NFL scouting reports can be, and often are, hit or miss. There are those evaluations that absolutely nail it, but for the most part, the assessments are a bag of half-truths. Let's face it: It's a hard job to project how successful a college player will be as a pro. If Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick out of Michigan, doesn't teach us that, nothing will. With that in mind, we thought we'd look back to see some of what scouts from NFL.com and a few other outlets had to say about a few of the Vikings' most prominent players. For example:
Quarterback Kirk Cousins, fourth round, 2012, Redskins. What they said: "He is a self-made guy, a tireless worker who has deficiencies that could hurt his pro potential. He is not a very strong deep thrower; while his velocity is adequate, his accuracy when throwing deep is questionable. … Based on the production and leadership at Michigan State, Cousins has late-round value to a team looking for someone to compete for a backup role."