Vikings Select TCU CB Jeff Gladney Instead of Hometown Hero Antoine Winfield Jr.

Vikings CB Jeff Gladney
Vikings CB Jeff Gladney / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

By the time Minnesota's second pick of the first round arrived, there was still a heart-stopping member of the Golden Gophers' secondary on the board.

But while Minnesotans waited with bated breath, then exhaled and watched that breath form clouds in frigid cold temperatures, the Vikings' braintrust decided to zig elsewhere. They went with a different option for the secondary in TCU corner Jeff Gladney, who was often mocked one pick later to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gladney's a solid option, but he's not a local collegiate product and son of a team legend. You can see why this is a bit bothersome, if secondary help was always the destiny here.

It's hard to argue with a standout CB for Mike Zimmer, though, considering the team's patchwork unit, centered around a regressing Xavier Rhodes in 2019, needs to move forward without their formerly overpaid anchor.

In an area of need, Zimmer went to a Texas school that had one heck of a Round 1, with Jalen Reagor selected early by the Philadelphia Eagles, too. Sorry, Winfield fam. Your time will come soon enough.