I've noticed a lot of Viking fans here on the Daily Norseman mention something about trusting our coaches and the GM to make the right moves in this draft. I'm not sure that is 100 % accurate as drafting players relies heavily on fate and factors out of everyone's control. It seems recently as though the the Vikings have a "clue" or at least a vision of what the team will look like in the future. This is great in some regards, however, I'm a Viking fan so I assume the worst. Maybe I have trust issues. Maybe I have fear of commitment. Can't really blame me as I am a Viking fan. Maybe the bad karma has finally been lifted.
Off-season moves made by the Vikings have historically been of the short-term mentality. If I were to psychoanalyze the Vikings situation I would say: the Vikings have suffered severe trauma in the past and has been working on its issues for the past thirty or so years by kind of tinkering with the roster here and there with no sense of direction. Why do I say this? Why does it seem like we haven't had a clue nor been committed to a particular football philosophy? WE HAVEN'T HAD A GM SINCE MIKE LYNN! Yes, if my Wikipedia sources are correct, the Vikings haven't had a GM since Mike Lynn. That Mike Lynn. The Mike Lynn who is arguably the greatest GM in Dallas Cowboy's history. That Mike Lynn. I'm not in the mood to look up other teams and the "history of GMs" around the league to check if having an absent GM is common. But the Vikings have been operating with a "by committee approach" to the roster. In fact, Speilman wasn't technically the GM during the Ponder draft. Basically what I am trying to say is that I am grateful we have GM now. These moves seem decisive and thoughtful. Spielman might be there for a long time. Or this draft might be a failure and the Vikings will have to look for a new GM. But the Vikings are now ready to commit to a GM and to a football philosophy. I think that is good news.