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Dissecting the Draft


In the build up to the draft, I had a simple goal for the Vikings of drafting at least three players that could make an impact in 2018. I don't mean getting a couple tackles on special teams, even though that would technically count as making an impact. The exception to that would be if the player managed to lead the team in ST tackles and also got a turnover or was tremendous at limiting returns.

What I would hope they work themselves into is guys that make plays on offense or defense. Keeping the QB upright as an offensive lineman. Getting into the backfield to stop big plays or to sack the Quarterback as a d - lineman. Getting an interception, or multiple, as a defensive back or linebacker. Gaining yards, making catches and scoring touchdowns as an offensive skill position player. You get the point.

So how do those expectations/hopes stack up to how things have gone in the draft? We won't know that until the games are played. I'm a big believer in allowing two seasons to be played out before making a bunch of hard judgements on players. Doesn't mean that immediate and quicker reactions can't be right but in fairness to the young men, I think 32 games is an appropriate sample size for fans. So sorry Laquan, you're a bust. That said, I got some takes on the newest additions to the Purple covenant.

Round 6 - Colby Gossett (G)

Another late round interior offensive lineman. Maybe this one will pan out. And by pan out I mean be in the league for a few years, play when needed and not be terrible.

That's a low bar. Like way too low for the limbo low. But Gossett's selection does address a need on the roster. His best odds of latching on is to prove that he can be a depth guy.

A year or two from now maybe he'll have developed into someone who actually plays, which would make this a great pick! For now though, playing time is almost a zero percent chance.

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