by Peter Christian
First let’s take a look at what areas the Vikings are looking to address with their first round pick:
With the signing of Sheppard, I think the chances they select any of the other CB candidates with the 30th pick remains slim. I think next on the list would be any of the offensive line candidates if they are available. I also think that the Vikings will pass on selecting a defensive lineman unless they know something about Ray Edwards that the rest of the league doesn’t in which case I think Odrick or Griffen would be an option for the Vikings.
However I think the Vikings choice will come down to selecting Taylor Mays to play a deep safety and allow him to develop alongside Tyrell Johnson and under the veteran Madieu Williams or a quarterback, namely Colt McCoy. I know Brad Childress is a lot of things but he is not dumb enough to think Tim Tebow is the answer to any question other than “Who is the most overrated college quarterback of all time?” And even though the consistently wrong Peter King thinks Childress is enamored with St. Tebow, it would be suicide to draft Tebow to be the future only 4 years after handpicking Tarvaris Jackson to be the same. Colt McCoy is the safer pick with the higher ceiling. He’s a proven quarterback with actual quarterback skills and could use some refining before being handed the keys. Whether it’s learning what not to do behind Tarvaris or Sage or what to do from a legend, Colt would be an OK pick for the future. If the Vikings aren’t sold on Colt then they can look at anyone of the other candidates I named that are still on the board. That’s the beauty of being a good team, you have options, you just need to make sure you are smart with those options.
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