y #18 overall Fran Tarkenton Jersey , which was widely expected according to many recent mock drafts.I didnít expect Bradbury to be the pick, given that the Vikings had not met with..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL DraftSnap Judgments of the Garrett Bradbury PickNew,307commentsCDTShareTweetShareShareSnap Judgments of the Garrett Bradbury PickChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsThe Vikings picked Garrett Bradbury #18 overall, which was widely expected according to many recent mock drafts.I didnít expect Bradbury to be the pick, given that the Vikings had not met with him in the pre-draft process and at the owners meeting last month said they were more or less happy with Elflein at center.Perhaps this is Spielman learning from last year, when the Vikings were said to be high on Frank Ragnow, only to have him drafted ahead of the Vikings.This year it wasnít so apparent in the pre-draft process, even if most mock drafters saw past it.In any case, Iím going to go it on a limb, despite the Vikings being coy on what position heíll play, and say he is the new starting center for the Minnesota Vikings.What they do with Pat Elflein is anybodyís guess, but weíll talk about that another time.The Vikings had a few offensive linemen to choose from when they were on the clock at #18, and had offers to trade down according to Rick Spielman, but turned them down.Spielman said Bradbury was, ďfar and awayĒ the prospect they had highest on their board as the draft unfolded, and there is reason to believe that at face value, even though thatís what most GMs say after their pick.Clearly the Vikings had a need in the offensive line position group, and after free agency moves center and left guard were the two weakest positions.Bradbury was not only seen as a/the top center in the draft class, but also clearly the best zone blocking offensive lineman in this draft class.Some would say in the past few draft classes.Given those parameters Brett Favre Jersey , it makes sense Bradbury would rise to the top of the Vikings draft board.One can argue that Bradbury wasnít the best value at #18, but with Chris Lindstrom going well ahead of expectations at #14, he may not have been available much longer either.Certainly not at #50, the Vikings next pick.So, rather than trade down and see what happens, Spielman elected to stand pat and go with Bradbury at #18.And so far snap judgments of the Vikings pick have been very good.Sports Illustrated gave the Vikings the only A+ grade of the entire first round:Clearly scheme fit could not have been better, and as a/the top prospect at a position of need, pretty good pick.Over at cbssports.com, Pete Prisco gave it a B+:Not much insight, but still a pretty good grade.He graded nine picks better.Over at Pro Football Focus (PFF), pretty decent review:The biggest negative here is the value at #18, which I discussed, rather than the pick himself.And at SBnation, Dan Kadar gave the Vikings pick a B+ as well:Grade: B+Again not terribly insightful- these are quick blurbs after all - but generally positive if not glowing.He graded ten picks higher.At ESPN, Courtney Cronin had this to say:Iím not sure thereís much question, really, what position Bradbury will play.Elflein hasnít played well at center and it remains to be seen if heís better at guard. Over at The Draft Network, they had this to say:They went on to call the Vikingsí pick of Bradbury one of the five best in the first round.Starting to get repetitive, but understandably so.Bradbury is the best zone blocking lineman in this year's draft Adam Thielen Jersey , and thatís what the Vikings are going to do.Walt over at Walter football gave the pick a B+ as well:The one thing I remain skeptical about in several comments is Elflein at guard.Iíd like to see competition there too.And a quality draft pick tomorrow and/or Saturday.And if itís between Reiff and Elflein at left guard, I donít see Elflein winning that competition.Chad Reuter at nfl.com gave the Vikings an ďAí for Day One of the draft:Overall pretty universal praise for the Vikings first pick of the 2019 Draft. Four more days of mock drafts.......then the 2020 mock drafts will begin."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsOpen ThreadsMinnesota Vikings News and Links: April 22, 2019New,507commentsFour more days of mock drafts.......then the 2020 mock drafts will begin.CDTShareTweetShareShareMinnesota Vikings News and Links: April 22, 2019Merry Monday, everyone!I hope everyone had a safe, enjoyable, and relaxing Easter holiday-ish weekend. Mine was fun mixed in with a project I didnít finish because it was interrupted by various factors. My driveway needs to be re-caulked, so the process is 1) dig out old sealant2) prep the divides (those straight lines you see on sidewalks and concrete slabs) and 3) apply new sealant. Steps one and two went great. Between my edger (used carefully), my side grinder with a wire wheel attachment, and a wire brush attachment for my drill, I had old caulk out, the divides cleaned, and the concrete ready. Step three, which would normally be the easy step, was not easy. First, I made the mistake of purchasing the sealant at Big Box Store A, because the industrial supply company wasnít open on Saturday. I got it home, and after the first few feet Stefon Diggs Jersey , I stopped, and after some select words for the crappy product, threw the used tube away and put the rest in a bag for return. Good news!With help from Google, I found a place that sells the sealant I want. Mrs. Fishiní went to the store for me and brought the stuff home. I get going, and things are moving.......until I get to tube 2, and the sealant is bad. It must have gotten frozen or something, because it was half-hardened in the tube, and useless. Tube 3 was okay, tube 4 and 5, the same as the second. Well, that stinks. Oh well, I can go take the 3 useless tubes back and replace them, get home and finish the project that night or Sunday morning, and be done by noon. Great plan, until it started to rain. Rain was not in the forecast, but it rained anyway, without my permission. Hmph. All my backer rod was in, and now soaked. So, project is delayed until tonight Harrison Smith Jersey , unless a monsoon decides to show up unannounced.At least we had a fun Easter. While Mrs. Fishiní and Little Fishiní were gone, I used some cotton balls to create a little trail where the Easter Bunny made his rounds, stopped by kiddoís legos and built a lego rabbit, and left eggs and eventually, an Easter basket (including two water cannons, one for kiddo and one for me. Those things are cool, theyíll shoot water about 50 feet! Our yard will be a mini war zone this summer.) Kiddo had a blast, then we went to my brotherís farm & ate way too much & played pinochle, and did more Easter egg hunting. Then home to my uncompleted project, which still aggravates me a bit, but will be completed tonight, so all is well. Happy belated Easter, everyone. Keep an eye out in the fanposts for my annual Easter post, sorry it is a day late, but the weekend got a bit....hectic.Around the DN since our last open thread:Ted has the grand finale of The Greatest Playoff Win of All Time Tournament.MarkSP18 completed and posted Vikings Mock 4.21-Getting Bigger.Vikings news from elsewhere, NFL news, and anything else entertaining or annoying:If you havenít seen the Vikings 2019 schedule, Vikings.com has it for you, and the crew on Winning Formula breaks it down for you.Kelly Stafford Dru Samia Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , wife of Matthew Stafford, is recovering at home after undergoing a 12-hour brain surgery, per NFL.com.Yikes, Iím glad all went well, but thatís a scary ordeal.From NFL.com, Donovan McNabb thinks the Eagles should draft another QB. Here is a quote from the ever-articulate McNabb I donít know what that means, either. I guess weíll let it handle as it will handle itself. Goofball.We come to todayís media selection:We havenít played any Kenny Wayne Shepherd in a while, so letís change that. Enjoy!Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:No discussion of politics or religionNo feeding of the trollsThis isnít a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the doorKeep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tagsNo pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employerIf you canít disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go awayWhile navigating the open thread, just assume itís sarcasmWith that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Donít forget to tip your waitress, and try the rabbit.