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|Vikings Pass On First Pick|
The Minnesota Vikings passed on their No. 7 spot
in the NFL Draft on Saturday when team officials couldn't make up
their minds who they wanted within the allotted 15 minutes.
They eventually made the pick, but not before Jacksonville and Carolina snuck in ahead of them in a flurry of activity that had the draft buzzing.
How did it happen? ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli has the story.
Randy Mueller is analyzing the draft for ESPN.com. Here's his first-round take:
The first surprise of the day came at pick No. 6. Not because New Orleans traded up, but because of who they selected -- Johnathan Sullivan. Most people thought Sullivan could have been picked up in the mid-first round. The Saints must have gotten word that somebody had their eye on him and couldn't make a deal to get pick 10, 11 or 12, so they went all the way up to six to get him.
The Saints did, however, get good value. They were able to make a cheap deal and they got the guy they wanted -- mission accomplished.
Next up was the Vikings who provided an even bigger surprise by passing twice before selecting Oklahoma State's Kevin Williams at No. 9. To my knowledge, no one has ever passed on a first round pick before. The spin doctors will be hard at work on this one (and I'm not talking about the singing group). While the Vikings waited, picks came in fast and furious. Give Jacksonville and Carolina credit for being ready and jumping in quickly.
With their picks received from the Jets deal on Friday, Chicago turned their fourth pick into Penn State DE Michael Haynes and Florida QB Rex Grossman.
Figuring that quantity was needed more than quality, the gutsy move of the day goes to the Buffalo Bills who showed excellent foresight by selecting Willis McGahee with pick No. 23. In my mind, the reward outweighs the risk.
The last few first-round picks were no surprise as teams filled specific needs. Of those, I like the Giants pick of Miami DT William Joseph. People have spent the last month trying to pick him apart, but the fact is, he makes plays. Florida WR Taylor Jacobs and Maryland LB E.J. Henderson had to be considered upsets for sliding to the second round.
|Charles Rogers, Dewayne Robertson, Carson Palmer, Terence Newman, Byron Leftwich, look on before the start of the 2003 NFL Draft.|