I understand the objection, given the wasted 3rd rounder Brad Childress used on Randy Moss that came back to haunt them. That, however, would not have been a waste if Randy Moss had been allowed to stick around and run routes across from Sidney Rice. Moss would have enjoyed it enough to stay another season.
Whatever the issue, it doesn’t mask the fact that the Vikings personnel people have been more inefficient than most at drafting or – at least – developing wide receivers.
Percy Harvin has a lot of ability but is being used more and more on reverses and as a decoy. He only has 18 catches for 183 yards and 0 TDs.
Sidney Rice has been the one home run and is now a Seahawk. The other receivers they’ve drafted in the last decade are Nate Burleson who is still looking for his second 1000-yard season but has been a contributor to good offenses, Keenan Howry, Troy Williamson, Aundrae Allison, Chandler Williams, Jaymar Johnson, and Stephen Burton.
Devery Henderson is a receiver who’s been good enough to play on a prolific offensive machine. He stretches the field and has physicality that can get him open on short and intermediate routes. During their Super Bowl playoff run, Henderson had 15 receptions, 182 yards and 2 TDs.
The Vikings have needed some big plays and by acquiring Randy Moss and attempting to trade for Vincent Jackson last season, there are or were clearly people in the organization that see or saw the value in game-breaking plays.
The Saints have plenty of playmakers with two new ones – Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham – starting to contribute last year and this year. The Vikings need an up-tempo aerial assault to keep up with the Packers and Lions. Henderson would eventually help the team get past the NFC Championship Game, where his old team famously stole one from the Vikings.