Vikings Draft Analysis
There was a lot of turmoil this year but now it seems like everyone is on the same page.
This is what the first three rounds looked like :
1.18 - Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
2.50 - Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
3.102 - Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
Overall 12 picks were made and according to NFL.com, they received an A for a solid draft class.
Now that just picks for value, the real test is ahead with the new staff coaches and how these players respond to the system.
One of the things that stood out to me was the ability to compensate for lost players. Alexander Mattison is a nice complement to Dalvin Cook and the goal is to see if he can fill the shoes of Latavius Murray.
The tight end is pretty Intriguing though. Irv Smith Jr from Alabama here's what Fox sports have to say.
With the Crimson Tide, Smith played sparingly as a freshman in 2016 while Howard was still a primary cog in the offense. For the 2017 national champions, Smith became more involved with 14 catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Then last year as a junior, he flourished with 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven scores. Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, the fourth-fastest among tight ends, and he was the third player off the board at his position after Iowa teammates T.J. Hockenson (eighth overall to Detroit) and Noah Fant (20th overall to Denver) went in the first round on Thursday night.
“We can line him up wide. We can line him up in tight. We can use him in the backfield. He has a lot of versatility,” Vikings director of college scouting Jamaal Stephenson said, adding: “We want to be more explosive on offense.”
As a run blocker?
“He’s OK. He’s a work in progress, more from that standpoint, but he’s certainly tough enough and willing, which are the two things you look for to project improvement,” Stephenson said.
It looks like he could be a nice fill in for Kyle Rudolph on the depth chart and then who knows.