2010 NFL Draft Grades: Assessing the Minnesota Vikings

April 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Let me start by being blunt: this was a disappointing draft for the Minnesota Vikings, especially taking into consideration how great the last few drafts have been.
When the Vikings traded out of the first round, it was a smart decision. The cornerbacks they were targeting were off the board, so it made sense to acquire more picks and see what fell to them in the second round.
However, the Vikings should have been more aggressive in the first place. Maurkice Pouncey is possibly the best center prospect in ten years. The Vikings could have traded up to get him but instead waited around to make just a decent pick.
There was a ton of buzz around Pouncey, especially with the Vikings and Steelers. The Vikings knew exactly what they needed to do to get him, which was trade ahead of the Steelers; big mistake to not pull the trigger there.
Pouncey would have turned that offensive line into the beast it once was with Matt Birk.
The Vikings saw cornerback as their bigges...

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