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 7 - Devante Downs (CB/LB)
As they began, so they concluded...at least according to ESPN. When the pick went off he was listed as a Corner. On NFL.com he's listed as a Linebacker but they don't have any information on the Cal Bear so maybe they aren't reliable with that identification.
It's not exactly splitting hairs but whichever way he's trained going forward, he's another guy to try and make the best defense in the NFL just a tick better. As the farewell selection to the 2018 NFL draft I'm guessing that the Vikings like something about him. With the Linebackers on the roster there may be a little more opportunity for him to stick if that's the way the team wants him to train. I'm pulling at strings but it's a seventh round pick, what else can I do??
The draft's over but once the undrafted guy's start signing up I'll give them some reaction too, so check back!