Experts weigh in on Vikings’ draft picks
After all that build up and waiting, the NFL Draft is finally over.
The Vikings added a number of new players. How good will they be? Well, they say you need to wait at least three years to grade a draft.
Of course, that doesn’t stop people from grading the draft ASAP.
And let’s be honest, while we all subscribe to the three-year plan, we also enjoy getting that immediate feedback.
So that being said, here’s a number of grades and analysis from around the web of the Vikings’ picks, including some player and team grades.
Prisco (rounds 2-3) and Derek Stephens (rounds 4-7) also graded every other pick: Scott Crichton: B-plus "Crichton is a good, tough player who isn’t a great speed guy but will fight every play. He will back up Brian Robison and Everson Griffen."; Jerick McKinnon: C-plus "He was a quarterback at Georgia Southern in the option offense, but will be a running back. He’s a quick, speedy guy. They need a backup."; David Yankey: A-minus "Yankey is a smart, instinctive lineman who blocks well in the run and despite lacking top-notch athleticism, has adequate feet to slide and be effective against the pass-rush."; Antone Exum: C-minus "Exum is an undeniable athletic talent with tools to be a good NFL DB, but questions abound regarding his commitment level and effort, and he needs quite a bit of technical refinement."; Kendall James: B-minus "Undersized DB with great speed, and impressive natural ball skills who could be a special teams booster, with upside to contend for a rotational nickel spot for the Vikings."; Shamar Stephen: B "Stephen is a good athlete for his size, who can anchor and plug the run, and has some untapped upside as a rusher, considering his natural quickness."; Brandon Watts: B-plus "Physically, Watts brings rare speed and arm length considering his position and size, and although raw, could project as a nice developmental piece with strong special teams contribution."; Jabari Price: C "Price is an aggressive corner but lacks stand-out quality in any one area. Will have to make it on special teams."
Prisco also did a team grade. He gave the Vikings an A. "For the second consecutive year, the Vikings did a nice job with the draft. They landed pass rusher Anthony Barr with their first-round pick, then traded back into the round to get quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Keep an eye on sixth-round corner Antone Exum."
Burke and Farrar also handed out team grades. The Vikings got an A-plus. "On paper at least, the Vikings had one of the top drafts in 2014. UCLA’s Anthony Barr was a slight reach as a pass rusher under development, but the team really scored by trading back into the end of the first round and grabbing Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Their third-round picks — Oregon State defensive lineman Scott Crichton and Georgia Southern do-it-all back Jerick McKinnon — should provide valuable depth right away. And grabbing Stanford guard David Yankey in the fifth round could amount to highway robbery in a few years. An outstanding haul for first-year head coach Mike Zimmer and his staff."