Found May 23, 2013 on The Penalty Flag:
By most standards, the Minnesota Vikings did a pretty darned good job in the 2013 NFL Draft, but one cylinder on the defensive side may have misfired.  Staring any number of needed linebackers in the face during the final stages of Round One, the Vikings managed to move back up into that late first round gold mine and select……a wide receiver.  The long term upside for the selection of Cordarelle Patterson is still under review, for his immediate impact on this 2013 team appears to be limited, while the selection of a quality linebacker would have had the immediate and significant impact that the picks of DT Sharif Floyd and CB Xavier Rhodes will have.  As it stands right now, there is a gaping hole in the linebacker corps and some questions remain about that unit as well as the receiving group, most created by Patterson’s selection... Read more
2 Comments:
  • The Vikings did NOT make a mistake. It was a lack of draft talent in the otherwise needed positions. It was not a mistake to pass on T'eo. Get over it media. Minnesota took the best players available to them and that's exactly what they needed to do. If anything, Patterson will contribute on special teams and that will be needed as much as anything else.
  • Completely agree. Spielman is a draft master. People gave way too much credit to Te'o, Ogletree and Brown. Mauti has suffered some major injuries, but he's at the best place for rehab and could end up being a bigger steal than Floyd.
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