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Old 04-10-2012, 03:58 PM    (permalink
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Who should the Vikings select with #3 in what should be the first pick to raise interest levels?

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I voted for Matt Kalil.

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Really tough call for me; I've been thinking about it for a while.

I don't think a great LT makes that much of an impact on your team. I think they're valuable in their longevity and the fact that your most important player is less likely to get injured, but in terms of actual football, I think you're better off with an average LT and a high impact player somewhere else. And I think if Ponder does develop, he'll develop into the type that will win with an average O-line and more playmakers, instead of a great O-line and less playmakers.

So the question is, is Blackmon or Claiborne likely to become a blue chip, high impact player? Michael Floyd for the matter? If I were running things, I'd love to trade down to #8 and take Floyd or even Claiborne or Blackmon if they slips. Even give Miami a bit of a discount. I think any of those guys are just as likely to help your team as Kalil.

If I'm staying at 3......I don't know yet. I would need to evaluate it more. Gun to my head I probably go Claiborne, but Kalil is so good at LT that he's not too far behind, even with my previous thoughts about the position taken into consideration. In the second, take Martin/Massie/Adams.
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Really tough call for me; I've been thinking about it for a while.

I don't think a great LT makes that much of an impact on your team. I think they're valuable in their longevity and the fact that your most important player is less likely to get injured, but in terms of actual football, I think you're better off with an average LT and a high impact player somewhere else. And I think if Ponder does develop, he'll develop into the type that will win with an average O-line and more playmakers, instead of a great O-line and less playmakers.

So the question is, is Blackmon or Claiborne likely to become a blue chip, high impact player? Michael Floyd for the matter? If I were running things, I'd love to trade down to #8 and take Floyd or even Claiborne or Blackmon if they slips. Even give Miami a bit of a discount. I think any of those guys are just as likely to help your team as Kalil.

If I'm staying at 3......I don't know yet. I would need to evaluate it more. Gun to my head I probably go Claiborne, but Kalil is so good at LT that he's not too far behind, even with my previous thoughts about the position taken into consideration. In the second, take Martin/Massie/Adams.
Considering they gave up 49 sacks last season, they have to be looking to protect Ponder more if they are hoping to see any development out of him.
I'm a big Steelers fan, and let me tell you- Offensive Line Play is CRITICAL.

I'd go Claiborne before I go Blackmon at 3.

Blackmon won't turn into a Calvin Johnson, but Claiborne could turn into a Darelle Revis.

If I'm Minny, I do like you said and look to trade down. That would be a smart move and there will be plenty of talent left on the board.
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Blackmon should NOT go three. I would much rather get a receiver later, like Jeffry/Hill/Wright/Randall in 2 or Crinner in 3. Please just take Kalil, fix our LT and LG spots. Kalil, Johnson, and Sullivan isn't a terrible left side at all. Claiborne is awesome, but we REALLY need to help out Ponder.
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Really tough call for me; I've been thinking about it for a while.

I don't think a great LT makes that much of an impact on your team. I think they're valuable in their longevity and the fact that your most important player is less likely to get injured, but in terms of actual football, I think you're better off with an average LT and a high impact player somewhere else. And I think if Ponder does develop, he'll develop into the type that will win with an average O-line and more playmakers, instead of a great O-line and less playmakers.

So the question is, is Blackmon or Claiborne likely to become a blue chip, high impact player? Michael Floyd for the matter? If I were running things, I'd love to trade down to #8 and take Floyd or even Claiborne or Blackmon if they slips. Even give Miami a bit of a discount. I think any of those guys are just as likely to help your team as Kalil.

If I'm staying at 3......I don't know yet. I would need to evaluate it more. Gun to my head I probably go Claiborne, but Kalil is so good at LT that he's not too far behind, even with my previous thoughts about the position taken into consideration. In the second, take Martin/Massie/Adams.
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Blackmon should NOT go three. I would much rather get a receiver later, like Jeffry/Hill/Wright/Randall in 2 or Crinner in 3. Please just take Kalil, fix our LT and LG spots. Kalil, Johnson, and Sullivan isn't a terrible left side at all. Claiborne is awesome, but we REALLY need to help out Ponder.
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Really tough call for me; I've been thinking about it for a while.

I don't think a great LT makes that much of an impact on your team. I think they're valuable in their longevity and the fact that your most important player is less likely to get injured, but in terms of actual football, I think you're better off with an average LT and a high impact player somewhere else. And I think if Ponder does develop, he'll develop into the type that will win with an average O-line and more playmakers, instead of a great O-line and less playmakers.

So the question is, is Blackmon or Claiborne likely to become a blue chip, high impact player? Michael Floyd for the matter? If I were running things, I'd love to trade down to #8 and take Floyd or even Claiborne or Blackmon if they slips. Even give Miami a bit of a discount. I think any of those guys are just as likely to help your team as Kalil.

If I'm staying at 3......I don't know yet. I would need to evaluate it more. Gun to my head I probably go Claiborne, but Kalil is so good at LT that he's not too far behind, even with my previous thoughts about the position taken into consideration. In the second, take Martin/Massie/Adams.
I don't know if this actually happens or not, but I have been saying for a while now that it wouldn't surprise me at all if Miami leapfrogged Cleveland for Tannehill. Stephen Ross has been losing a lot lately, especially when it comes to finding people who want to coach or play for him, and I think this is one competition he may find a way to win, even if it's a horrible decision.
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Your franchise QB has had problems staying healthy - so keep him clean and take Kalil who has elite feet.
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Voted for Kalil. To me its almost as big of a slam dunk as Luck and RGIII going 1 and 2. I dont think the gap between Blackmon and the group of WRs available in the top of round 2 is that big, especially compared to the drop off in talent from Kalil to whichever LT available at #35.
The gap between Claiborne and the 2nd round CBs is somewhere in between the two other positions, but the CB class is deep, and Vikings can pick a quality CB in round 2 and 3.
Buttom line, Im in the Protect the franchise/Ponder camp.
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Considering they gave up 49 sacks last season, they have to be looking to protect Ponder more if they are hoping to see any development out of him.
I'm a big Steelers fan, and let me tell you- Offensive Line Play is CRITICAL.

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is it? i mean theyve had a poor oline since faneca, smith, hartings broke up and have been to 2 superbowls with misfits. Ben can get sacked 5 times a game but it seems to not really have that much of an effect on the outcome of the game
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is it? i mean theyve had a poor oline since faneca, smith, hartings broke up and have been to 2 superbowls with misfits. Ben can get sacked 5 times a game but it seems to not really have that much of an effect on the outcome of the game
Big Ben is also a hell of a lot tougher than a lot of QB's out there. I think a lot of other QB's would fail with Pitt's shaky O-Line.
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Voted for Kalil. To me its almost as big of a slam dunk as Luck and RGIII going 1 and 2. I dont think the gap between Blackmon and the group of WRs available in the top of round 2 is that big, especially compared to the drop off in talent from Kalil to whichever LT available at #35.
The gap between Claiborne and the 2nd round CBs is somewhere in between the two other positions, but the CB class is deep, and Vikings can pick a quality CB in round 2 and 3.
Buttom line, Im in the Protect the franchise/Ponder camp.
I fully agree, it is a slam dunk with Kalil, end of story.
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They're in an ideal position to solidify their QB/LT for a decade in successive drafts. You have to do that.
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Big Ben is also a hell of a lot tougher than a lot of QB's out there. I think a lot of other QB's would fail with Pitt's shaky O-Line.
Exactly right.
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Looks like a safe bet that the Vikes trade out of the #3 slot and take a WR with there first pick. Floyd at #8?
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