From: Tucson, AZ
ORIGINAL: Ricky J
Post Draft NFL Power Rankings by ESPN
21. Minnesota Vikings
2016 record: 8-8
Post-free agency ranking: No. 19
The Vikings think they upgraded at offensive tackle, and I guess you could make the argument that they could have signed two recliners and not been any worse off there than they were last season. But Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are in the prove-it zone, and the success of Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook is tied to theirs.
Is GB ever ranked lower than 3rd prior to the season?
I think that one year after Hornung quit and Lombardi died ... they sunk to 4th.
I like how NE gets ranked so highly on draft grades because of the veterans they added (and we don't). Even though they only drafted 4 players, none of which based on pre-draft analysis, project as middle of the pack prospects.
As an example, Zierlein at nfl.com's 'draft power rankings':
Patriots, #3 (!!!!)
The Patriots used their draft picks to get "now" players like Brandin Cooks and Kony Ealy, so that should be factored in here. With just four picks, the Patriots didn't pull any shockers and instead opted for tough guys in the trenches in OT Antonio Garcia and DEs Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise. I must have said "Wise is a Patriot" about four times while watching his tape.
The Vikings' draft was spotty. Dalvin Cook is a talented runner who should compete for early carries, while Pat Elflein was my top-rated center. On the flip side, I'm not as high on fourth-round LB Ben Gedeon or fifth-round guard Danny Isadora. Bucky Hodges fell all the way to the sixth round and could become a starter in due time.
BOTTOMLINE: I am just one sick puppy to be offended by draft pundit analysis.
< Message edited by Tom Sykes -- 5/9/2017 9:49:23 AM >