Posted: January 21, 2012 by dostlund84 in NFL, Purple Pride

Full first round mock draft, with 4 rounds of Vikings picks.

1.  Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford, Peyton Manning is going to be cut this offseason.  Strange I know, but keeping both on the roster would be  $50 mil on the salary cap, not happening.

2.  TRADE- Redskins- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor, St. Louis would love to take Kalil here as they were one of the worst pass protect teams last year but stockpiling picks could be the wise move.

3.  Vikings- Matt Kalil LT USC, Charlie Johnson struggled at left tackle last season, with Kalil, Johnson can slide over to guard.  Tyron Smith graded out as the #4 NFL OT in ’11.  Matt Kalil is why he played RT at USC.  I’m convinced.  Blackmon is the sexy pick here but with all the free agent WR’s this year, Kalil is the way to go.

4.  Browns- Justin Blackmon WR OKST, they need to give McCoy a weapon if they ever want to find out if he can really play.  They would also be a good candidate to trade up for RG3 with their 2 first rounders but in the end the Redskins will give up more.

5.  Bucs-  Morris Claiborne CB LSU, no brainer here, with Aqib Talib in legal trouble and Ronde Barber possibly retiring, the Bucs need a CB.  The fact that he is the best player left on the board doesn’t hurt.

6.  TRADE- Rams-  Riley Reiff OT Iowa, I know what you’re thinking, why would the Rams take an OT at 6 when they could’ve had Kalil at 2?  It’s simple, they will get another first round pick and possibly more out of the trade.

7.  Jaguars-  Alshon Jeffrey WR South Carolina, Reach alert!  This might be a little high after Alshon had a down year but he is a freakish athlete and should jump up draft boards at the combine.  Jacksonville has been starving for a wideout for years and Gabbert needs a big target, good fit here.

8.  Panthers-  Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama, Carolina had the 24th ranked pass defense in ’11.  They also had the 27th ranked scoring defense last year.  Having a tall athletic corner, Dre is 6’2″, should help shut down opposing receivers in the red zone.

9.  Dolphins-  Jonathan Martin OT Stanford, The Fins just signed Joe Philbin as their new head coach.  I think he will try to lure Matt Flynn to Miami, if not Peyton Manning perhaps.  Jake Long should be fine next year but they could plug in Martin at RT to help protect their new QB, whoever that may be.

10.  Bills-  Quinton Coples DE UNC, at 6’6″ 285, Coples is a beast of a DE.  He would be perfect next to Marcell Dareus in the Bills 3-4.

11.  Chiefs-  Michael Brockers DT LSU,   KC needs help up front, Brockers is a beast, enough said.

12.  Seahawks-  Andre Branch DE Clemson, Chris Clemons has had back to back seasons with 11 sacks, they could use some help opposite him.

13.  Cardinals-  Devon Still DT Penn State, AZ has a porous run defense, Still would fit right in next to Darnell Docket.

14.  Cowboys-  Alfonzo Denard CB Nebraska, with Terrance Newman possibly on the way out and Mike Jenkins just having shoulder surgery, the boys may reach here to reload their secondary.

15.  Eagles-  Luke Kuechly ILB BC, the Eagles run defense was atrocious last year, they have a good line, desperately need LBs.

16.  Jets-  Mark Barron S Alabama, The Jets had the 5th ranked pass defense last year, they want to be the best at what they do.

17.  Bengals-  Trent Richardson RB Alabama, Richardson is a top ten talent but teams don’t like drafting RBs early these days, Cincy would love to have him with Benson on the way out.

18.  Chargers-  Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama, 3 tide in a row, what do you expect from your national champions?

19.  Bears-  Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame, Cutler says “Finally!”

20.  Titans-  David DeCastro OG Stanford, the Titans ranked 31st in the league in rushing despite having CJ2K.  Everyone blamed the line.  Decastro can make holes for Johnson, no more excuses.

21.  Bengals-  Kendall Wright WR Baylor, give the ginger another weapon.  Wright is a speedy receiver that would be great in the slot.  This offense is going to be good.

22.  Browns-  Lamar Miller RB Miami, the Browns front office doesn’t seem to be fond of Peyton Hillis.  Montario Hardesty is injury prone, easy pick here.

23.  Lions-  Jenoris Jenkins CB North Alabama, This is who I would love see drop to the Vikings in the second round, but most of the top players left on the board are d-lineman, they need a corner.

24.  Steelers-  Peter Konz C Wisconsin, he is the best interior lineman on the board and would be moved to guard.

25.  Broncos-  Coby Fleener TE Stanford, Tebow needs to learn to use his TEs more, at 6’6″ Fleener would be hard to miss.

26.  Texans-  Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers, Schaub could use another target opposite Andre.  Sanu is NFL ready and a great route runner, a bit of a reach but they need to pull the trigger here.

27.  Patriots-  Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina, they need secondary help but they will wait till the 2nd round.

28.  Packers-  Nick Perry DE USC, they miss Cullen Jenkins, take the top DE on the board.

29.  Giants-  Stephen Gilmore CB South Carolina, there is a lot players with more talent on the board, but they need corners.

30.  Trade-  Seattle-  Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M, Bellichick had 1 first rounder thats enough, they will trade their pick and stockpile some of Seattles.  Seattle can’t actually think TJACK is their QB of the future.

31.  Niners-  Cordy Glenn OG Georgia, Niners need WR help, there is no one left worthy of a first rounder, they will solidify their right guard position with Adam Snyder going into free agency next year.

32.  Ravens-   Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama, the rich get richer.  The super bowl champs round out the first round with the fifth Alabama player to be taken.


1st- Matt Kalil OT USC

2nd-  Chase Minnifield CB Virginia, we will reach on the best CB on the board here, a trade down to get one would be nice, but we don’t have the gumption.

3rd-  Antonio Allen S South Carolina, more help for the secondary.

4th-  Tommy Streeter WR Miami, should go in the 3rd or higher, but if he falls, snatch him up.


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