Postmortem 1 from Darren
I definitely second Darren's concern about the Vikings not drafting linebackers. The Vikes have done enough to try shore up their secondary this off-season (in addition to getting Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook back, they signed Zach Bowman and Chris Carr, and drafted Harrison Smith, Josh Robinson, and Robert Blanton: that's five new defensive backs on the roster, plus two who were out for significant time last season). I don't know how much more the Vikings could do for the secondary between '11 and '12, and based on what they've done, I no longer consider the secondary the weakest unit on the roster. As of today, the weakest spot might just be the linebacker corps.
But if LB isn't the weakest current position, WR might still be, so let's ask some questions about the new WRs.
I like the Vikings' fourth round WR picks of Arkansas teammates Jarius Wright and Greg Childs. It seems to me if we could combine those two guys' attributes into one player, we'd a) be playing god b) be very rich and c) get to see a superb WR. The SI scouting report touts Wright's speed and downfield ability, but notes his size pushes him into the slot, and Childs has size but, evidently, the sort of speed and burst that makes for a possession receiver. They join Percy Harvin, whom we've established is a slot-backfield type WR who does his best work running after the catch, Jerome Simpson (who seems to have downfield ability) and a combo platter of inconsistency and mediocrity. Can you expect slot receivers to do what they do without decent guys on the outside? I feel the Vikings are suddenly loaded at pass catchers from the slot and tight end spots, but who plays productively on the outside? It seems there's going to be a heavy burden on Simpson to produce as a wideout, because everybody else seems to be an inside and/or underneath player.
Of course, maybe it doesn't matter. There are a lot of good short WRs that produce from the slot well, and changing NFL rules and concussion concerns have given small inside receivers a lot more room to work safely. The Patriots had a great downfield passing attack that consisted mainly of tight ends and legendary slot receiver Wes Welker, so maybe finding that big dynamic WR to split out wide isn't has important as it used to be.
Are you happy with what the Vikings have done at WR so far? Should they have made WR their focus with their 2nd or 3rd round picks?