From: Altadena, CA
Pro personnel group has to earn their money, including Spielman. I've been in the space in an NBA office where they dealt with players already in the league, and they had rankings, groupings, classifications, color coding, etc, for every player in the NBA, the developmental league, and a bunch in Europe. They had extensive data not only on performance, but on their career history, salary history, forward projections, etc. They had trade scenario's that included who was worth a first-rounder, what it might take to get each in terms of draft picks, cash, cap room, players currently on their roster, etc.
The Vikings have to go into the draft with two new starters out of the three interior OL spots, and they probably aren't getting a star. I'd love to get Saffold, but I've thought all along he returns to the Rams unless there's something unknown. When I read that article, none of it surprised me.
We are going to have to be creative and smart, and probably willing to overpay the guys we bring in. What we can't do is wait until the draft, because we might not have guys fall to us who can legitimately start on Day 1 of the 2019 season.
Any offseason plan that doesn't account for two new starting interior OL is a total non-starter, pun somewhat intended. Past failures have made it much harder to field an effective OL in 2019, as Bill said.
The front office has to have started earning their 2019 paychecks well before the present moment or we might already be screwed.