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COACH CHRIS: First Round Wish List

So you’re wondering who the Vikings will select at # 30. Who’s going to slide?  Will there be a trade up or down ?

Well, we are all wondering the same things. But if the past is any indication of the future, then look for Spielman, Childress and Co. to look for the proverbial best player available.

Today, coach is going to muse a bit about what players could slide to the Vikings, possibly, if everything goes just so, maybe if Mars is in retrograde with Jupiter, etc.

These are three of the players that coach loves in the first round. Obviously, Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Russell Okung, C.J. Spiller, Joe Hayden and Eric Berry will be long gone.

Most likely, my absolute favorite Rolando McClain, the linebacker from Alabama, will also be gone. All 6’4” and 254 lbs. of him. But if he is available, or if the team can somehow move up high enough to grab this guy, they should make all reasonable effort to do so.

 Rolando McClain – ILB University of Alabama – ( 6’4” 254 lbs. 4.68/ 40 )

Coach loves this guy in the first round. McClain could be the best inside linebacker to come out in at least 10 years. He would be an immediate difference maker on defense.

McClain is the total package who can stuff the run, rush the passer, or drop into coverage and run with a tight end or even most running backs. An ideal mix of physical attributes and intangibles.  A terrific physical specimen with size, speed and sideline to sideline range. He is extremely powerful with great ball hawking instincts and great wrap-up tackling skills. He closes quickly and absolutely mauls ball carriers.

On blitzes, he is very good at timing the ball snap and fluid enough to devastate blocking backs to get to the QB.

He’s also a terrific leader with an outstanding work ethic and a great football I.Q. who dominated at the top college level.

Negatives: Good but not great lateral movement, and sometimes over pursues especially on traps and misdirection plays. Decent, but not exceptional speed and average hands and ball skills. Has health / durability concerns. Suffers from Crone’s disease, a disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. Has the disease under control, and has proven he will play through illness and injuries.

 Unfortunately, the chance here is slim to none, but would be a tremendous coup if it happened. No knock on E.J. Henderson, but just getting back on the field is uncertain, let alone performing at the Pro-Bowl level we’ve come to expect from him.

McClain will likely become a dominant middle linebacker and would team up with Greenway and Leber to give the team one of the best linebacker trios in existence.

Kyle Wilson of Boise State ( 5’10” 194 lbs, )

He would be a terrific selection if he slides down the board further than expected.  Joe Haden may be the most prepared corner in this class, but Wilson could have the best lockdown potential. The Viking will probably down grade him because of his lack of run support and the team greatly values tackling skills in their secondary. He can turn his hips and run easily with wideouts.

Wilson is undersized but he plays big, and is a true playmaker. Tough, physical with terrific hands and good leaping ability. Has impressive field vision. Wilson plays confident and has a very short memory.


Is sometimes overaggressive and will bite on fakes and playaction. Gave up too many big plays at Boise State. Doesn’t match up well with big, tall receivers. Didn’t face a lot of elite competition so it’s more difficult to evaluate how his skills will translate at the next level.


CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers —

McCourty is an athletic undersized (5-foot-11, 193) cornerback with a strong work ethic. He combines sub-4.48 speed and surprising tackling toughness in an intriguing package.

A special teams terror, he can return kicks and works well as a gunner on coverage teams. He blocked seven kicks for the Scarlet Knights. The Vikings love players with multiple talents and are extremely interested in McCourty who could be available at number 30.

He could end up teaming with Asher Allen to make a formidable cornerback duo for the next ten years.

McCourty uses his great speed and burst to close and recover and he’s able to turn and run with wideouts downfield.


Lacks great hands and ball skills and allows too many completions.  He also has trouble disengaging from blocks and needs work on his technique when jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage.

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4 Responses to “COACH CHRIS: First Round Wish List”

  1. Fragile Freds says:

    Chris could it be Rolando McClain looks so good because he has Terrence Cody playing the nose directly in front of him? Cody is the best run stopper in the draft. He’s a big fat danish eater who make Pat Williams look like Twiggy.

    Cody is one of the reasons Fred would love the Vikes to move back in the draft (second rounder). If this fat slob is available he would step in well for Pat. The down side of Cody is that my man can’t control his weight.

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Cmon Freds, give coach Chris a break, alot of people are drooling over Rolando and you could be right about playing behind Cody, I dont know. Just hope your guy Cody stays away from Starcaps with his weight problems.

  2. Fragile Freds says:

    Freds isn’t saying Chris is wrong, he’s probably right. But EJ sure got better after fat Pat arrived. I just think Orlando McClain had the benefit of a big old nose tackle is all.

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