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5-Round Minnesota Mock

Draft objectives: The Vikings somehow had close losses to the Falcons, Packers, Lions (twice) and Bears. They couldn’t tackle well, they didn’t get turnovers, the offensive line was bad in pass protection, and they only had two legitimate weapons on offense. They need to use the draft to find speed and athleticism in the secondary, and at wide receiver or tight end. They should get elite playmakers who can grow alongside the other young players on this team.


NOTE: I think the Vikings need to be aggressive in both the draft and free agency. If they trade down, they can still get a potential #1 receiver, or – at worst – the kind of great match-up they haven’t had.

Where Justin Blackmon is on the board:

Round 1, pick 3: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. The next Randy Moss arrives at Winter Park, ready to work hard at opening up the underneath routes for Harvin and Rudolph, and ready to bring some swagger.

Round 2, pick 35: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska. Dennard is physical, with the right temperament to take on Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. If he’s there, it’s the smart pick as he’s a hard worker and is at a position of definite need. Dennard’s got a hip flexor injury and will miss the Senior Bowl, and did not have a good week of practice.

Round 3, pick 67: George Iloka, FS, Boise State *. The Vikings continue to take high-pedigree athletes who’ve been molded into pro-readiness by some of the most demanding coaches of the collegiate level. While points allowed is the most important stat, the Minnesota pass defense allowed 26 more TDs than they had interceptions last season. The differential was 10 the year before, and 15 the year before that, neither of which are good.

Round 4: Tyler Nielsen, OLB, Iowa. A 6’3, 235 lb. beast has the versatility and work ethic to be moved around and is good in pass coverage.

Round 5: Mitchell Schwartz, T, California.

Where Justin Blackmon is off the board:

Round 1, pick 3: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina *. The Vikings concentrate on helping their secondaries stop Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford, by taking best player available. The Vikings were 2nd in the NFL in sacks, but will get substantially better in run defense on the edge with Coples.

Round 2, pick 35: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson. Wanting to stretch the field, the Vikings take BPA. With 5-7 wideouts going in the 34 prior picks, Allen will likely slip to here.
Round 3, pick 67: George Iloka, FS, Boise State *.
Round 4: Tyler Nielsen, OLB, Iowa.
Round 5: Mitchell Schwartz, T, California.

In the second scenario, I still think the Vikings will try to get more athleticism and explosiveness without Blackmon. In both scenarios, there is great value at WR in this year’s draft. I suggest Missouri WR Wes Kemp with one of the two 4th round compensatory picks they will probably get. Houston WR Tyron Carrier is a great burner with return ability.

If at all possible, they need to trade down to where the Bengals’ pick from the Raiders is (at 17) and take WR Michael Floyd before the Bears can. They’d get a receiver faster than Floyd, gain an extra pick, and block the Bears.

*Playing in the Senior Bowl today at 4 PM ET on NFL Network.

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17 Responses to “5-Round Minnesota Mock”

  1. Ho says:

    The next Randy Moss?!???!!!! Just like Dez Bryant and Crabtree? Those Big 12 receivers are always mediocre and not worth a first round pick, let alone at #3.

  2. Randy Perrin says:

    As it stands now Matt Kalil is the pick at 3 if he’s still there. The FA pool for WRs is deep this year and you can find talent in the later rounds. Claiborne is another possibility at 3 also. Like the Dennard pick, he fits the cover 2 scheme and also IIoka would be a great pick too…I’m not sure where you were going in the second mock there, DE is far from a need with Allen, Robison, and Everson Griffen. It’s actually a strength on this team. After spending a 2nd round pick on a TE last year we won’t do it again. We need a pass blocking TE and will probably address that later in the draft.

  3. stoney says:

    Wow, that was terrible, unless you hate the Vikes.

  4. Phil says:

    Kalil is definitely the pick if he’s there, mike adams has been great so far in the senior bowl practices so maybe we trade down for him. Denard if available should definitely be the pick in round 2, I would even consider moving up to get him. He said he loved the Vikings staff and Leslie praised him. Round 3 I would draft Iloka and get explosive receivers an blocking tight ends later in the draft

  5. Dr. K says:

    WR will be one of the easiest holes to fill in free agency. Kalil is the pick at #3 unless we trade back or he’s gone. Traditional LB’s are being phased out. I think old school Safeties (small linebackers) that can hit and cover TE and RB’s out of the backfield are going to start being drafted to take traditional LB’s places. The Vikings could/should look at some 5-2-4 sets to get some of our lineman on the field more. Everson Griffen needs to be on the field alot next season so I don’t think DL is a draft need. OL and Secondary and a true #1 WR (thinking Vincent Jackson)are the needs on this team.

  6. 4eversteve says:

    I say trade the pick if they can get good value for it, there is a lot of talent Mike Adams was solid today in the Senior Bowl.

  7. Shawn says:

    LOL thats the worst mock draft Ive seen so far. How can you ignore the OL till round 5. The Minnesota Vikings have 2 MAJOR weaknesses OL and DB. Im so glad your not destroying this team. ERR drafting

    Did you know we drafted Kyle Rudolph in the second round last year? If we draft a TE before round six Spielman should be fired before the draft ends.

    WOW I cant believe someone wrote this nonsensical article …

  8. Mike says:

    No need to beat up on the writer. I appreciate that Chris put in the time and effort to entertain us. I don’t agree with the first two rounds of either draft but think the iloka and schwartzel picks would be favorable, especially considering Vikings coaches worked with them already. The value with Coples and Blackmon appears to be there, I’d probably prefer them to pick a left tackle early though. Thanks for the post Chris.

  9. why do the vikings suck so much at life?

    And why does anyone even give a rat’s @ss?

  10. Skol12 says:

    I like the schwartz, nielsen and denard picks. The ilkola is a reach, he should be around in the 5th maybe even 6th (id rather take kevin zeitler out of wisconsin). I like blake gideon and harrison smith as well for 6th round safetys.

  11. Lost Viking says:

    Watch if Carolina makes a move on Kalil from their #9 position. Carolina wants to trade RT Jeff Otah and Vike may be satisfied with a Jonathan Martin or Riley Reiff. Odds are it will be Kalil.

    Second round will likely be Cornerback but possibly safety.

    VikingFan hoping for Free Agent receiver but Frazier/Musgrave may be cautious about who they add. A moody Vincent Jackson may be hard on Ponder’s development. Aromashodu, Burton and Arceneaux have potential to step it up. Musgrave needs an outside receiver but its not central to offensive scheme. Also, Spielman has been burnt on Randy Moss/Berrian/Houshmandzadeh fiascos so don’t expect DeSean Jackson in the mix. Dwayne Bowe should be expensive proposition.

    Viking do need a second punt return guy to keep Harvin fresh and top of the 3rd round is where you find receiver/returners. Then back to Defense for safety and linebacker depth.

  12. Mike T says:

    We need a guard in free agency (nicks from New Orleans OR Grubbs from Baltimore) seem to be two possibilities, then a cornerback, then a safety. Once we do that we can draft from a position of want not need. We would still need a OT maybe LB, maybe DT then secondary and should be able to get that and more from our draft

  13. Jay says:

    The Vikings may try to be aggressive in FA, but they’ll have to overpay to get anyone to come here. Just look at the DC search. There are too many questions: no stadium, a new GM, an interim coach, Childress off the books next year, best player coming off a significant knee injury, and you’re playing in one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL. If I’m a FA, I’m probably picking somewhere else to go, so let’s get realistic.

    That’s why this draft is critical. I like the Mitchell Schwartz pick. I believe his brother Geoff was drafted by the Panthers when Vikings OL coach Jeff Davidson was there.

    Nielsen had back surgery in college. At best, he’s a 7th rounder.

  14. jo says:

    The vikes will give Indy all their number one picks for the next 10 years for 37 yo payton manning…..then he will retire after he gets tackled once.
    Thats how we roll in Minny

  15. mike b says:

    From the minute the TE pick came up my eyes rolled and haven’t stopped and I haven’t been able get serious about any of this article.
    Kalil, blackmon and Claiborne are game changers any of those and in any order would be good for the team. If there is a trade down there better be some gold like 5 picks in the first three rounds there are some players available in the top 50 and from what I’ve seen in the past those teams picking for need cause some deserving players to slide.

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