Very well put. I kept saying we were going to be reloading this year, not rebuilding. But a half way rebuild might be the perfect term. Like obviously we’re rebuilding our secondary but again there is enough talent on the rest of this team to still compete.PacificNorseWest wrote: ↑Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:29 pmIt was brought up elsewhere with me, but instead of just losing a few pieces we all figured would happen, it now appears like a half-way rebuild. Still enough talent to compete, all the while getting younger, either by force or choice.Mothman wrote: ↑Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:20 am
It's not a good sign that the team is losing so much "home-grown" young talent. Ideally, when trying to build, you want to be able to draft, develop and then keep talented players in their prime. What does it say about the Vikes that Waynes, Alexander, Diggs, Weatherly and Kearse are all moving on (Diggs via trade) after their first 4 or 5 years with the team?
It could be worse than Hill and Hughes, I suppose, but so much uncertainty.
But I feel like the reactions during free agency is like this year after year. Like yes, we have lost a good chunk but guys act like the season starts tomorrow and we’re going to suck when we still have the rest of free agency, guys like griff and Harris that we are unsure on, and the draft where we are now loaded with picks.
Why am I not freaking out? Especially when it comes to corners? Because there is nobody on this earth that is more infatuated with corners than zim. They are what makes his defenses engine run. No less, he’s an excellent coach when it comes to DBs. That’s his bread and butter. So if anyone really believes that he’s going to stroll out mike Hughes and Holton hill and say let’s roll, you’re very much mistaken. They definitely have a plan in place.
Now given the amount of holes all these moves have created across the entire roster, young guys will have to step up. I mentioned this towards the end of last season that I think we’re going to need to see guys like maybe Armon Watts, Hercules Mata’afa, Dru Samia, and/or Oli Udoh step up and take over a starting role. They have promise and are on cheap rookie contracts. Are they a sure thing? Hell no. Could they suck horribly? Yes. But there is also no point in drafting some of these guys if you aren’t ever going to give them a shot. Especially the ones like I mentioned above that have showed some promise. Nobody can expect us to fill all of these holes in one offseason and little cap space.
But in the end, I think that they are planning on doing that “half way rebuild” entirely in the draft. Hence why they have 13 picks and could have more soon depending on what happens with Harris. This is a huge year for spielman and really needs another 2015 type draft class. We now have a ton of flexibility to move up to down in the draft whether it’s the first round or 6th round. If we happen to stay put at 22 and 25, don’t be surprised if we end up with about 16 draft picks when it’s all said and done.
And I also believe this is a “2 year halfway rebuild” given we already have plenty of picks coming next year. From what I am seeing via twitter, we are projected to land a 3rd for Waynes, a 6th for Alexander, and possibly a 7th for Kearse. Pierce signing cancels weatherly which wouldve been a 6th. Griff would not bring a pick since it was a voided contract I guess. But either way, we have 13 picks this year plus have a full slate of 7 picks in 2021 along with a 3rd (Waynes), 4th (diggs trade), a 6th (Alexander) and a possible 7th (Kearse). And I’m guessing someone like rashod hill nets us one as well if he goes somewhere else (Compton netted us one). So we would have 13 picks in 2020, two of them being 1st rounders and possibly another 12ish in 2021. That would be adding 24-25 drafted rookies to the talent we already have in two years. That’s a boatload and it excites me the more I think about it. Free agency is just a side dish And I love the pierce signing. The draft is the main course and it’s where our next wave of talent is going to come from.