Vikings have nine choices Saturday

Getty Images

The Vikings selected two players Friday night, taking Alabama tight end Irv Smith in the second round and Boise State running back Alexander Mattison in the third round.

They got North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury in Thursday’s first round.

Minnesota is scheduled to make even more selections Saturday. It enters with nine picks on the third day.

The Vikings currently own the 120th (fourth round), 159th (fifth round), 190th (sixth round), 191st (sixth round), 193rd (sixth round), 204th (sixth round), 217th (seventh round), 247th (seventh round) and 250th (seventh round) choices.

35 responses to “Vikings have nine choices Saturday

  1. Boy I hope we didn’t outsmart ourselves stock piling 6th and 7th round picks while other teams gobble up the good players in the early rounds. I mean these later round guys are often projects and we need a starting caliber defense tackle right now. The offensive line might need another starter and we are thin at safety and linebacker. This makes me nervous. I mean what good are ten picks if 7 of them can’t contribute for a couple of years if at all? Boy this years draft is concerning. I was pretty happy about the first two picks but…………….,….

  2. ragnarthegreat says:

    Boy I hope we didn’t outsmart ourselves stock piling 6th and 7th round picks while other teams gobble up the good players in the early rounds.
    ###

    In addition to all those 6th and 7th rounders – Spielman also added a 5th rounder – where we didn’t have a pick.

    So now we have at least 1 pick in every round.

    In round 6 we have #190, 191, 193 and 204 and then we have #217 (3rd pick), 247 and 250 in the 7th. That’s a lot of draft capital to maneuver in rounds 4 or 5 if we need to.

  3. The Vikings spent the 3rd round watching other teams pick linemen and productive players while the Vikings for some reason collected 6&7th round picks. And then they pick a slow back from Boise State.

  4. Trading picks that would be starters for camp body 6th and 7th is insane, no wonder Zimmer gets ticked when he converts a mid 3rd for a bunch of trash. The RB he took in 3rd had a 6th round grade, just insane. Just take best player available and use the picks you have, it worked in 1st and 2nd.

  5. A team that considers itself a contender does not need 12 picks. I guess this means they’ll be picking another kicker. Quality over quantity, Rick. Too cute for his own good, sometimes.

  6. I don’t know, add late round players that are just practice squad fodder where 1 in 20 turns out to be a diamond in the rough. 6th and 7th talent are usually just sweeteners to throw in on trades. I for one don’t like it. I like the 1st and 2nd round picks but there were players I know were available The Vikings had early 2nd round grades on available that fell.
    Minnesota doesn’t have the Offensive talent to take 2 or 3 years to develop. On the other hand, there isn’t cap money to pay early picks either/anyway…Should have let Barr walk, he is decent but we are far better suited to fill his position than where we have 2 or
    3 starters (now) on the offensive line. Looks like another 20 or 30 fumbles year for MR. C again this year….

  7. we could have had 2 OL lineman on a team that had 3 starters going into the draft. now we have more starter. Great….. We drafted an O lineman in the sixth round last year – he made the team and never once beat Rashod or Danny out of their occasional back up roles. This is a team with needs. The QB is what Childress called an iron deer on they yard with OL man who occasionally block the view. 30 million on a QB who cannot avoid a sack and we do not have an o line. Great work Speilman. your brother could take out our QB at age 60

  8. Tom Brady was a compensatory 6th round pick taken at 199 overall.

    But, I have no illusions. A multitude of late round picks may increase your odds of finding the diamond in the rough… but in reality it exponentially increases the number of picks you acquire that will amount to nothing.

    A significant number of excellent players were passed up today. Clearly I’m just another wishful rube with no NFL experience.

    Still, I am not impressed. How hard was it, to have just taken one.

  9. I don’t like how today went at all. there was an opportunity to get a guard that could start right now, and instead we piled up on late round picks that usually don’t make the team. heck, the vikings CUT their 5th round pick last year after 2 weeks. outside of offensive line, this roster is already set. not a lot of rookies will make this team. this makes no sense at all. i don’t have faith in this coaching staff being able to coach up late round picks to being effective offensive lineman. maybe kubiak can help do that. i guess that’s the only hope. I wanted 3 offensive lineman taken by the end of day 2. I only got 1. To me, it’s rick speilman thinking he can still ‘just plug in any big guy to play guard.’

    We needed a tackle more than anything today. Reiff has to be released next year. he isn’t very good and he is too expensive. we can use his cap savings to sign some of the guys whose contracts are up next year. But now, we don’t have Reiff’s replacement. it makes me worry spielman wants to sign another below average tackle in free agency in 2020 to an absurd contract. hopefully they won’t have any cap space to do such nonsense.

  10. I played GM with mock draft and traded lots of players and early round picks for many more later round picks. When I was done, I had the most players that wouldn’t be picked by other teams. Didn’t end up with a good roster but at least I could say I had lots of picks.

    I would not advise that approach, but do understand that getting more selections in rounds 2-4 is beneficial in a deep draft like we see here in 2019.

  11. Do people realize that Matt birk and John Sullivan were 6th rounders? Diggs was a fifth?thielen, sherels, john Randle were undrafted? That’s just a few names. Many good players come in the late rounds. Most of you complaining know absolutely nothing about football. Did you also know that most if not all of our picks tomorrow won’t count against the cap since they wont make it in the top 51? No pick is a sure thing. There will be some late round picks who turn into better players then 1st round picks. Maybe you should give players a chance before you call for someone’s job you arent qualified to have. Just a thought.

  12. I agree with most of you but the Boise rb ran a 4.5 at his pro day so he’s not slow. I would’ve prefered a higher rated big fast wr, then a G then the Boise rb. But i dont make the picks. So we will see.

  13. From previous posts looks like the majority of the Vikes faithful see this clearly….too much clowning around instead of just taking solid picks. Does this every draft. Spiel just loves the draft. “I like 10 picks” he says. “Im so smart just ask me”. Ya 10 2nds and 3rds would amount to something, 10 6ths and7ths is a waist. When has this ever worked? Our oline is atrocious and has been forever. But, really , im glad he is still up to his ole ways cuz this will end up being his last. Producing one starting olineman when we needed 3 not gonna cut it. And the rest of the draft room should be fired as well if they let this go on yr after yr. fyi Spiel, ya aint no Belichick!

  14. There’s always hope (and wishing, and praying,) at least one diamond-in-the-rough from this bottom-dwelling group can save Zimmer’s job. So many players have left to play with contenders elsewhere.

  15. If Mattison was the only guy they wanted all the trading down makes sense, I personally wouldn’t have gone RB and concentrated on more OL guys further up the draft. I do know that Speilman won’t have finished trading I can see him making a lot more moves up and down today.

  16. Why didn’t the Vikings package some of those later round picks and move up and draft a QB! The Vikings aren’t making the playoffs with Kirk Cousins! The Vikings are hoping that Gary Kubiak is somehow going to make a difference in this huge mistake at QB… Bradbury and Smith are good picks the Vikings needed more than a center/guard was aided by North Carolina State’s quick-hitting passing attack which rarely asked him to pass protect for long. The bottom line is that the Vikings missed their window of opportunity by reaching an overpaying a QB that can only run his mouth. The Vikings will be lucky o finish third in the NFC North… The Lions and Packers will be better football teams next season. The Vikings will finish 8-8 at best!

  17. It’s funny watching the reactions of fans at the draft this year. Every time a team picks, the fan bases there look around asking who? Let’s be honest this is a pretty weak draft. The Vikes had 3 first rounders in 2013 and none of them really panned out. It’s that type of draft if not worse. I think if you can get 1-2 solid contributors this year then you won the draft lottery. Having 9 more chances to find “that guy” is better than having 4-5 in this draft.

  18. cellarperformance says:

    There’s always hope (and wishing, and praying,)
    ###

    Are you talking about your first round draft pick?

  19. reapshavocblog says:

    Do people realize that Matt birk and John Sullivan were 6th rounders? Diggs was a fifth?thielen, sherels, john Randle were undrafted? That’s just a few names. Many good players come in the late rounds.
    ###

    You get it. Quality players in the 6th and 7th round are found all the time. If we only find one or two – it’s a good thing.

    People are forgetting that all those trades ended up in ADDING a 5th rounder – where we didn’t have a pick.

    Having all those 6th and 7th rounders gives us currency to move up in both rounds 4 and 5 if there is a player that we want.

    If we stand pat with our current selections – I like the fact that we have picks 190, 191 and 193 clumped together. That pick 217 is the 3rd pick in the 7th round, which is so much better than pick 247 and 250 that we had.

  20. This year if the results aren’t there, there will be wholesale changes. Zimmer is likely gone with his assistants. We spent a fortune bringing in what is essentially a second head coach ( and staff!!) and then when every move counts, Spielman trades our cow for a handful of magic beans. Ouch.

  21. sgrvn329 says:

    Why didn’t the Vikings package some of those later round picks and move up and draft a QB! The Vikings aren’t making the playoffs with Kirk Cousins! The Vikings are hoping that Gary Kubiak is somehow going to make a difference in this huge mistake at QB… Bradbury and Smith are good picks the Vikings needed more than a center/guard was aided by North Carolina State’s quick-hitting passing attack which rarely asked him to pass protect for long. The bottom line is that the Vikings missed their window of opportunity by reaching an overpaying a QB that can only run his mouth. The Vikings will be lucky o finish third in the NFC North… The Lions and Packers will be better football teams next season. The Vikings will finish 8-8 at best!
    ###

    There is so much wrong with this post, I’m not quite sure where to start.

    If the Lions and Packers are going to be better football teams and the Vikings are going to finish in 3rd place, are you saying the Bears are going to finish in last?

    Drafting a QB in the third round wasn’t even a remote thought. Cousins outperformed Aaron Rodgers last year with the worst Oline in the division. I’m not predicting the best Oline in the division, but I am predicting a much better Oline, which is all the Vikings and Cousins need to help improve the Vikings offense.

  22. Some of you whining are hilarious. The Vikings took a day one can’t miss Center that probably solidified the interior of the line for 10 years. A TE that people are comparing to Jordan Reed(when he’s healthy). And a back to replace Murray who has been an invaluable part of the offense. Do any of you honestly want Cook getting the ball 30 times a game or slamming up the middle running out the clock in the fourth? I don’t. This team has late round picks and UFAs all over the place. Let it play out.

  23. Dear “reapshavicblog” before you say that people who complain about Spielmans moves know nothing about football do your homework. Yes all the players you named were success later round picks and yes good players can be found in later rounds. But judged on the criteria of being a starter for at least half thier career, 80% of first round draft picks are successful. 78% of second rounders, however for 6th and 7th rounders the number drops to 9%. And the percentage that start in thier first season is less than 1%. Some teams do better than this, good coaching or good scouting, some do worse. But the odds are overwhelmingly against us finding a starter or a good rotational player who can contribute this year. Yes it could happen but us folks without your vast football knowledge rely on science and the numbers aren’t in our favor.

  24. ragnarthegreat says:

    But judged on the criteria of being a starter for at least half thier career, 80% of first round draft picks are successful. 78% of second rounders, however for 6th and 7th rounders the number drops to 9%.
    ###

    I’m not sure where you got your stats – but I’ll just play along and say they are accurate.

    What is the percentage for a mid 3rd round pick vs. a late 3rd round pick?

    Spielman didn’t see anyone that he really wanted at pick 81. I trust his opinion more than your opinion.

    Tell me who was picked between pick 81 and pick 102 that was a surefire starter? Tell me who in that group of 20 some players is SIGNIFICANTLY better than a 4th or 5th rounder?

    Spielman added pick 159 in the 5th round by trading pick 88 and pick 209 (compensatory 6th round pick) for moving back to 92.

    As it stands right now, the Vikings have the 18th pick in the 4th round, the 21st pick in the 5th round (new), in the 6th round they have pick #17, 18 (new), 20 (new) and 31 (new) and in the 7th round they have #3 (new), #33 (compensatory) and 36 (compensatory).

    The addition of a 5th round pick, a number of lower 6th round picks and pick #3 in the 7th round could very well turn out to be well worth the risk of losing one those players picked between 81 and 101 last night.

    Two years from now, it’s a distinct possibility that you won’t recognize any of those names (picks 81 – 101).

  25. Spielman fiddled starter picks away with Miami too! It is the reason he is here now. The only reason I can see him doing this, is his inability to pick winners in the first 3 rounds so he piles up 3rd day players so he looks good when he gets lucky and hits on one (Diggs in the 5th). I have had enough of this clown ruining ANY chances of Minnesota winning a championship in my ever fewer remaining years on this Earth!
    Signed,
    A Fan of the Purple and Gold for 54 years.

  26. Mattison’s 40- 4.56 best, 4.63 but 4.72 come on that is TE speed.

    average it and he is a 4.6+ guy running in the NFL. Not fast.

  27. fmc651 says:
    April 27, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    Mattison’s 40- 4.56 best, 4.63 but 4.72 come on that is TE speed.

    average it and he is a 4.6+ guy running in the NFL. Not fast.

    @@@@&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Mattison was not drafted to break off 60 yard runs, that’s what Cook does. Mattison was drafted to get the tough yards 4th and 1. He was also brought on to run out the clock at the end of the game, 3 yards and a cloud of dust or turf. Mattison had a 4.9 average per rush, holds onto the ball and is a good blocker. Don’t get hung up on how fast he is.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.