With the draft now a full day-plus in the rearview mirror, some noted draft observers have started passing judgment. Some gave letter grades. Some didn't. However, they all had opinions on the Vikings' decision to draft guys like Chris Cook, Toby Gerhart and Everson Griffen.
Here is an early taste of what the rest of the NFL world thinks of the Vikings draft.
Jarrett Bell, USA Today — Gave the Vikings a grade of C – which ranked 19th overall. Liked both Cook and Gerhart.
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News — Gave the Vikings a C grade, but liked both Cook and Gerhart where they were taken. It should be noted that only Washington and Jacksonville got a grade worse than a C.
Mel Kiper, ESPN — Claimed "this draft just didn't impress me." Didn't like either Cook or Gerhart where they were taken. Did think Griffen could be a solid value. Kiper would have been a good teacher to have in college. He gave the Vikings a C- grade. Only two teams – Atlanta and Jacksonville – scored worse.
Todd McShay, Scouts Inc./ESPN — Used an interesting (and complicated) formula that includes how teams addressed team needs not just with draft picks but with trades as well, which can have a big impact on the draft. By their formula, the Vikings ranked 24th in the draft.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sportsline — Liked the Cook selection and thinks Griffen could be a steal, but didn't like the selection of Gerhart, much less trading up to get him. Gave the Vikings a draft grade of C+, which tied with the Packers for the best draft grade in the division.
Gregg Rosenthal and Evan Silva, NBCSports.com — Gave the Vikings a D+ grade, claiming the Vikings dropped the ball by not taking CB Patrick Robinson at No. 30 and asserting that Gerhart fills a need, but not that of a third-down back. The D+ grade tied with Buffalo for the worst ranking of all 32 teams.
Ross Tucker, SI.com — He loved the Gerhart pick and thinks Griffen could replace Ray Edwards, but didn't like Cook, saying the Vikings should have traded ahead of the Jets to take Boise State CB Kyle Wilson.
More votes will be coming in, but, after sending shockwaves through recent drafts with the acquisition of guys like Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin, it would seem the national media types are more than a little cool on the Vikings Class of 2010.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.