Monday, January 07, 2013

Rodgers' Performance Evokes Bad Memories for Vikings' Fans

In 2005, Aaron Rodgers was going to be the number one pick in the NFL draft all the way up to draft day.  Then, in a stroke of Denny Green-like insanity, the 49ers picked the "hot" quarterback from the combines, selecting Alex Smith.  With other teams having greater needs and/or simply making bad picks, Rodgers plummeted down the draft board.

One of those teams making bad decisions was the Minnesota Vikings.  With the 7th and 18th picks in the 2005 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Troy Williamson to replace Randy Moss, who had been traded to Oakland to save Red McCombs a few bucks, and Erasmus James.  Rodgers went six picks after James.

Williamson and James did nothing but embarrass the Vikings during their runs in Minnesota.  Rodgers did what he continues to do.

As if passing on Rodgers were not bad enough, Minnesota also passed over Roddy White, Logan Mankins, Lofa Tatupu, Vincent Jackson, Frank Gore, Justin Tuck, and many other notables.

Up Next:  Vikings' Move.

1 comment:

Shawn Kriegshauser said...

Long time reader here, just catching up on your last several posts. No disrespect, but this logic angle has always been a pet peeve of mine. If you look at every draft of every team in the NFL in hindsight, you will see missed opportunities 100% of the time. The draft is a crap shoot, and teams simply have to go with the info that is in front of them at the time when the make their selections. I remember the draft where Rodgers was sliding down the board, and I wasn't bothered by the Williamson & James picks at all at the time. They made sense. All these years later those two picks look absurd, but that's how it goes. Teams simply do the best they can at that moment in time, and hope it works out. The crime is committed when teams don't cut the cord at the appropriate time with bad picks, and the Vikings are getting dangerously close to that time with Ponder.