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I feel like the Vikings made a great choice in picking Laquon Treadwell in the 1st round, but it seems as if people are putting down his performance outside of game time – most notably his speed. Why doesn't anyone recognize that top end speed isn't everything? According to ESPN's Sport Science, Treadwell had the best acceleration over the first 10 yards of any other receiver, including TCU's Josh Doctson. -- Rolando Barboza

I agree there is too much emphasis placed on the 40-yard dash times by some people, but that's just my opinion and truthfully you'd like to have a player you select have as fast a time in every drill as possible. But I agree that there are far more important traits than top-end speed, including the 10-yard split referenced by Rolando in the question as well as route running, catch radius, toughness and ability to comprehend the playbook. In all of those traits, Treadwell is impressive and that's why I feel he will be part of the solution as the Vikings try to improve their passing attack in 2016.

We got the best receiver of the draft. Do you think one of his sneaky good attributes is his run blocking ability? -- Chris Ladd

It is one of his best attributes, but there's nothing sneaky about it. When you turn on the tape, it hits you like a ton of bricks. This guy will flat out eliminate defenders from running plays often times, and that is something that clearly stood out to the Vikings. Now, you don't take a WR in the 1st round because he's a great run blocker. But being a great run blocker as a WR indicates a lot of good things about your competitiveness, demeanor, selflessness and toughness. Being a great run blocker is also a must on the Vikings offense because it features the best RB in the NFL and often times it's blocks by WRs on the outside that allow Peterson to turn a 15-yard gain into a run of 20+ yards.

Why did we take CB Mackensie Alexander over OL Cody Whitehair? Both were 1st-round talents. We have Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Terence Newman coming back. It seems like we don't need a CB even though he was a steal, so why didn't we take Whitehair who was also a steal? We now have four quality starting corners; we can only play three at a time. -- Dustin Peterson

I won't be surprised at all if Whitehair is a great player in this League and you couldn't blame the Vikings if they had addressed the OL in the 2nd round. In hindsight, though, I am glad they went with a CB the caliber of Alexander. Dustin is right that the Vikings are returning their core at CB, but both Newman (on a one-year deal) and Captain Munnerlyn (in the final year of his current contract) could be gone in 2017 and that opens up two big holes in the defense. Waynes can step into one of them and now Alexander has a shot to step into the other. If that is how it transpires, the Vikings are poised to have a young and talented group of CBs – a very important position in today's NFL.

Picking a CB who started for two seasons at Clemson and had ZERO interceptions raises a major red flag. And I don't buy that no one threw his way. That sounds good, but even CBs that teams do try to stay away from get picks. That's pathetic, in my humble opinion, to pick a CB with zero interceptions his entire college career. -- Brian Erie, PA

You're not seeing the whole picture, in my view. It's correct that Alexander had no interceptions at Clemson and at first glance that may raise concerns for some people about the kid's ball skills. But a closer examination reveals that Alexander was much more effective than Brian says. According to this Pro Football Focus scouting report on Alexander, the Vikings newest CB allowed just 33% of passes into his coverage to be completed (best in the draft class), he didn't allow more than four catches in a game all season and he should've been a 1st-round pick. I also saw a stat that stated Alexander hasn't allowed a TD in 21 games.

With Waynes entering his second year and added depth at corner with Mackensie Alexander, what are the chances of moving Newman to safety? -- Aaron Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

I know people are still waiting for the Vikings to find an answer at the safety position next to Harrison Smith, but I like how they've addressed that position this offseason. They didn't go out and find an obvious Day 1 starter in free agency or in the 1st round of the draft, but they did retain Andrew Sendejo, they signed free agent Michael Griffin and they drafted 6-4, 216-pounder Jayron Kearse. On top of that, both Anthony Harris and Antone Exum will be around to compete for depth chart positioning, as well. Given all of that competition at safety, I don't see the team switching Newman from CB to S permanently.

What do you think of the Vikings 6th-ound pick – WR Moritz Boehringer? -- Gregg in NJ

I absolutely love it. Boehringer is an intriguing prospect given he's making history as the first European player drafted straight from overseas and given his height-weight-speed combination. Even more, though, was how it all unfolded. In case you missed it, be sure to check out our "Meet the Pick" piece on Boehringer to get the full story. Awesome stuff all around.

View images of the 8 members of Vikings 2016 NFL Draft Class.

With the 2016 Draft being in Chicago and future plans to move it, is there any future plans to try to bring a draft to the Twin Cities? -- Israel Clark

I don't know of any specific plans but given that the Vikings are about to open U.S. Bank Stadium, which includes a lot of great gathering space around the exterior of the building, and they are also in the early stages of building a new, state-of-the-art practice facility in Eagan that will include much more than a football headquarter building, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Vikings and either Eagan or Minneapolis put together and impressive bid to host the draft at some point down the road. Whether the League looks into it or not is an entirely different matter, but I have no doubt the Vikings, in partnership with a local community, could put together an attractive bid and would do a great job hosting the event. Kudos to Chicago on doing such a great job over the past two seasons, too.

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