DN reader Bill Sloss e-mailed me a question about a potential draft scenario that the Vikings could potentially be facing. In Bill's scenario, the first 6 picks go like this:
Oakland - JaMarcus Russell, QB, Louisiana State
Tampa Bay (from Detroit) - Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
Cleveland - Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
Detroit (from Tampa Bay) - Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
- Arizona - Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
- Buffalo (from Washington) - Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
So. . .what the heck do we do? Aside from the whole "curling up in the fetal position and crying" approach, I mean.
Personally, I don't think there's any reason for that approach, because I would have no problem pulling the trigger on the guy that, in my personal opinion, is the best defensive player available in this year's draft.
LaRon Landry, S, Louisiana State
Yes, I realize that it looks like the Vikings are pretty loaded at the safety spot, and Landry might be a bit of overkill. However, if you look closer:
-Mike Doss: 1-year contract
-Tank Williams: 1-year contract
-Dwight Smith: 2 years left on his contract
-Darren Sharper: 2 years left on his contract
Landry would have this team set at safety for 10 years. He's big, fast, athletic, and has drawn favorable comparisons to Ed Reed. Sounds pretty darn good to me.
A couple of other considerations in this spot would be Amobi Okoye and Jamaal Anderson (or possibly trading down). . .but if the draft fell this way, I would have no problem with grabbing LaRon Landry. I'd have the card to the podium without hesitation, in that case.