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Re-evaluating the draft

Posted by: under Vikings, Brad Childress, Vikings players, Brad Childress, Brett Favre, Phil Loadholt, Vikings draft Updated: December 16, 2009 - 9:40 AM

SI.com NFL writer Don Banks did his annual re-draft this week and he's clearly high on the Vikings first two draft picks, Percy Harvin and Phil Loadholt, the No. 22 and No. 54 overall selections.

In hindsight, Banks writes that the Kansas City Chiefs should have selected Harvin with the No. 3 overall pick, and that the Cincinnati Bengals should have gone with Loadholt at No. 6 overall.

I think most would agree that Harvin is a Top-10 talent but slid to the Vikings at No. 22 because of character concerns.

Banks believes the Bengals should have gone with Loadholt over Alabama tackle Andre Smith, who had a lengthy holdout in training camp and then got injured. Loadholt lasted until the second round, but he has started 12 of 13 games and played pretty well on the right side.

Here is Banks re-worked first round.

The Vikings return to practice today in what should be a busy day at Winter Park. We'll be monitoring Harvin developments to see if he returns to practice after missing all of last week and Sunday's game while dealing with migraines. Brad Childress said during his weekly appearance on Sirius Radio on Tuesday that Harvin should be back today.

Childress and quarterback Brett Favre will hold their weekly news conferences today. We also have conference calls with Carolina coach John Fox and quarterback Matt Moore.

Speaking of the Panthers, they placed right tackle Jeff Otah on injured reserve because of a knee injury. They have now lost both of their starting tackles to season-ending injuries. Left tackle Jordan Gross was placed on injured reserve earlier.

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