Who else could the picture be today?
It is a shame that Allen is gone. But age and money must have been the big reasons. Not talent. The story is here. I will say that I am not that upset and that I believe it was a bad trade in the end. I think it was ultimately a setback. Of course, the person in charge at that time thought he had a QB. But still, the Vikings could have selected Cliff Avril in the 3rd round that year. They would have had to let Robison start which may not have been a bad thing at all. In September of that year Jason Babin was unexpectedly released and no one claimed him. The Vikings could have made a play for him too. But that was not known at the time of the Allen trade. A couple of years later Julius Peppers came onto the market. I just think that while Allen was great while here, the cost was too high and ultimately the team did not win a Super Bowl (no fault of Allen).
Ted did a story about retiring numbers here. There are some current Vikings who I would not be upset if they retired their numbers in as far as them wearing the number.
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I used the fanspeak mock draft site and their premium (you have to pay $4.95) feature which allows for trades. I used the walterfootball big board as the guide for the draft. I could have used the fanspeak or optimumscouting big boards as alternatives.
I traded the Vikings first round pick next year to the 49ers for their 1st, 2nd, and a 5th round pick this year. Obviously this would be a heck of a trade especially coming from the 49ers point of view. But I would not mind it at all. Since this draft is supposedly very "deep" maybe now is the time to get extra picks. Plus, I do not expect to be drafting in the top 10 next year anyway. Does anyone feel that way? So getting extra picks now and starting to develop them right away could pay dividends in 2016 or 2017.
1st trade - 1.8 to the Steelers for 1.15, 2.14, & 5.17
2nd trade - 1.15 & 4.18 to the Dolphins for 1.19 & 3.17
3rd trade - 2015 1st to the 49ers for 1.30, 2.24, & 5.30
4th trade - 2.8 & 4.8 to the Texans for 2-1
5th trade - 2.14, 5.8, & a 2015 5th to the Bills for 2.9
6th trade - 3.17 to the Packers for 3.21 7 5.21
7th trade - 6.8 & a 2015 4th to the Bengals for 4.23 & 5.23
8th trade - 2015 7th to Seattle for 7.32
1.19 QB JOHNNY MANZIEL TEXAS A&M 6.8
1.30 LB RYAN SHAZIER OHIO STATE 6.8
2.1 DT RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN MINNESOTA 6.8
2.9 CB KYLE FULLER VIRGINIA TECH 6.8
2.24 DE TRENT MURPHY STANFORD 6.7
3.8 RB BISHOP SANKEY WASHINGTON 6.6
3.21 OT ANTONIO RICHARDSON TENNESSEE 6.8
3.32 TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ IOWA 6.6
4.23 DT KELCY QUARLES SOUTH CAROLINA 6.7
5.2 QB A.J. MCCARRON ALABAMA 6.7
5.17 ILB LAMIN BARROW LSU 6.6
5.21 WR JOSH HUFF OREGON 6.6
5.30 RB DE'ANTHONY THOMAS OREGON 6.6
7.32 FB TREY MILLARD OKLAHOMA ??
That is a lot of players no? How can they all make the team? Well, I challenge you to find 14 candidates that they can beat out for a job. Should not be too hard.
I like trading away the pick next year for extra picks this year. Sure there will be some "cant miss" players next year as well. There always are. But getting those 5 players in the first two rounds is not bad and could mitigate the cost of trading that pick away.
How ironic is it that I stated it was not a good trade for Allen because it cost too much in terms of draft picks and then I go and trade one away in this mock? Is that ironic or just plain stupid?