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2010 NFL Draft - Minnesota Vikings
Stanford RB Toby Gerhart
Stanford RB Toby Gerhart
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Posted Apr 24, 2010


Minnesota Vikings - NFC North, 2010 Draft Selections & Prospects


Minnesota Vikings

2010 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-16) | 31st Round (17-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

- CFN 2010 Draft Central
- 10 Biggest Reaches

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami
New England | NY Jets

WEST Denver | Kansas City
 Oakland | San Diego

NORTH Balt. | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh

SOUTH Houston | Indy
Jacksonville | Tenn.

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants
Philadelphia | Wash.

WEST Arizona | San Fran.
Seattle | St. Louis

NORTH Chicago | Detroit
Green Bay | Minnesota

SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina
New Orleans | Tampa Bay

Second Round 
Chris Cook, CB Virginia 6-2, 212 (S)
Overall Pick No. 35 CFN Overall Ranking: 65

A good tweener who the Vikings will want as a corner but has safety speed. He needs to get a lot stronger and he has to become a more aggressive playmaker, but he can fly and he should be an instant fit for a Viking secondary that can take a few chances.

Is he a safety or a corner? He has tremendous size and upped his stock big-time with a phenomenal Combine running a 4.46 and coming up with a corner-best 11’0” in the broad jump. On raw skills alone he’s one of the best prospects in the draft. He doesn’t shy away from contact, is versatile enough to be moved around anywhere, and he acts the part of a top-shelf defensive back. However, the athleticism doesn’t translate and he doesn’t play up to his talent, and he’ll likely end up playing more safety if he can be more physical, but on size and quickness he’s a special prospect who someone will be really excited about drafting.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Second Round  (from Houston)
Toby Gerhart, RB Stanford 6-0, 231
Overall Pick No. 51 CFN Overall Ranking: 62

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. After losing Chester Taylor, Minnesota needed a No. 2 running back to help out Adrian Peterson. Gerhart can step in and be more of a pounding back who can play from Day One and keep the limit the wear on A.D.’s (it’s NOT A.P., people) tires. He’s a workhorse who doesn’t have to be for the next few years. However, can he be the receiver Taylor was? He’ll have to work to be one.

It’ll be interesting to see what his pitch count is. He might have about 1,000 touches in him before he grinds to a halt, but he could be extremely productive during his limited time. He has excellent speed for his size, is strong, and is coming off an ultra-productive career that finished off with an all-timer of a year that would’ve brought him the Heisman if he had played somewhere east of the Mississippi River. While there’s little wiggle to his game, not much cutback ability, and he’ll take a ton of big shots, he’ll keep the pile moving, has better on-field game speed than he gets credit for, and he can be a workhorse.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Fourth Round   (from Detroit)
Everson Griffen, DE USC 6-3, 273
Overall Pick 101 CFN Overall Ranking: 43

It’s the type of pick Minnesota loves to make: big school, big name, good talent with upside. There hasn’t been a ton of luck with big ends with Erasmus James busting and Kenechi Udeze tragically getting sick, but the Vikings needed a lineman to flank the great tackles and this was a great value pick.

A slight disappointment, he was always good, but he wasn’t an elite performer. The strength and size are there, running an excellent 4.66 40 and lifting 32 reps of 225 pounds, but his raw skills have never been a question mark. Now he needs to get his butt in gear and play up to his talent on a regular basis. There will be moments when he’s special, and then he’ll disappear for long stretches. Someone will fall in love with him on the workouts alone, but it’ll take a great coach to get the best out of him.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Fifth Round
Chris DeGeare, OG/OT Wake Forest 6-4, 325
Overall Pick 161 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

While he’s not a reach here, the Vikings need to be honest in what they got. DeGeare isn’t an NFL tackle and will have to be moved to guard if he wants to be a starter, but he should be a key backup for several spots right away.

Very big and very bulky, he moves well for his size and is a good power blocker. It’ll be hard to move him around; he’s a block of granite. However, he needs to get more muscular, and, stunningly considering he played at Wake Forest, he’s not all that quick at picking up assignments and makes too many mental mistakes. He won’t be able to handle anyone with any athleticism.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

Fifth Round 
Nathan Triplett, LB Minnesota 6-3, 250
Overall Pick 167 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

The Vikings like linebackers, and they need as many prospects as possible to try to replace E.J. Henderson at least for this year. He’s not going to go sideline-to-sideline, but he’ll tackle everything that comes his way.

Tough. Put him in a phone booth and he’ll come out the winner. … Nice size and build. Looks the part of an inside linebacker off the field. … Works his tail off. Always hustling and never takes a play off. … Not an athlete. Forget about putting him outside. … Everything has to come to him. Won’t be able to get after the ball. … Limited. Looks the part off the field, not smooth on it.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Sixth Round 
Joe Webb, QB/ WR UAB 6-3, 223
Overall Pick 199 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

It’s a cute, interesting thought that’s not going to work. The second best player in Conference USA (behind Houston’s Case Keenum), Webb was a one-man gang last year and one of the league’s best playmakers. He’s not enough of a passer to be an NFL quarterback, and he’ll need time to show he can turn into a slow wide receiver. Will the Vikings be patient?
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round (from Cleveland)
Mickey Shuler, TE Penn State 6-4, 241
Overall Pick 214 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

A blocker for the running game, he’s not going to catch any passes, but he could be a fit in two tight-end sets on the other side of Visanthe Shiancoe. He could also step in at fullback once in a while.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round   
Ryan D’Imperio, LB Rutgers 6-1, 244
A tough guy who makes every play and every stop, he was a good leader for the Scarlet Knight defense and could be an instant fit for the Vikings. They’re going with as many linebackers as possible to find a few who can play, and the hope is that he can be a backup in the middle and be used on special teams.
Overall Pick 237 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent