the Packers had when Aaron Rogers fell to them at #26, when the 49ers selected Alex Smith. Looks like the Browns got the Alex Smith of that draft? Now let's fleece em' a little more and get Gordon and make this offense exactly what Norv Turner wants it to be. A well rounded balanced attack that sends fear to the far corners of the NFL universe...Oh did I mention another year of growth by an up and coming defense?...Yeah, I'm excited about the future again fellas. SKOL Brother!
I so do not know whether AP is on the team. You got Zimmer saying he is all about him returning. Now is that a message to the Wilfs saying. "Hey, he can help us win." Or just covering the team's bases incase the Wilfs cut him so they don't leave on sour terms. OOOR to let other teams know they want to keep him to jack up a trade price. However it may lie, Zimmer is playing this correct.