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Grading the Vikings Signing of Will Sutton

If this grade was up to my heart it would be an A+…. maybe even an A++++. There is no possible way I can deny the amount of love I had for Sutton in the 2014 NFL Draft. He racked up 32 sacks during his time at Arizona St. (23.5 in his final year alone). So the talent was there, and the Bears acknowledged it with a 3rd round selection. Unfortunately he hasn’t racked up a sack SINCE that last year of college. He has started 18 games for the Bears over the past 3 years but hasn’t come close to living up to his potential.

Where I think it went wrong was the Bears switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 after Sutton’s rookie season. Sutton just wasn’t made for a 3-4. So there is still hope he could find his own in the Vikings scheme. He will join Linval Joseph, Sharrif Floyd, Tom Johnson, Jaleel Johnson …. So by no means is he a lock to make the roster, but with the question marks surrounding Floyd I would say he has a 50/50 shot.

If I had to put money on it, I say Sutton makes the squad as a rotational guy and even gets his 1st career sack wearing that beautiful purple jersey, but damn it …. that might be my heart talking again. I see it as a low-risk/high-reward type of signing. Worst case he is a camp body who helps push a younger guy to make the team.

 

Grade for signing Will Sutton: A+ ….. Okay maybe not …. C-

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Grading the Vikings Signing of Michael Floyd

The Vikings recently came to terms with troubled former Arizona Cardinal star receiver Michael Floyd, on a one year deal.

The former first round pick put up some big numbers in his career with the Cardinals.  He had 246 receptions for 3,781 yds, and 24 TDs.  He is a physical pass catcher who can make tough grabs in traffic.  Speaking of traffic, that is the big zit on the ass of his NFL career, as he was pulled over in a traffic stop and was so drunk he could hardly speak or knew where he was, and all of this was caught on tape.  He will enter the 2017 season facing a 2-4 game suspension.

This is a classic low risk/high reward type of signing for the Vikings.  Floyd’s talent can’t be denied and if he can win over the coaching staff, he could end up being a very productive part of the Vikings’ 2017 offense.  If he fails, it won’t cost the team too much.  What this signing also does, is put added pressure on last year’s first round pick Laquon Treadwell.  He will need to step up his game to fend Floyd from taking away his reps.

Grade for signing Michael Floyd: C

 

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Grading the Vikings 3rd Round Pick | Pat Elflein

Initial Reaction: Getting Elflein AND Cook without even having a 1st round pick??? Not too ….. shabby. Elflein was highly connected to the Vikings throughout the draft process and after the Cook pick I figured it was a long shot they would get him in round 3. The Ohio St. big man joins an offensive line in desperate need of both a guard and center, which … hold on to your hats … he plays both. While it isn’t 100% yet where he will play as a rookie, all that matters is he will play somewhere and big a big ole upgrade. Smart player who will be a good locker room guy who could start in the NFL for next 8+ years.

Disclaimer: I agree you can’t grade a player before they even put a jersey on, but what fun would that be?

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Grading the Vikings 2nd Round Pick | Dalvin Cook

Initial Reaction: What the #$#%, at no point in the draft process did I think this was even a possibility. So while it was a surprise, it was a pleasant one. Even with the signing of Murray in the offseason Cook has a real shot at being the Vikings starting running back week 1. He has a few character question marks and some injury concerns that scared teams off, but if he can get past that he could be the biggest steal of the entire damn draft. He is a home-run type player who puts up huge games. Has the speed, intangibles and playmaking ability to take it to the house each time he touches the ball. Could put up 1,000+ as a rookie.

Disclaimer: I agree you can’t grade a player before they even put a jersey on, but what fun would that be?

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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers 1st Round Pick

Player Selected: TJ Watt LB, Wisconsin

Initial Reaction: 11.5 sacks last year and will add some of that to the Steelers right away. A great athlete with some pretty decent bloodlines. Might take him some time to reach his full potential but overall a very good pick at the end of round 1.

Disclaimer: I agree you can’t grade a player before they even put a jersey on, but what fun would that be?

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