Minnesota Vikings Fail To Address Need With Second Pick

Apr 29, 2011

It’s not that I dislike Kyle Rudolph. He has good size (6’5″, 253), decent speed (4.7 forty time), and had some solid performances this past year (16 catches, 244 yards, 2 TDs vs. Michigan and Michigan State), but he didn’t fill a need for the Purple.
Even if you look past the fact that, like Christian Ponder,  he has dealt with injuries the past two years, there were areas that were bigger concerns than tight end.
The Vikings have a bigger need in their defensive backfield. Two picks later the Broncos took UCLA safety Rahim Moore. University of Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, who went  to the Texans with the 60th pick of the draft, could have also solidified their pass coverage.
If Pat Williams does not return, which is a strong likelihood, they will have a void at defensive tackle. Oregon State’s Stephen Paea, who went to the Bears with the 53rd pick, would have at least addressed that need. The Lions added Nick Fairley. The Bears added Paea. The Vikings added a tight end.
The Vikings have issues at guard and center. The Colts snagged Villanova guard Benjamin Ijalana with the 49th pick. I would have even been OK if they paired Ponder with his college center Rodney Hudson, who went to the Chiefs with the 55th pick.
I would have even preferred adding Maryland receiver Torrey Smith, who went to Baltimore with the 58th pick, in case they aren’t able to bring back Sidney Rice.
Without a third round pick the Vikings should have addressed one of these areas of need. I don’t know about you, but the combination of Nick Fairley, Prince Amukamara, or Mike Pouncey and Ryan Mallett is a lot more attractive than the Ponder/Rudolph combination the Vikings came away with.
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