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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:46 pm    Post subject: Robbroy's post Senior Bowl mock Reply with quote

Team needs heading into the offseason:
Backup QB
3rd down RB/Pass catching RB
FB
2 WR
LG
RG
RT
OL depth
NT competition
Young UT to succeed K. Williams
MLB
WLB
CB depth
SS

Yes, this list seems daunting, but keep in mind this is before any moves have been made, it is based on the roster right now.

In House Free Agents:
FB Jerome Felton - 3 years, $8.5 million - This is an obvious move, Felton is a huge reason that Peterson had such a great season and is a young, key cog for this offense.
WR Jerome Simpson - 1 year, $1 million - After a disappointing season, Simpson earns one more chance to prove his worth given how thin the WR corps in Minnesota might be.
WR Devin Aromashodu - Not retained
OT Troy Kropog - Not retained
C Joe Berger - 1 year, $900k - Good enough depth to keep in order to not overwork Fusco as a backup.
RG Geoff Schwartz - 2 years, $7 million - Minnesota decides that their best course of action is to keep Schwartz in Minnesota, start him at RG, and move Fusco to C in order to back up Sullivan and solidfy the line for the future.
RT Phil Loadholt - 4 years, $21 million - While he is constantly penalized, Loadholt has grown to become a great RT for this team, and having him across from Kalil for a long time will make Ponder very happy for the foreseeable future, and will assure that Minnesota has a potent running attack for the rest of Adrian's career.
MLB Jasper Brinkley - 1 year, $1 million - Very similar to Erin Henderson's deal from last year, Brinkley gets one year to decide his fate with the team. With the plan already in place to take a young MLB in the draft either way, The Vikings run little no risk risk with this deal.
LB Marvin Mitchell - 2 years, $1.75 million - A very good special teams contributor who can also start in a pinch, Mitchell is the new Heath Farwell of this team, except for the fact that he is more affordable at this point in his career.
WLB Erin Henderson - Not retained
CB AJ Jefferson - Signs original round RFA tender - Jefferson is a young, fast, raw CB who can return kicks, and the team needs young talent with the position so thin.
CB Marcus Sherels - Not retained
SS Jamarca Sanford - 2 years, $4.5 million - He's a great special teams contributor and finished the year very strong as a rotational safety, and he gives the team some solid depth moving forward.
S Andrew Sendejo - Not retained.

Players currently under contract:
WR Michael Jenkins - Released
WR Stephen Burton - Released
WR Percy Harvin - Receives a 5 year, $48 million contract extension - Harvin is the X-factor of this offense, and even if this contract seems overblown, it locks up one of the premier offensive weapons in the game for a long time. Harvin is a top slot receiver who is equally as good on the outside, he's probably the top young kick returner in the league, and his ability to line up at running back makes this contract (or something like it) very necessary for the Vikings this offseason.
TE John Carlson - Released
LG Charlie Johnson - Released
DE Jared Allen - Receives a 4 year, $42 million contract extension that reduces his cap hit for this offseason by about $4.25 million - Allen is the face of this defense who is probably one of the top 2 or 3 4-3 DEs in the game, a status that he will most likely keep for the life of this new contract.
DT Kevin Williams - Restructures to make his cap hit $3 million less.
DT Letroy Guion - Released
CB Brandon Burton - Released
All players who were signed to future contracts recently are also released.

Needs entering Free agency:
Backup QB
3rd down/Pass catching RB
2 WRs
LG
OT depth
NT competition
Young UT to succeed K. Williams
Young MLB to challenge for this year/Succeed J. Brinkley
WLB
CB depth
SS

Free agency:
WR Brian Hartline - 3 years, $11 million - Hartline is exactly what Ponder needs; he is a solid possession receiver who isn't afraid to go over the middle to make catches and doesn't struggle with drops. He'll make a very good No. 2 option in this offense.
OT Tyler Polumbus - 2 years, $1.75 million - Polumbus brings to the table a tackle who is okay with accepting a backup role that has starting experience in case things go wrong.
DT Roy Miller - 2 years, $5 million - Miller is exactly what the team needs: a run stuffing specialist. He doesn't offer a sausage of anything in the pass rushing department, but in his role he will rotate with Fred Evans wot give the Vikings two young NTs that will see the field and be able to captialize on playing with talents such as Allen, Williams, Robison, and Griffen getting most of the attention around them.
SS Patrick Chung - 1 year, $4 million - Chung is a great safety but has missed a lot of time due to injuries these past few years. This is another prove it type of deal taht allows the Vikings to have a stop gap option at SS until next year that could turn into a permanent option depending on Chung's performance.

Trades:
Minnesota trades ATH Joe Webb to Kansas City for a 7th round pick - Andy Reid loves mobile QBs, and given that in this case they decide not to take Geno Smith, he brings in a young, extremely athletic QB to develop or turn into a WR if push comes to shove.

Needs going into the draft:
Backup QB
3rd down/Pass catching RB
WR
LG
Young UT to succeed K. Williams
MLB to compete with/succeed J. Brinkley
WLB
CB depth

Draft:

Disclaimer: All picks are obviously based on draft order before compensatory picks are revealed.
1 (23). Minnesota selects Keenan Allen, WR, California - Allen slips behind Cordarrelle Patterson and DeAndre Hopkins in the draft, and the Vikings are ecstatic to add a player of his caliber. He is big, quick, has good hands, and returns punts, and his is the No. 1 receiver that the Vikings have been desperately looking for. Him, Harvin, and Hartline make for an imposing young WR trio for the future.
2 (52). Minnesota selects Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers - Given that Greene was a safety before bulking up to play LB at Rutgers, it is natural to assume that he has good instincts around the ball. While this is true, it is also true that he has great speed for a linebacker, and that he will start from day one across from Chad Greenway.
3 (83). Minnesota selects Bennie Logan, DT, LSU - Although he wouldn't offer much against the run, Logan is the ideal guy to groom behind Kevin Williams due to his pass rushing abilities. While he is very talented now, he could still use a year to polish his skills, and learning behind one of the best UTs of the past decade is a good way to start this process.
4 (99, from Detroit). Minnesota selects Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas - It wouldn't be a mock without Spielman taking a guy from USC, Notre Dame, or Arkansas, and for this scenario it's Bailey. He's big, he's strong, and he is good in both run and pass protection, and he will provide another young cog for the line that will be able to grow together for the future.
4 (117). Minnesota selects AJ Klein, MLB, Iowa State - Although he's not the seciest name in the draft, Klein was a quiet contributor for Iowa State this year, racking up takcles as well as being solid in pass protection. He may need some time to adjust to higher levels of talent than that of what he faced at Iowa State, but he should be able to come in and compete with Brinkley right off the bat.
5 (148). Minnesota selects Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State - While Malone is a bit small, he has great coverage skills, and he may projects to be a solid nickel corner in this league. Given that he will learn under Antoine Winfield for a year, he will be in a good position to take the field as a regular in 2014.
7 (191, from Kansas City). Minnesota selects Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame - Of course Notre Dame has to make an appearance in mock even if Arknsas was Spielman's token school. Riddick may not be a great runner, but he offers the ability to come in and catch passes out of the backfield, and will give the Vikings another passing option on 3rd downs rather than forcing Adrian to stay on the field or have Toby come in to block.
7 (197, from Arizona). Minnesota selects Matt Scott, QB, Arizona - Scott only has one year of action under his belt, but he proved to be a nice dual threat option for Arizona, and considering that he is a much more polished passer than Joe Webb ever was, he will prove to be a much more sturdy backup to Christian Ponder who will also offer some flexibility in the run game.
7 (213). Minnesota selects Michael Carter, CB/S, Minnesota - The cousin to Tyrone Carter, the former Minnesota safety, Carter stepped up this year for the Gophers in a big way, and he earned his shot in the NFL. He offers versatility in the secondary, and given how shallow the CB position is in Minnesota, he may actually earn a stay in Minnesota.

Depth chart:
Bold denotes starter, Underline denotes free agent acquisition, Italics indicates draft choice
QB: Christian Ponder, Matt Scott, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
RB: Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Theo Riddick
FB: Jerome Felton
WR: Keenan Allen, Brian Hartline, Percy Harvin, Jarius Wright, Jerome Simpson, Greg Childs (PUP)
TE: Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison
LT: Matt Kalil, Tyler Polumbus
LG: Alvin Bailey, Joe Berger
C: John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco
RG: Geoff Schwartz, Brandon Fusco
RT: Phil Loadholt, Tyler Polumbus
LE: Brian Robison, Everson Griffen
DT: Kevin Williams, Bennie Logan
NT: Roy Miller, Fred Evans
RE: Jared Allen, Christian Ballard
SLB: Chad Greenway, Larry Dean
MLB: Jasper Brinkley, AJ Klein, Audie Cole
WLB: Khaseem Greene, Marvin Mitchell
CB: Chris Cook, Josh Robinson, Antoine Winfield, Nigel Malone, AJ Jefferson, Robert Blanton
FS: Harrison Smith, Mistral Raymond
SS: Patrick Chung, Jamarca Sanford
K: Blair Walsh
P: Chris Kluwe
LS: Cullen Loeffler
KR: Percy Harvin, AJ Jefferson
PR: Keenan Allen, Jarius Wright
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the draft and the roster moves. However, no one would have any reason yo give us anything for Joe Webb.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like this mock. I would like an improvement over Brinkley but Rome wasn't built in a day.

I feel like our backup QB should be a vet, though. I like Scott as a developmental guy, yeah, but I wouldn't feel comfortable with him stepping in if (when) Ponder gets hurt.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm pretty good but don't u think we could possibly draft Kwame Geathers. At 6'6 355 he would be a massive body in the middle of our def. Possibly be able to get him in the 4th rnd.
And instead of Nigel Malone, would rather Micah Hyde
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see Greene or Logan being available where you have them going, but if they do somehow drop to their they would be immediate choices there.
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As is common with many Fans, you underpay to retain your UFAs. 4 Years 21.0 M is a friendly deal for Loadholt, but I expect the Franchise Tag more plausible.

You also underpay for Sanford, who benefits from an exceptionally weak Safety Class after Jairus Byrd & William Moore are Franchised.

The worst deal is for Brian Hartline. Guy had a 1,000 Yard Season and is the top of the second tier of WRs. Right behind Wallace, Bowe & Jennings. It would cost 5 Years 30.0 Million to land his services.

Extension for Harvin seems fair. Draft is logical, the Theo Riddick pick a real possibility especially with Vikings love for Notre Dame guys.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conquest8089 wrote:
As is common with many Fans, you underpay to retain your UFAs. 4 Years 21.0 M is a friendly deal for Loadholt, but I expect the Franchise Tag more plausible.

Eric Winston, one of the best RTs in the NFL, got 4 years, $22 million last year. I don't see how that is underpaying for Loadholt.

Conquest8089 wrote:
You also underpay for Sanford, who benefits from an exceptionally weak Safety Class after Jairus Byrd & William Moore are Franchised.

It is also a deep class of S in the draft. In this pass happy league, I doubt teams will overpay for a guy who isn't good in coverage.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5M per year pays Loadholt in the top 5-10 right tackles in football.

Not underpaid whatsoever, and if a team wants to pay more than 2.25M per season for Sanford than more power too them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Vikings don't generally use the Franchise tag. In fact, they've only used it once since Spielman has been involved with the team (Greenway in '11).

I highly doubt they would even consider using the franchise tag on a RT, especially when that would mean that they would pay him the same amount as a top-5 LT (all OL are treated the same, they are not divided out by LT, RT, and OG/C). That's not going to happen.

4 years, $21M is actually very reasonable for Loadholt. He wouldn't find much more than that in the free market.
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