This is why you draft a Guard in the 1st round, when your biggest need is at Guard. Every Vikings fan could see this scenario coming a mile away...
But if Hughes is a stud, and a great return guy, they did just fine. My opinion at the time, and now, is that they should have taken Hughes AND traded up to catch a guard in the early 2nd round.
I have a feeling Hernandez will be a stud, at least as a run blocker. He is certainly in a GREAT position with having a HC that seems to know how to get a run game going, and then a RB with the potential of Barkley.
We'll see, they could both have career ending injuries in the preseason, and I am only about 40% accurate when you total all my predictions and "feelings".
I had a very immediate reaction to the drafting of Hughes. I also tried to be open minded about the selection and been vocal (I think) as to the value he could bring and looks like he will bring. A lock down corner in this league OR even a Wayne level player is a huge add to any team.
I was demonstrative the night of the draft and immediately after about the team's inability to recognize the flow of the draft. There were many interior line needy teams at the top of the second round, and already guards had started coming off earlier than projections. They get paid big buck and they missed the obvious. I will always believe this was an error. (I also think Hernandez will be a stud). Rick being afraid to use 2019 capital when we were already going to get additional picks was a major fail. I'll be the first to admit I'm wrong but that was my opinion at the time (and still is)
That said, s*** happens and we have to roll with it. I expect we can. But I think it's b.s. there are those telling us not to worry. There was a huge drop off in the line when Easton went down last yr. Is he Allpro? No, but he made the line better.
Compton was terrible in washington and for the bears. It is not reassuring to have a "veteran", knowing he's mostly likely going to start 16 games. Versatile back-up he is, not looking forward to him starting. Hope a youngster forces his way into the lineup.
Two good posts! Easton is/was a good guard, we will have to do without him this year. The preseason is like this for many teams, guys go down, other guys have to play, it's a bummer, but a fact of life in the NFL. I also wanted the Vikings to trade up and get a linemen in the second round, didn't happen, we got O'Neil and we'll have to see how that plays out. One thing that has been steady the past 10-12 years is that O-linemen coming out of college are taking a year or two before they are really worth anything. Yes, there are a few that come in to the league and do OK their first year, but the pro game takes a little time for these guys to get it.
Lets let the preseason play out. I believe we will be impressed by the steps a couple of our younger guys make. Hell, I remember Easton when he first got here, there was a reason it took a couple years for him to become a starting linemen. I liked Easton, but really, he was just a decent guard, I love his tenacity and hope we find someone with it to replace him, but this is not the end of the world and probably not the last person to go down with a season ending injury if the odds hold true.
What does alarm me is Cousins getting frustrated during red zone drills in practice. You don't need to see your new leader getting hard on himself because he's missed a play. That shit happens, but if he's getting too hard on himself, he may be showing signs that he has a problem in this area and that he knows it, that's not good. Man up No. 8, you're practicing against the best defense in the league and they are not going to give anything cheap!