As much as I want the Vikings to get one of the elite players coming out of college - namely Kalil / Jefferey / Martin / Blackmon, i cant bring myself to not root for my purple to win every game left.
I stated previously that I can see 5 very winnable games left in our schedule and that we 2-3 more wins is highly possible - leaving us with 4-5 wins and possibly playing ourselves out of contention for these players.
I have been looking at the rest of the struggling teams around us, and what player they would like to be able to draft. I reckon that Arizona, St Louis, Indianapolis, Carolina, Jacksonville and maybe Denver will present competition for the players that we are likely to target - arguing that all these teams definitely need to upgrade either OT or WR. With Miami, Seattle and possibly Denver likely to target one of the top 3 QB's.
However, there is a glimmer of hope.....
If the Colts do end up with the top pick - they will take Luck. I think he's the only QB they'd be willing to take in the 1st round - the best or nothing. If that happens, then the first 2 picks would be QB's with the Dolphins likely to be picking 1st or 2nd and desperate for a good QB. That pushes the 4 guys we are likely to target down to at least 6th position in the draft. If Seattle drops down into the bottom six then that means we could get one of the elite (non QB) prospects with the 7th pick. And if Tebow continues to stink up the place then they could target a QB.
So with that said - i'm gonna be rooting for the Colts to finish last this year and force the top 2 picks to be QB. And i'll be rooting for the Cardinals to go on a run, and the Panthers / Jaguars eek out a few more results.
But at the end of the day - I reckon a good run for the Vikings in the second half of the season could put us in a better position going into the new season than a low draft pick would. Confidence is everything, and if we go on a good run then that would mean that Ponder is developing nicely and a few of our younger players have a future in this team.