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Postby panxing18 » Mon May 13, 2019 11:52 pm

ry #18 overall Danielle Hunter Jersey , which was widely expected according to many recent mock drafts.I didn’t expect Bradbury to be the pick, given that the Vikings had not met with..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL DraftSnap Judgments of the Garrett Bradbury PickNew,307commentsCDTShareTweetShareShareSnap Judgments of the Garrett Bradbury PickChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsThe Vikings picked Garrett Bradbury #18 overall, which was widely expected according to many recent mock drafts.I didn’t expect Bradbury to be the pick, given that the Vikings had not met with him in the pre-draft process and at the owners meeting last month said they were more or less happy with Elflein at center.Perhaps this is Spielman learning from last year, when the Vikings were said to be high on Frank Ragnow, only to have him drafted ahead of the Vikings.This year it wasn’t so apparent in the pre-draft process, even if most mock drafters saw past it.In any case, I’m going to go it on a limb, despite the Vikings being coy on what position he’ll play Linval Joseph Jersey , and say he is the new starting center for the Minnesota Vikings.What they do with Pat Elflein is anybody’s guess, but we’ll talk about that another time.The Vikings had a few offensive linemen to choose from when they were on the clock at #18, and had offers to trade down according to Rick Spielman, but turned them down.Spielman said Bradbury was, “far and away” the prospect they had highest on their board as the draft unfolded, and there is reason to believe that at face value, even though that’s what most GMs say after their pick.Clearly the Vikings had a need in the offensive line position group, and after free agency moves center and left guard were the two weakest positions.Bradbury was not only seen as a/the top center in the draft class, but also clearly the best zone blocking offensive lineman in this draft class.Some would say in the past few draft classes.Given those parameters, it makes sense Bradbury would rise to the top of the Vikings draft board.One can argue that Bradbury wasn’t the best value at #18 Brett Jones Jersey , but with Chris Lindstrom going well ahead of expectations at #14, he may not have been available much longer either.Certainly not at #50, the Vikings next pick.So, rather than trade down and see what happens, Spielman elected to stand pat and go with Bradbury at #18.And so far snap judgments of the Vikings pick have been very good.Sports Illustrated gave the Vikings the only A+ grade of the entire first round:Clearly scheme fit could not have been better, and as a/the top prospect at a position of need, pretty good pick.Over at cbssports.com, Pete Prisco gave it a B+:Not much insight, but still a pretty good grade.He graded nine picks better.Over at Pro Football Focus (PFF), pretty decent review:The biggest negative here is the value at #18 Dan Bailey Jersey , which I discussed, rather than the pick himself.And at SBnation, Dan Kadar gave the Vikings pick a B+ as well:Grade: B+Again not terribly insightful- these are quick blurbs after all - but generally positive if not glowing.He graded ten picks higher.At ESPN, Courtney Cronin had this to say:I’m not sure there’s much question, really, what position Bradbury will play.Elflein hasn’t played well at center and it remains to be seen if he’s better at guard. Over at The Draft Network, they had this to say:They went on to call the Vikings’ pick of Bradbury one of the five best in the first round.Starting to get repetitive, but understandably so.Bradbury is the best zone blocking lineman in this year's draft, and that’s what the Vikings are going to do.Walt over at Walter football gave the pick a B+ as well:The one thing I remain skeptical about in several comments is Elflein at guard.I’d like to see competition there too.And a quality draft pick tomorrow and/or Saturday.And if it’s between Reiff and Elflein at left guard, I don’t see Elflein winning that competition.Chad Reuter at nfl.com gave the Vikings an “A’ for Day One of the draft:Overall pretty universal praise for the Vikings first pick of the 2019 Draft. Guess who’s back? Back again?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsNFL Free AgencyMinnesota Vikings Free Agency 2019Vikings free agency: Minnesota to sign Shamar Stephen to three-year dealNew Tom Compton Jersey ,73commentsGuess who’s back? Back again?CDTShareTweetShareShareVikings free agency: Minnesota to sign Shamar Stephen to three-year dealBob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsDuring NFL free agency at around this time last year, the Minnesota Vikings lost a pair of defensive tackles to the Seattle Seahawks, as both Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen signed with the team that we affectionately call “Vikings West.”Johnson returned to Minnesota early last season after the Seahawks cut him loose, and now the team is bringing Stephen back as well.Numerous sources are reporting that Stephen has agreed to a three-year deal with the Vikings, and will formally sign when free agency gets underway on Wednesday afternoon.Stephen was a seventh-round pick of the Vikings out of Connecticut in the 2014 NFL Draft, and managed to stick with the team for four seasons. He appeared in 37 games for the Vikings in those four years, and was a starter in all 16 games in 2016. In 2017, he was mostly a rotational player, but still appeared in 15 of 16 games, starting one. Stephen has been very solid against the run throughout the course of his career Alexander Mattison Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , and that’s a spot where the Vikings could use some help.Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.It remains to be seen whether or not this is a bit of foreshadowing as to whether or not the Vikings think they can keep Sheldon Richardson, who they signed last offseason after he played a season in Seattle. I haven’t seen any buzz on social media or anything about Richardson to this point, but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening.So, the Vikings have made a move in free agency. It’s not a particularly big or sexy move, but it’s a move.
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