Joined: 28 Jan 2005
|Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:37 pm Post subject: A Quick, Dirty Mock
|With free agency wrapping up and Minnesota probably not going to do much else, given their cap space, it's time to look at the draft.
(1) 23rd Overall - Traded to Houston for (1) 27th Overall Pick and 4th round pick
Houston takes Tavon Austin to compliment Andre Johnson. They have an elite defense, a great running back, a good QB and some decent receivers but they could use another playmaker.
(1) 25th Overall (from Houston) - Manti Te'o - LB
Minnesota would be a great place for Te'o to drop too. Medium size market, good locker room, and a huge need for a middle linebacker and a vocal leader on defense. Minnesota wants Ogletree but he's taken a few slots above them.
(1) 27th Overall - Traded to Buffalo for 2nd round + 3rd round pick
Buffalo sees Glennon drop and takes the talented but still project-in-the-making QB. They wanted Smith but Arizona nabs him before their pick. Buffalo has learned from Minnesota, Jacksonville, and Oakland how devastating it can be to overdraft a QB, so they rather see who drops rather than overdraft. Minnesota wants a 1st round pick but no teams want to give up a 1st round pick for next year.
(2) 41st Overall (from Buffalo) - DeAndre Hopkins- WR
Keenan Allen was nabbed in the late 1st round, so Minnesota settles on the next best receiver, Hopkins. He would be a great complimentary receiver to Jennings and Wright.
(2) 52nd Overall - Larry Warford - OG
Minnesota needs to pick up an offensive guard as a backup and Warford is the 3rd rated on CBS board. Minnesota goes with the best one available in a draft filled with solid but not elite prospects.
(3) 71st Overall (from Buffalo) - Bennie Logan - DT
A reach but Bennie Logan might end up being a great defensive tackle. Minnesota needs depth and Logan provides it with the possibility of becoming a solid starter.
(3) 83rd Overall - Taylor Bray - QB
Bray drops after a slew of QBs are taken at the bottom of the 1st and top of the 2nd round. Minnesota needs a better option than MTB and Cassel to develop behind Ponder, especially since Ponder doesn't look likely he'll get over that hump of being nothing more than a backup QB. Bray needs some work but he could become a starter sooner than later.
(4) 103rd Overall (from Detroit) - Da'Rick Rogers - WR
Too many questions about Rogers will cause him to slightly fall from 2nd/3rd round to early 4th round. Minnesota nabs the intriguing prospect as they don't need him to start immediately. He provides excellent depth for the Vikings.
(4) 121th Overall - Hugh Thornton - OG
Minnesota grabs another guard and versatile linesman from Illinois. Minnesota could use some depth and Thornton provides it for Minnesota.
(4) 125th Overall (from Houston- Brandon McGee - CB
Minnesota needs some depth at cornerback and with three 4th round picks, they have the luxury of spending an extra pick on an intriguing prospect in McGee. He was a top recruit but failed to live up to expectations. Comes from a solid school that has produced some good cornerbacks in the past.
(5) 156th Overall - Traded
Classic Spielman trade. 5th rounder for a 4th rounder. Minnesota passes up on Mathieu here.
(6) 180th Overall (from Tennessee) - Kniles Davis - RB
Minnesota is looking past Gerhart now and picks up Davis. Injuries have causes him to slip, especially given that running backs are about a dime a dozen. Minnesota could use a change of pace back which Davis can be.
(7) 219th Overall (From Arizona) - Traded
Minnesota gets an extra 6th for next year.
(7) 235th Overall - Jeff Locke - P
Minnesota needs to bring in some competition for Kluwe. Kluwe ran hot and cold last season but still managed good numbers. Wouldn't hurt to bring in Locke for some looks.
QB: Ponder, Cassel, Bray
RB: Peterson, Gerhart, Davis
WR: Jennings, Hopkins, Wright, Simpson, Rogers, Childs, Burton
TE: Rudolph, Ellison, Carlson
OL: Kalil, Johnson, Loadholt, Love, Sullivan, Fusco, Berger (can't remember if he signed back), Warford, Thornton
DL: Allen, Ballard, Evans, Griffen, Guion, Reed, Robison, Williams, Logan
MLB: Cole, Te'o
OLB: Dean, Greenway, Henderson
CB: Burton, Cook, Robison, McGee, Jefferson
S: Blanton, Raymond, Sanford, Smith
ST: Kluwe, Loeffler, Walsh
Looking at next year:
OLB, TE, DL QB and CB could be looked at. We're good now at WR, Offensive Line, RB, Middle Linebacker, and Safety along with Special Teams.