The 2014 draft has just concluded and now it’s time to move on. It was a 3 day period of awesomeness being able to watch an event that hopefully builds the team in getting better.
I remember in the offseason I can recall Rick Spielman throwing out the figure of wanting 10 picks and he accomplished that. I could not be happier with what we got. Yes, the players must now practice and show why they were picked but I believe we got some much needed depth and great competition.
In reading the bios we got guys who are fast and very athletic. We get a first round pick in Anthony Barr who goes from running back to linebacker and a 3rd round pick, Jerik McKinnon who comes as a running back but is good enough to play on the defensive side as well.
Saturday night radio on ESPN radio analysis, Rodney Harrison was asked his opinion by the cohost on who Harrison thought was the steal of the draft. He responded, “Teddy Bridgewater.” If that doesn’t get you excited that someone from the national media actually spoke high of a Vikings move well than I don’t know what will.
I love the fact that the team continues to build through the draft. In the last 3 seasons the team has seven, 1st round picks. In 2012 we saw Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith be drafted and in 2013 we saw three with Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarelle Patterson. The just finish 2014 draft saw Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater.
I looked at the roster and now see the team has 37 draft choices on the team meaning over half the team is a draft choice which includes 10 picks from his year.
Thank you Vikings organization for keeping true to your word with trying to stay young and build from within.
I would also like to throw out a congrats to two former Gophers players, Ra’Shede Hageman and Brock Vareen for getting drafted over the weekend. We saw Hageman go 2nd round to the Atlanta Falcons and Vereen go in the 4th round to the Bears.
The 2014 Vikings home schedule we will get to see 5 former Gophers players in action. The Falcons and Hageman, the Bears and Vereen, the Jets and Eric Decker will be the visiting Gophers we will see. The Vikings right now on the roster have Marcus Sherels (CB) and Simoni Lawrence (LB).
I loved the draft and feel the Vikes did a great job of executing their plan.
Thanks for reading