Rebuttal to a Vikings podcast on Justin Fields draft selection

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This article won’t be directed towards Chicago Bears fans. Today, we will cover how I feel one podcaster’s opinion seems illogical and how his hatred of the Chicago Bears skews his opinion on the Minnesota Vikings not drafting Justin Fields rumors.

This offseason, Justin Fields would have been a more prominent topic if not for the Aaron Rodgers saga that is not being covered up by winning. Usually, I don’t mind the Purple FTW biased opinion on things during the draft. The Purple FTW podcast is raw, fast-paced, and direct. I suggest it during the draft time to get some reports on players before the draft. However, I sometimes need to chime in when the host makes a mistake regarding the Chicago Bears.

Today, I decided to take my comments and thoughts and share them with you. My first question to the Purple FTW host is, have you ever thought that your general manager might have wanted to trade up for a QB? Let’s not think about leaked information as much as just thinking logically.

Would you have considered it if you were the Minnesota Vikings general manager during the 2021 NFL draft? The 14th pick in this past draft screamed; you should look at a quarterback, right? As you stated, the GM was doing his part to send “low ball” offers to move up in the draft, correct?

The problem is, even if they are a lower offer than a GM should take, what happens if they accept it? You move up to, say, the eighth overall selection. As a fan, knowing what you know now, would you have been happy with the Vikings trading away capital to draft Christian Darrisaw sooner?

Did the Minnesota Vikings want Chicago Bears quarterback, Justin Fields?

Darrisaw is a great prospect, by the way. The odds of them making that move for him are still relevant but not as likely. Why would a general manager not trade up for a future quarterback where he can sit behind Cousins properly and learn the game? In my opinion, that is more logical.

Now, let us talk about raising the price of a prospect. The Vikings, in your opinion, did this solely to screw the Chicago Bears into spending more than they needed to on a quarterback. Come on, my guy. Why would the Vikings be focused on the Chicago Bears? If they are going to be focused on screwing over a team, wouldn’t that be the Green Bay Packers? What do the Vikings gain by messing up a team that genuinely only had a shot at second place in the division?

It has to be very rare if a team ever enters the season saying, “We need to get the other contender of second place in the division out of the way.” Next, we all know teams work with other teams during the offseason and before the draft. I haven’t heard of a team working with another that isn’t joint trade partners with another team.

Suppose that the trade was with New England Patriots (trade partners with Chicago) would be understandable. Granted, the Chicago Bears did make a move with the Panthers in the later rounds, but one would need to offer a trade that would require the other team (Bears) to use more draft capital, not less. Lastly, on draft capital, the Chicago Bears would need a different GM who is not a trading machine and use illogical trade compensation to make your theory correct.

The trade charts commonly found online are not gospel, but they are pretty close. Even the ridiculous Mitch Trubiksy trade was pretty even when it comes to the value of the draft capital. I wouldn’t make that trade, but the compensation was correct. The Chicago Bears moved from 20 to 11 while giving up next year’s first and fourth-round along with their 2021 fifth-round pick.

Generally, the 11th overall pick is worth roughly 1,200 points. The 20th selection is worth 820 points. Future picks usually are half the value of the lowest selection of that specific round. A future first is half of 590, and a future fourth is half of 44 points. Those picks alone have a value of about 1,159 points. Anybody knows that any team calling another team has to put an extra incentive in to get a trade; otherwise, what’s the point in the transaction if you contact me?

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That explains the fifth-round selection this past year. I think I got all of that off my chest. Now, I need to know. Are you defending your GM because you are sad that you didn’t end up with Justin Fields when you could/should have? Or are you trying to take a dig because you really think that your general manager was an evil genius by attempting to “trick” other NFL GMs when one laughed in his face?