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The 2019 Minnesota Vikings Draft Class

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Lance Zierlein Grades For Our Class
 

1. Garrett Bradbury (6.12 - Should become an instant starter, Round 1 - WESTON RICHBURG)
2. Irv Smith Jr. (5.91 - Chance to become NFL starter, Round 2 - BEN WATSON)
3. Alexander Mattison (5.59 - chance to become NFL starter, Round 4 - MIKE GILLISLIE)
4. Dru Samia (5.60 - chance to become NFL starter, Round 4 - WES SCWEITZER)
5. Cameron Smith (5.54 - chance to become NFL starter, Round 4-5 - BLAKE MARTINEZ)
6. Armon Watts (5.58 - chance to become NFL starter, Round 5-6 - SHAMAR STEPHEN)
6. Marcus Epps (4.93 - should be in an NFL training camp, PUDFA - NO COMPARISON GIVEN)
6. Oli Udoh (5.35 - NFL backup or special teams potential, Round 6 - DAVID SHARPE)
7. Kris Boyd (5.63 - chance to become and NFL starter, Round 4 - MJ STEWART)
7. Dillon Mitchell (5.39 - NFL backup or special teams potential, Round 6 - TJ JONES)
7. Bisi Johnson (5.47 - NFL backup or special teams potential, Round 5 - RYAN GRANT)
7. Austin Cutting (no info)

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Run game should improve several ways: 

  • Actually having a coach this year
  • Kubiak / Dennison ZBS scheme has an excellent track record in making OL and RBs look good 
  • Personnel upgrades on the OL (at minimum, Bradbury, Kline, plus O'Neill with more experience)
  • More and better TE blocking, if Smith gets snaps replacing Treadwell (more 2-TE sets) or rotationally with Rudolph
  • another elusive, powerful and durable (important given Cook's history) RB, with Mattison more likely to produce intermediate gains (successes) than Murray, though less likely to break off the home run. 

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Washington QB Jake Browning

Marian TE Brandon Dillon

Tennessee S Micah Abernathy

Western Michigan OG John Keenoy

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No kicker yet I'd assumed one of them would be a signing for us as Bailey should have to compete for the job.

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Edited by RpMc

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I'm a fan, I think it adequately addressed positions of need and we could see some key contributors right away. 

Either of those WRs have any kick/punt return abilities? 

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We got minimum 3 starters in the draft class. I think Speilmen did a good job. I'd give it a B+

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Updated list of UDFA per the Daily Norseman
 

Tito Odenigbo (DT, Miami) (brother of Ifeadi)
Anree Saint-Armour (DL, Georgia Tech)
Davion Davis (WR, Sam Houston State)
Micah Prince Abernathy (DB, Tennessee)
Brandon Dillon (TE, Marian)
Jake Browning (QB, Washington)

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In terms of UDFA, it is still early but this group kind of sucks.  No real standout players when usually they bring in some talented players with the UDFA guys after the draft.

 

Browning is a good leader and competitor but would be impressive he makes the squad at all.  Saint-Amour has some pass rush potential and a good build but is nothing great, Abernathy I thought was always a little overrated on Tennessee, small and lacks big play ability.  Maybe those other guys are studs but I don't know.  Compare that to the Chiefs who got arguably 6 UDFA who could have easily been drafted within those 7 rounds of the draft no question.

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Just now, Ozzy said:

In terms of UDFA, it is still early but this group kind of sucks.  No real standout players when usually they bring in some talented players with the UDFA guys after the draft.

$$$$$$

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2 minutes ago, Klomp said:

$$$$$$

Wonder why that is 9_9

 

I heard a local sports reporter comment on they might not even have enough money to pay the draft picks they get especially the higher round guys.....  

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It’s easy to create the money necessary to sign the draft picks; won’t be an issue. 

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13 minutes ago, RpMc said:

It’s easy to create the money necessary to sign the draft picks; won’t be an issue. 

Sure if Reiff restructures his deal like Griffen did, same with Linval.  And sadly just moving on from Rudolph with Irv Smith Jr as your next starting TE next year, not sure I love that idea, he is much smaller and is not as good of a blocker or size weapon for the position but will see.  Waynes they can move on from no question next year but still they are not financially all that flexible according to their salary cap numbers for this year and next.  Proof is in the numbers when they have $5 million to play with and the top team on that list has over $100 million.

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