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Mock 7.0

Mock 7.0

I have long said that I wouldn’t move the Vikings out of the 32 spot in my mock until I had a reason to believe they would be drafting anywhere else.  I almost put them down at the 30 spot.

I elected to keep the faith, however.  Here is my latest mock:

  1. Rams – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame:  The Rams get their quarterback of the future in an effort to turn things around as soon as possible.
  2. Bucs –  Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska: Right now, Suh is considered the obvious pick to help the Bucs get their defense back on track
  3. Lions – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee: It has to be killing Jim Schwartz to see his defense playing this poorly.  He has no patience for poor defense, and I get the feeling he’s going to start replacing just about everyone in Detroit’s defensive backfield.
  4. Chiefs – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma:  The Chiefs have to get their defense fixed ASAP, starting in the trenches.
  5. Browns –  Joe Haden, CB, Florida:  The Browns need help everywhere, and Mike Holmgren decides to take the best player available at a position of need.
  6. Redskins –  Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State:  The Skins are lucky to have Okung fall this far and they know it.  Their offensive line is in awful shape.
  7. Seahawks –  Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland:  The Seahawks are praying that Okung falls to them, but alas they get the guy they figured they’d get.  Campbell will help out an O-Line that needs all they can get.
  8. Raiders – Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas:  When it comes to Al Davis, just go ahead and roll the dice.  But one has to think they cannot be happy with their quarterback situation.
  9. Broncos –  Earl Thomas, FS, Texas:  The Broncos are thrilled to get a top notch safety in their backfield to learn from Brian Dawkins.

10.  Bills –  Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama:  The Bills have some talent on defense, but now they need that leading presence to take them to the next level.

11.  Niners –  Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma:  The Niners say they’re content with Alex Smith and/or Shaun Hill.  But once they realize how low they are drafting despite a very talented roster, Singletary makes a move to finalize his franchise quarterback.

12.  Niners –  Charles Brown, OT, USC:  Now Singletary opts to protect his new quarterback, a theory that has gone untested in San Francisco for quite some time.

13.  Titans – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech:  The Titans have lost their edge on the defensive line and Kyle Vanden Bosch is set to become a very expensive free agent after this season.

14.  Steelers –  Taylor Mays, S, USC:  Mike Tomlin is looking to add a player to his defense capable of unleashing hell.  He’s possibly losing two of his safeties to free agency/old age after this season.

15.  Jets –  Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan:  Rex Ryan has to feel a little bit bummed about how this season played out for him.  This pick helps reinforce a defense that appeared to be on the verge of greatness.

16.  Dolphins –  Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama: Jason Ferguson’s career is pretty much over.  The Fins need that big run stopper in the middle of their D-Line.

17.  Jaguars –  Tim Tebow, QB, Florida:  Tebow is an icon in Florida and the Jags need to desperately sell tickets.  Tebow could be their only hope.

18.  Texans –  Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia:  The Texans may lose Dunta Robinson after this season and have very little besides him to be excited about in their defensive backfield.  If Robinson stays, Dowling can also play safety.

19.  Falcons –  Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss:  The Falcons need to get to opposing quarterbacks.  This will be their next step towards establishing themselves as a top-notch NFC team.

20.  Giants –  Everson Griffen, DE, USC:  For some reason the Giants have taken a year off when it comes to being a scary running team.  But they know the potential is there, so they opt to take the best player available.

21.  Seahawks –  C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson:  The ‘Hawks are elated to see Spiller fall to them here.  Adding Spiller to an improve O-Line should do wonders for this struggling offense.

22.  Ravens –  Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State:  Teams keep getting lucky in my mock for some reason.  The Ravens are no exception, as the top vertical threat in this draft class falls to them, and guess what… they need one really badly.

23.  Patriots –  Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU – The Patriots need help on defense, and any defensive back would be a reach at this point.  No harm in boosting the front seven.

24.  Packers –  Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa:  If Thompson and McCarthy don’t find help for the offensive line, then they are likely to be run out of Cheeseland.

25.  Cowboys –  Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers: Flozell has generated a lot of negative attention this year, both because of his poor play and his dirty play.  The Cowboys would love to find a potential replacement… though Davis would probably take some time to develop.

26.  Bengals –  Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida:  Take a risk on a player with a bad reputation?  Sure, the Bengals are good for it.  And who could blame them in this instance?  They have a good thing started on defense, and getting a talent like Dunlap this late is awful tempting.

27.  Cardinals –  Jason Fox, OT, Miami: The tackles in Arizona have played terribly this year.  Time for some new blood on the offensive line.

28.  Eagles –  Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma:  The Eagles have gotten hot at the right time, but it could have been sooner if it wasn’t for unrest at the linebacker position.

29.  Chargers –  Jahvid Best, RB, California:  Sproles might hit free agency and L.T. is not long for the NFL.  Best is best at this point.

30.  Saints –  Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri:  The Saints could use some help on defense, and Weatherspoon is the best guy at a position of need.

31.  Colts –  Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma:  The Colts need to keep Peyton Manning healthy for as long as possible, and that means investing high picks and lots of money into the offensive line.

32.  Vikings –  Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU:  Bryant McKinnie could be traded for free tickets on a Minnetonka Cruise and I’d be alright with that.  Time to find a left tackle that isn’t a joke.  Barksdale is not as big as Big Mac but he is twice as athletic and would fit our scheme much better.

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32 Responses to “Mock 7.0”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Adam agree on 32 pick. But we are still desparate for a QB. I think hell will freeze over before Favre will come back and play for Childo next year.

  2. Viking John says:

    The problem with Chilly is that he has a hard time making adjustments to the game plan. If Big Mac was getting beat by Mr Peppers, then lets double team him. Instead he puts in Artis Hicks and he also gets beat up by the Pepper man. Somedays a guy can’t be stopped, and Peppers seems to always play over his head against us. Like I said before, Big Mac is an okay OT, not great. As for the draft, alot will effect who the Vikes take as time goes on.
    I will say it will be a defensive player taken with our first pick. IMO.
    GO Vikes

    • Adam Warwas says:

      I do think that a defensive player is a possibility… the nice thing about the Vikes having very few real holes in the starting lineup is that they can afford to simply take the best player available regardless of position.

      I do think that trading around is a huge possibility this year.

  3. Mike J says:

    As a Tampa fan, I hope this is the way it works out.
    One of few mockers smart enough to put Bruce Campbell way ahead of Trent Wms…..I don’t know that Mt. Cody will go in the first round; scouts aren’t as wild about him as fans are, early word is. Also RB Best, I think concussion fears will push him into Rd.2; RB’s are being devalued in general.I live in Jax & I don’t think the Jags will use a one on Tebow.
    Er, you have Barksdale drafted twice.

  4. Chris says:

    You have Barksdale going 27th to the Cardinals and again to your Vikings. Was one of those supposed to be Ciron Black (also from LSU)? Much better Cowboys pick this time.

  5. Fragile Freds says:

    If either of you knew College football, you’d know the Barksdale brothers are twins!

  6. Fragile Freds says:

    And yes Mom named them both Joseph. They call one Joe and the other Jo Jo.

  7. Fran the Man says:

    Although Freds tried to cover for you Adam, didn’t work. TYPO!!!

  8. slim says:

    thats what i seen to the cards and to the viks. how is that gonna work

  9. B. Grant says:

    Mr. Fragile – consider this your last warning regarding sarcasm. As a matter of fact, I am thinking of pulling you out of the Gab for the rest of this week. Would that be OK with you?

  10. Fragile Freds says:

    Let me get my hat and sit on the bench.

    Buds, if you think Tjax can dish the sarcasm like Freds, you’re crazy! You’re, the coach do whatever the hell you want!

  11. Fragile Freds says:

    And Coach by the way, I’m retiring next year.

  12. B. Grant says:

    That’s right I am the coach! It says so right on my new contract. And if I want to take you out and then change my mind and leave you in, I can do that!

    Never mind, I was just conscious streaming there anyway. Fred, let me assure you that I only had the best interests of the Gab at heart as I contemplated that decision. If anyone asks us about this, we were just having a discussion about the best way to blog when we are coming off a loss… OK?

    Now, lets not have any more of that retirement talk, you hear?

  13. Adam Warwas says:

    Sorry everyone, I had the Cards taking Jason Fox but screwed it up in translation.

    Should be fixed now, thanks for pointing it out.

  14. NFL draft says:

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    In mid-October, the NFL’s scheduled holiday showcase game seemed the equivalent of swine flu — something you completely want to avoid.
    Then, the prospect of watching the San Diego Chargers visit the Tennessee Titans on Christmas Day seemed dismal. The teams’ combined record through Week 6 was 2-9.
    But as we assess the Week 16 NFL Power Rankings, this matchup is a prime ticket. The No. 3-ranked Chargers are the league’s hottest team outside of Indiana, winners of nine straight games. After an 0-6 start, the No. 14-ranked Titans have won seven of eight and have a playoff pulse.
    Merry Christmas!And have a good time!

  15. B. Grant says:

    I posted this earlier, looking for anyone’s thoughts. All three Vike losses were on grass. Is it that significant to make it a solid reason? Maybe we are so built for turf that it really does make a difference. When you think of guys like AP, Percy, Jallen, Toine, etc., their games are highlighted by quickness. None of those guys flashed at all in Carolina.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      That’s a great point Coach.

    • CalVkg says:

      Coach, it’s more the attitude than the field. Each team plays on the same surface. Early in the Carolina game the Vikes were slipping, but they changed shoes and adjusted, and it was still close in the second half.
      Football teams have so many players, it’s very important how the team psychology is. It’s easier to turn things around in an individual sport.

  16. Fragile Freds says:

    Very interesting point about the grass coach. But Freds, doesn’t think Percy has ever been one to turn away from a little grass.

  17. B. Grant says:

    …as were you never one to turn away from a running back coming around the corner, Freds. But it just seems like we are playing at a different speed at Arizona and Carolina. Didn’t notice it so much at Lambut or Steeltown, so maybe it’s an excuse disguised as a rational explanation. If we pull another sleeper Monday night, then I may be on to something, because there would be no other logical reason to lose to da bears.

  18. sports fan 10 says:

    Now what I don’t agree with that ALL the glaring needs the lions needs on both defensive and offensive lines and you come up with a safety . Come on now this guy molded albert rip through the line and crush you haynesworth and you come with a safety please to many DT, OT on the board for that to happen. You get a safety when you have solid front lines not swiss cheese for your front lines

    • Adam Warwas says:

      I don’t disagree with you. However, the Lions don’t really have a history of drafting linemen.

      No centers or guards will be drafted this early. Okung is a possibility but Schwartz recently raved about Jeff Backus.

      McCoy is also a serious possibility, but Eric Berry is simply the better player.

  19. briano29 says:

    Adam – blown away by your Vikings Blog. Absolutely superior to any others out there. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some very good ones. Bottom line – you do a great job.
    Happy holidays everyone!
    P.S. Fragile Fred, did you work with Winfield before the Carolina game? :}

  20. Fragile Freds says:

    Greetings to Freds new friend brian029,

    Tony Windfield did seem to eat the same slice of humble pie that your old pal Fragile gagged on a few years ago. Steve Smiths made us both look silly. Now, Freds recalls his slice of pie being the size of Opra’s butt. Tony’s was a healthy portion, but at least Smith didn’t do that rowing thing in the end zone.

    That evening and the misunderstanding about that boat ride thing, really sent your old pal packing.

    Merry Christmas to all of Freds pals.

  21. Fragile Freds says:

    Viking 21
    Bear 7

  22. bigjohnny84 says:

    Freds you trying to say those were the only two things that sent you packing? I remember you getting torched by more than just Smith. Chad Ocho comes to mind. Merry Xmas to all

  23. briano29 says:

    All in good fun Fred. We went a long time a while back in the dungeon that is the old AV wondering where you were . . .

  24. Lisa says:

    @ the Lions. A. The Lions traded for Ko Simpson (now on IR) last year just before the season started, and drafted Louis Delmas in the 2nd round so have quite a bit already invested in Safety. I do think Berry is one of the exceptional Safeties worth a top 5 pick. I just see bigger fish to fry for the Lions with that #3 or higher pick. B. If Ndamakong Suh is gone, and he should be the #1 overall pick IMO, then the Lions need a DE much more than they need a DT like McCoy. C. The best DE in this draft is Derrick Morgan, and we all know that DEs and QBs all go higher than they should. There could be an off-season push from a guy like Jason Pierre Paul who is a much more explosive player than Morgan, though not as polished and developed.

    I have the Lion draft board 1. Suh 2. D. Morgan 3. Berry 4. G. McCoy 5. Rolando McClain

    BTB–Vikings have the talent to win the superbowl, they just have to get past Childress’ obstinacy. (Tom Coughlin used to be renowned for his obstinacy, but he saw the light…eventually.) Between New Orleans and Minnesota, I still think New Orleans wins…but you guys definitely have the talent to challenge.

  25. there is no problem at all

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