Since there are no action pictures of Michael Boireau, please accept this picture of the Vikings' cheerleaders as a compromise. Hey, what can I say. . .I know my audience. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Generally, when it comes to these posts, I like to have some sort of a picture to go with the player in question. However, in the case of defensive tackle Michael Boireau, that's an impossibility. Why, you might ask?
Well, allow me to explain it to you.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Boireau, a defensive end from the University of Miami, with their second of two second round picks, the 56th selection overall, in the 2000 NFL Draft. Denny Green, well renowned for his ability to pick out defensive line talent (he said sarcastically), took three defensive linemen with the team's first three picks in that draft, with Boireau being selected after Boston College's Chris Hovan and Wake Forest's Fred Robbins. While Hovan was a solid, if not serviceable, player for most of his time in Minnesota, and Robbins wasn't anything special for the Vikings (but did go on to play well in other locales), Boireau was nothing short of a complete bust.
To illustrate, here are the numbers that Boireau compiled in two years as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Zero games played, zero tackles, zero sacks, zero forced fumbles, zero passes defended. . .more zeroes than Lambda Lambda Lambda.
No, Boireau didn't set foot on the field for the Vikings for two seasons. It was largely due to injury, but when a player doesn't even get onto the field for two years and then you cut him, there really isn't a positive way to spin it. Getting absolutely nothing out of Boireau for two seasons makes him one of the worst draft selections the Vikings have made, in my opinion.
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