When I consider a draft, you look at players who are still with the team. Look at 2010. There are no stars in that draft, but you've got a lot of guys who are still logging minutes in Cook, Gerhart, and Griffen. All told that was a pretty average draft, but certainly not a bad one.
QB has been a tender spot.
I actually believe in Ponder. He played much better at the end of the season than the whole year so he's getting better. I realize he might not have been 12th overall pick material.
Was anyone in the Viking front office even working there at the time?
I don't care either way about the team. It seems like people would need a lot more than a deal from 1989 to base a reputation on.
I'm not trying to rag on them here necessarily. I'm just saying, if you compare the Vikings classes with some of the better talent-scouting teams out there (Patriots, Packers, etc.) its hard to say they're doing very well. I will say they are doing a lot better than they were in the early 2000's time frame.
When you look at it, its pretty hard to miss in the first two rounds, and even into the 3rd there is some pretty good talent. Those guys should be able to come in and compete for a starting spot right away. If they don't, its a bad pick in my book. Good GM's make their money in the later rounds. If you can pick through what's left and get solid contributors and maybe about one starter per year in the later rounds, that is doing "very well" and the Vikings still aren't doing that consistently.
I think they get a bad rap for Williamson, Demetrius Underwood, and getting skipped one year because they didn't get their card in in time...even though they still got the guy they wanted...
Tavaris Jackson I never really figured that 2nd round pick on him.
Earlier, I said the Vikings haven't really had a "bad" draft since 2005. In the 7 drafts since then, of the 66 players the Patriots have taken, 35 of them are still in the league.(53%) Minnesota has only taken 53 players in that same time period. 38 are still in the NFL.(71%)
The Patriots get a lot more credit for their drafting talent then they actually deserve. 2006, 2007, and 2008 were incredibly pedestrian drafts. 26 players taken with really only Jerrod Mayo and Steven Gostkowski being the only real long term starters. That's bad drafting. But because they make a ton of trades and add excitement to the draft, the Pats get labeled as draft day magicians.