Grading The Minnesota Vikings Draft

<b>Analysis:</b> Dealing explosive wide receiver Randy Moss this offseason necessitated the selection of the exceptionally quick and talented Williamson. In this Minnesota offense, Williamson will have the opportunity to become a deep threat in the Vikings' vertical passing game.

Minnesota Vikings (From Oakland)
1 (7) Troy Williamson; WR - South Carolina
1 (18) Erasmus James; DE - Wisconsin
2 (49) Marcus Johnson; OG -Mississippi
3 (80) Dustin Fox; CB - Ohio State
4 (112) Ciatrick Fason; RB - Florida
6 (191) C.J. Mosley; DT - Missouri
7 (219) Adrian Ward; CB - Texas-El Paso

Analysis: Dealing explosive wide receiver Randy Moss this offseason necessitated the selection of the exceptionally quick and talented Williamson. In this Minnesota offense, Williamson will have the opportunity to become a deep threat in the Vikings' vertical passing game. Williamson has the talent and physical ability to be a playmaker at the next level, but he'll need to work on his routes at the next level if he is to become a standout talent. The selection of Williamson provides Minnesota the threat of the big play at any given time, even if Williamson does not achieve nearly the numbers Moss provided.

The addition of defensive end Erasmus James could pay immediate dividends for the Vikings. James is an attacking type end which should be a solid fit in the Minnesota defensive scheme, which needed pass rushing from his position. Following the selection of Kenechi Udeze in the 2004 draft, the Vikings should have their bookend defensive ends for years to come.

Marcus Johnson should become a quality right tackle at the professional level, though he might get his start at guard in Minnesota. Exceptionally strong at the point of attack, Johnson has the ability to engage and maul the opposition, in space he has improved and can get to the second level of the defense. Johnson is a solid acquisition for the Vikings who sought help on the right-side of the offensive line.

Fox has the size, speed, and quickness to play either the corner or safety at the professional level. The Vikings emphasis on improving the quality and depth of the defense has been evident this off-season and with the selection of Fox from Ohio State.

Grade: A


Viking Update Top Stories