I believe Osborne was taken after TJ was already gone. And I believe that they took him as a return specialist which TJ definitely was not.
I wouldn't doubt that Spielman has a "thing" against the Gophers. His son played for Nebraska and got trounced. Considering how many late round picks he acquires each year....and how many Gophers go in those rounds....I feel like a Gopher would end up here eventually. A number of low round Gophers have gotten playing time other than on special teams for their teams. I think it's an easier case to make that he SHOULD be looking at Gophers in the late rounds because they are being under-evaluated. Also because as a fan...I think the hometown angle should give an edge when you are talking about filling out a roster with probable special teams or practice squad guys.
Correct. Johnson was pick 161, Osborne 176. However the Vikings had pick 155 and traded down to 176 in exchange for a 2021 fourth round pick.
If you're going to take a WR in that round, I can't see how you take Osborne over a kid who just had a season where he wrecked Penn St., Iowa, Auburn, etc.
A return man? In the NFL where 90% of kickoffs are touchbacks, when you play inside probably 9-11 times a year (where probably 95% are touchbacks).