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With pick #175, MINN selects - Blair Walsh [K] UGA
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
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We simply can't afford to waste a roster space on a guy who will simply just kickoff.

why would that be a waste?

a waste would be drafting a guy who never sees the field. when you think about it.


Team needs suggest that if we draft someone, they have somewhat of an expanded role. Matt Kalil fixed 2 positions on the Oline, Harrison Smith could possibly play both Safety postions, and his former/new teammate can play S/CB. Ellison is basically an H-Back. One role players seem to me like a thing of the past.

With how much talent this team lacks, I just wouldn't be too happy keeping 2 kickers. It makes no sense for a rebuilding team. Keep 1 guy (hopefully Walsh), let him develop, and be your long term option at Kicker, not someone who is what now? 38 years old?
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yeah, he looks like a dude named "Blaire".


Btw, wasn't there a kicker from Cal, or something, we were looking at?
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Seeing how he might need to better his accuracy as a kicker, can we call this one the Blair Walsh Project? Laughing


I like it, Steve!


A fine pick that shouldn't have really surprised anyone. Walsh is the top ranked kicker, and Longwell no longer kicks long so well. It may be so long, farewell. Okay, sorry. But this is certainly a good year to break in a new kicker who has the tools to last. The Longwell salary money can be used elsewhere, correct? A blown game or two in 2012 doesn't scare me as much as an kicker merry-go-round in 2013 and beyond. Walsh has shown that he has the leg and the accuracy. A poor 2011 for him may ends up being a big break for us. For now, I'll consider this pick a starter. Good value all around this draft.
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Seeing how he might need to better his accuracy as a kicker, can we call this one the Blair Walsh Project? Laughing


I like it, Steve!

Ripped it off from Tom Pelissero
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Turns out our ST coach had a private workout with Blair and liked what he saw.
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Tom Pelissero ‏ @TomPelissero

#Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer went down and privately worked out kicker Blair Walsh. They kept that one under wraps.
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Tom Pelissero ‏ @TomPelissero

#Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer went down and privately worked out kicker Blair Walsh. They kept that one under wraps.


THEY TRICKED THEM. Laughing I hope he can learn to be more mentally tough. They should make him make internet stuff. Toughest critics ever lol
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Tom Pelissero ‏ @TomPelissero

#Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer went down and privately worked out kicker Blair Walsh. They kept that one under wraps.

subtrefuge! love it!
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I think taking a kicker and giving him a shot is a better idea than a LBer that probably won't make the roster. Good move, taking a kicker. No idea if this guy is any good or not...
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His legs are so short. How does he pack a punch on that ball with a 5-9 frame? Laughing
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He's legs are so short. How does he pack a punch on that ball with a 5-9 frame? Laughing

Hydraulics.
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His legs are so short. How does he pack a punch on that ball with a 5-9 frame? Laughing

that's how tall the Gramatica brothers were. they had fine careers.
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His legs are so short. How does he pack a punch on that ball with a 5-9 frame? Laughing


Coming from a soccer background, I can safely say that having a powerful boot has little to nothing to do with the length of your legs.
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yeah, he looks like a dude named "Blaire".


Btw, wasn't there a kicker from Cal, or something, we were looking at?


Yea there was a kicker from Western Missouri who we really liked but the Rams took him before us in Round 6
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Think of it this way:

We took the 1st or 2nd best Kicker in this draft.
Maybe this is Longwell last season here.
So we drafted a starter for the 2013 season, after he gets a year seasoning under Longwell.

Its just bad karma to hate on a Kicker Razz

I agree that players taken in round 6-7 have a 9% chance of being a starter, I would bet that if you isolated kickers, their percentage is higher then the masses


The other thing is it's not just about the FGs any more. Longwell no longer has the leg to kick it through the End Zone on every kick-off, and that puts you at a huge disadvantage with the new rules introduced last year.

Do you go with a guy who will miss an extra three or four FGs over the course of the season, or a guy who will give up an extra three or four long kick returns?
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