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A "What If" Scenario

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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:

  1. Oakland - JaMarcus Russell, QB, Louisiana State
  2. Tampa Bay (from Detroit) - Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
  3. Cleveland - Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
  4. Detroit (from Tampa Bay) - Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
  5. Arizona - Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
  6. Buffalo (from Washington) - Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
This poses an interesting problem for the Vikings, should it happen.  The top two quarterbacks are gone, the top DE on the board is gone, the top OL on the board is gone, and both the big name offensive playmakers are gone.

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.