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Vikings’ Greg Childs views himself as the steal of the draft

Greg Childs

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Childs makes a catch during rookie football mini-camp, Friday, May 4, 2012, in Eden Prairie, Minn. Childs was an NFL fourth-round draft pick. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)


As the 134th pick in the NFL draft, Vikings wide receiver Greg Childs believes he’s going to be looked at in a few years as a bargain.

Childs said on Vikings Tonight that he thinks NFL teams passed on him because he was still slowed down in his senior season at Arkansas by a torn patellar tendon he suffered in his junior season, and that the Vikings got a great deal when they finally took him at the end of the fourth round.

“I understood, coming back off my injury, people were trying to see exactly where I’m at as far as being 100 percent,” Childs said, via “I definitely have a chip on my shoulder. I’m ready to come back, make plays and show everybody I’m still one of the top receivers and show I will be the steal of this draft. I’m going to work hard, play hard, do everything I can to help this team win.”

Childs said that in hindsight he should have been much more cautious about his recovery from that junior year knee injury, but that he’s now back at full speed.

“I came back entirely too soon,” Childs said. “I’m not concerned about the knee problem at all. I’m 100 percent. There’s no slowing down.”

And no slowing down his confidence, either.