Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman squashed once and for all (hopefully) the questions about whether the Vikings will trade Adrian Peterson when asked about it a few moments ago.
Asked if they were trying to move Peterson, he said, “No. Not at all. Nothing has changed with Adrian. End of story.”
When asked if anyone had called him about Peterson, Spielman snapped, “I’m not getting into who called or not. Adrian Peterson is under contract as a Minnesota Viking. End of story.”
As for trading back into the first round for the third time in four years, Spielman also shot that down after staying at No. 11 and selecting Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes.
“I don’t think we’ll be able to,” Spielman said. “We don’t have enough currency, I guess is the best way to put it, to get back into the first round. If I had made a trade down [from No. 11]. I was looking to see what the value was and to see if that would give us more to get back into the first. But when the value wasn’t there and you knew that even with what they were offering, you weren’t going to be able to get back into the first, then I didn’t think it was the right thing to do.”
With the 11th pick in the NFL draft, the Vikings selected Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes.
The majority of mock drafts in recent weeks had the Vikings selecting Waynes, who played in 36 games over three years with the Spartans. In 2014, his junior year, he picked off three passes and broke up eight passes. He finished his Michigan State career with six interceptions.
Waynes is listed at 6-foot and 186 pounds and he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds at the combine, solidifying him as the top cornerback in the draft in the eyes of most analysts. He is a feisty cover man who likes to press at the line, which surely appealed to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.
The Vikings have one promising young corner in Xavier Rhodes. Now they have added Waynes to a mix that includes Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Robinson and free-agent addition Terence Newman.
Before the Vikings were on the clock, wide receivers Amari Cooper and Kevin White were selected by the Raiders and Bears, respectively. Offensive lineman Brandon Scherff went to the Redskins.
The Vikings aren’t scheduled to be on the clock until the 45th overall pick in the second round. But with General Manager Rick Spielman manning the draft room, don’t go to bed just quite yet.
Here’s more information on Waynes:
Size: 6-0, 186 poundsAge: 22 (Born July 25, 1992)Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.College: Michigan StateOn Twitter: @twaynes_15Key stat: Waynes’ 4.31-second 40-yard dash was the fastest among defensive backs at the combineAt Michigan State: Started 27 games, was first-team All Big Ten in 2014 and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back in college football). Played in 36 games over three seasons with Spartans, starting 27. Had one year of eligibility remaining. Selected as first-team All-Big Ten in 2014. Was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award (top defensive back). Was defensive recipient of MSU’s Jim Adams Award (unsung hero). Had three interceptions and 46 tackles in 2014. In 2013 started all 13 games and played in nine games in 2012 as a redshirt freshman.At Bradford High School in Kenosha: All-state in football as a senior despite missing three games because of injuries. All-county in baseball as an outfielder, and was third in the 100 meters (10.85 seconds) at the 2011 Division I state track meet.Did you know? Waynes and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon were teammates at Bradford High School. Carmen Gordon, Melvin’s mother, told ESPN about Waynes, “He’s like my son too.” Gordon was taken at No. 15 by the Chargers.NFL Network’s Mike Mayock: “He’s a little bit stiff, but most of those long guys are. He’s got great speed and he comes from a college program where they tackle and are held accountable. He is clean on and off the field.”And finally: Waynes’ parents, Erin and Ron, are middle-school counselors. “[The NFL] was never our agenda in raising him,” Ron Waynes told the Chicago Tribune. “Don’t tell me about the pros, tell me what degree you want to get. And we put him in everything — piano, swimming, drums, wrestling, basketball, soccer, cross-country. Our thing was just be a good person.”
Yep, we got it all figured out. Minutes into the careers of the top 10 players in this year’s NFL draft, we (I) will give my immediate, knee-jerk reaction and then think of a way to destroy any evidence of this blog post a year from now.
Here we go:
7:12: 1, Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Knee-jerk reaction: Don’t like it. Too many character issues. Too immature. On the field, he had all those great comebacks. But usually he had to come back because he put his team in holes with bad decisions. Not saying he won’t succeed. And, believe it or not, he didn’t interview with me or do a private workout in my backyard. And I didn’t make him take a psychological test or do a background check on him. This is a gut feeling. And this guy would scare me. But not nearly as much as it would if there wasn’t a rookie salary cap.
7:20: 2, Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Knee-jerk reaction: He’s better than any quarterback they have, so I like it. You can’t win with the QBs, the Titans have. I would have preferred the loot that allegedly was being discussed before the pick: The 20th pick, a future No. 1, a No. 3 and multiple starters from Philadelphia. That sounds better than a QB who doesn’t overwhelm me. But the bottom line is he’s someone they can build around as opposed to what they have.
7:27: 3, Jaguars: Dante Fowler Jr. DE/OLB, Florida
Knee-jerk reaction: I like this pick, which is why I picked him in my mock over Leonard Williams, the more popular No. 3 selection. He’s a playmaker who disrupts the backfield and plays hard and fast. Will he be great? Who knows. But I like him at No. 3 for a team that needs a difference-maker on defense. Or offense. Or anywhere, really.
7:34: 4, Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Knee-jerk reaction: Well, I had Kevin White going here because he’s bigger and faster than Cooper. I can’t get out of my old-Raiders mentality. Oakland appears to be getting more competent on draft day. This is a solid pick of the receiver who is most ready to play right away. Good pick of a guy who not only had the good 40 time, but the production and tape to boot.
7:40: 5, Redskins: OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa
Knee-jerk reaction: The guy many thought was going to the Vikings went higher than anyone predicted. But that doesn’t mean he was a reach. That just means all of us on the outside don’t have all the information we think we need to make these calls. Scherff can play guard or tackle. He’s a mauler and he can play and play well right away. Solid pick from a franchise that has been learning in recent years that glitzy moves don’t pay off without decisions like this to make the team bigger and stronger.
7:47: 6, Jets: Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal
Knee-jerk: Wow. I didn’t think the Jets would stay true to the whole best-player-on-the-board thing that everybody says they do and then don’t. I had Williams sliding past the Jets to the Bears. The Jets don’t have a need there, but Williams was too good to pass at No. 6. You have to admire them for that.
7:53: 7, Bears: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Knee-jerk reaction: Yeah, he’s a talented receiver who’s big with the whole catch radius and ball skills thing. But what about that horrible defense in Chicago. The Bears have ranked 31st in the league in points allowed in back-to-back years. They needed defense, defense and more defense. Don’t like the pick. But won’t say it’s a total botching of the pick. The size of the Bears’ top 2 wideouts are once again a matchup headache for teams that don’t have two big corners.
8:00: 8, Falcons: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Knee-jerk reaction: The Falcons needed a pass rusher and the best player on the board sure seemed to be this guy. So it looks like a good pick. The Falcons have the QB and the WRs. Now, they have a key piece to knock down the other teams’ QBs and disrupt the rhythm with those QBs’ WRs.
8:06: 9, Giants: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
Knee-jerk reaction: We all knew the Giants were going to address their offensive line with this pick. It’s a wise decision when you have a top-10 pick and need help up front. This guy can play left tackle, but has the size and strength to play on the right side if needed. I had the Giants taking this guy. Some would say he went too high, but give the Giants credit for identifying the player they liked regardless of all the chatter.
Prop bets are ridiculous things, but those who make the odds are often in the know. This is proven year after year, when Vegas keeps making more money and the general betting public gripes about woulda coulda shouldas.
As such, maybe we should pay attention to some prop bet odds from the Football Betting Center to help give us some instruction on what might happen in tonight’s first round of the NFL draft.
For instance, the odds of QB Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota going 1-2 (either order, but likely Winston first) are 1 to 2. For every $100 won, you’d need to wager $200. In other words, the draft doesn’t really get interesting until pick three (though a trade or a non-QB pick in the top two could change that).
For Vikings fans, the most interesting prop is about Adrian Peterson. The site puts the odds at 7 to 2 that Peterson will be traded during the draft. Essentially, they think it’s a long shot, but not a ridiculous long shot.
While I still think Peterson will be traded, I know I’m in the minority. Thank goodness we’ll all know soon enough.
Also, consider this an opportunity for shameless self-promotion: myself and Master Tesfatsion will be going live at 7 p.m. on startribune.com with a Vikings-focused draft livestream, and we’ll be staying on through the Vikings’ first-round pick (yes, even if they trade down). We’re both wearing suits, which is maybe enough to convince you to watch even if you don’t like football?