When everybody was nonetheless enjoying Sherlock Holmes to common supervisor Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s draft philosophy, there was a lingering thought that the Minnesota Vikings may use their No. 12 total choose of the 2022 NFL draft on a receiver.
The considered pairing one other high-end offensive playmaker with a expertise group that already had Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Okay.J. Osborn was the stuff of NFL desires.
And perhaps—simply perhaps—it will have been a actuality if the group wasn’t already so deep. Justin Jefferson is among the finest receivers within the league, and Adam Thielen is a two-time Pro Bowler with loads of juice nonetheless left within the tank. And Osborn is coming off an unbelievable season—50 receptions, 655 yards and 7 touchdowns.
But really, the true driving power behind the Vikings’ choice to stay with what they have already got was second-year receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette. According to The Athletic’s Chad Graff, the previous fifth-round draft pick of Iowa is a part of the explanation why the group didn’t draft one other receiver early.
After watching observe at OTAs, Graff wrote:
“Ihmir Smith-Marsette came down with an impressive catch during one drill. He’s part of the reason the Vikings didn’t feel the need to add a wide receiver early in the draft. The Vikings are excited to see how the 2021 fifth-round pick progresses after impressing the previous coaching staff in training camp last year.”
Smith-Marsette flashed final season when hauling in three receptions for 103 yards and one landing towards the Chicago Bears in Week 18.
The Vikings had been sensible to make use of their draft picks on respectable bother spots, whereas giving their younger gamers an opportunity to really develop within the offense. Smith-Marsette’s surging expertise might clearly result in him getting extra alternatives in coach Kevin O’Connell’s offense.
At the tip of the day, the Vikings got here to the rightful conclusion that there’s no use in looking for one other diamond when one may probably exist already on their roster.
Whether that participant is Smith-Marsette or not stays to be seen. But there are these from time to time performs that give pause and make you suppose that it is perhaps.
It makes you surprise if perhaps the long run is already right here.
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