NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Posted: March 15, 2012 by dostlund84 in NFL, Purple Pride

Will Alshon Jeffrey slip into the 2nd round?

If so, will the Vikings have the gumption to take him?

Will Mike Wallace be on a new team in exchange for a first rounder?

Back by popular demand, 4 rounds of Vikings picks. 

1.  Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford,   no surprises from my first mock here.  Peyton was cut and they will take Luck.

2.  Redskins-  Robert Griffin III QB Baylor, well i really nailed this one in my first mock.  I did not think they would have to give up 3 first rounders and their 2nd this year.  Why did the Vikings have to beat the Panthers or the Skins?  These should be our 3 first rounders.

3.  Vikings- Matt Kalil OT USC, releasing Hutchinson and Herrera should be a clear sign that we are going to move Charlie Johnson to guard and select the best non quarterback prospect in the draft.

4.  Browns-  Justin Blackmon WR OKST, Trent Richardson and Ryan Tannehill are possible options here as well, but with Blackmon running under 4.5 at his pro day, he will be hard to pass up.

5.  Bucs-  Trent Richardson RB Alabama, I had Claiborne here previously but they signed free agent CB Eric Wright, Aqib Talib is almost out of the woods in his latest legal trouble, and they are  looking to bring Ronde Barber back.  RB is a much bigger hole with Blount still struggling in pass protection and on third downs.

6.  Rams-  Morris Claiborne CB LSU, they just signed Cortland Finnegan but they still need someone on the other side.  Justin Blackmon would be their first choice here if available.  Offensive line is a priority as well, but I think they will use at least one of their early 2nd rounders to fill that need.

7.  Jaguars-  Quentin Coples DE UNC, I think they would be better off reaching on a WR like Michael Floyd, but with the signing of Laurent Robinson, a pass rusher may be the better choice.

8.  Panthers-  Michael Brockers DT LSU, the Panthers have a lot of holes on defense, the best defensive player available here would be the way to go.  Dre Kirkpatrick may drop back a bit due to questions of his character.

9.  Dolphins-  Riley Reiff OT Iowa, I’m guessing the Fins won’t sign Peyton Manning, but Matt Flynn is still a possibility.  Either way RT is a priority.  I could see Michael Floyd going here with the recent trade of Brandon Marshall.

10.  Bills-   Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame,  A pass rusher is a big need but Mario Williams has been in town for 3 days now and is most likely negotiating a contract.  A WR opposite Stevie Johnson would be the way to go.  If they can’t land Williams, Melvin Ingram wouldn’t be so bad as a backup plan.

11.  Chiefs-  Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama,  a little cannabis shouldn’t be a big deal for a solid player like Kirkpatrick.  It is possible that he falls out of the top 15, but with the Chiefs losing Brandon Carr to the Cowboys, here is their chance to reload.  Reaching on Ryan Tannehill is another distinct possibility here.

12.  Seahawks-  Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M,  it’s a reach but Tannehill could go as high as 4 to the Browns.  Teams are desperate for a franchise QB, we saw this last year at 12 as well.  Tarvaris is in the last year of his two year deal he signed last season and will likely have to compete for the starting job.

13.  Cardinals-  Jonathan Martin OT Stanford,  whether it’s Kevin Kolb or Peyton Manning, the Cardinals desperately need help protecting their QB.

14.  Cowboys-  Jenoris Jenkins CB N. Alabama,  even though they just signed Carr, like the rams they could use a CB on the other side.  Jenkins is highly talented and character issues are not an issue in Dallas.

15.  Eagles-  Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College, the Eagles have a gaping hole at ILB and OLB, if Kuechly was off the board here, they would take the next best LB, Courtney Upshaw.

16.  Jets-  Mark Barron S Alabama, the Jets have great corners but need to upgrade the safety position.  This is an easy pick.

17.  Bengals-  Kendall Wright WR Baylor,  his 4.61 forty time at the combine is inaccurate due to a penalty from a faulty stance.  He is a solid slot receiver and would compliment A.J. Green very well.

18.  Chargers-  Melvin Ingram OLB/DE South Carolina,  he could go much higher do to his high level of talent and his great performance at the combine.  Due to his size, only 6’1″ 264 lbs, he may drop out of the top 15.  The Chargers wouldn’t hesitate to take this 3-4 OLB.  He would be a pass rushing DE in a 4-3.

19.  Bears-  Dontari Poe DT Memphis,  this big fella domintaed the combine.  6’4″ 346 lbs.  He ran a 4.98 forty and had 44 bench press reps!  He is climbing up draft boards and could easily go before the Bears have a chance at him.

20.  Titans-  David DeCastro OG Stanford,  the Titans are one of the favorites to land Peyton Manning.  They brought in but didn’t sign Steve Hutchinson.  DeCastro would be a great pick regardless of Manning signing or not.

21.  Bengals-  Lamar Miller RB Miami,  with Cedric Benson out of town the Bengals need a new RB.  This might be a bit of a reach but they don’t pick again until 54 and Miller and Doug Martin could both be gone by then.

22.  Browns-  Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama, Doug Martin is a player that the Browns need.  He is a bruising back that could play all three downs.  Upsahw is far too talented to pass on however, especially considering the browns pick again early in the 2nd and should be able to get a solid RB there.

23.  Lions-  Stephen Gilmore CB South Carolina, they lost Eric Wright to the Bucs in free agency.  They will hope that a better CB will drop to them at 23, but will most likely draft per need here regardless.

24.  Steelers-  Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi ST, the Steelers lost a couple interior lineman.  Aaron Smith was cut and Chris Hoke retired,  They need to re-up their inside line.

25.  Broncos-  Devon Still DT Penn State, the Broncos defense is pretty solid but could use some help in the middle.  If they sign Manning Stephen Hill out of Georgia Tech could be the pick to give Peyton some more weapons.

26.  Texans-  Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech, a number two wide receiver has been needed in Houston for years.  He impressed at the combine and most likely earned himself a place in the first round despite being in a triple option offense at Georgia Tech.

27.  Patriots-  Jerel Worthy DT Michigan ST, a WR is a major need for the Patriots but their defense was terrible last year and it all starts up front.

28.  Packers-  Nick Perry DE Southern California, they should take the best pass rusher on the board, whoever that might be in their eyes.

29.  Ravens-  Cordy Glenn OG Georgia,  Glenn could go much higher than this, the Ravens would snatch him up if he fell.  Ben Grubbs hit the open market and Glenn is the best interior lineman on the board.

30.  Niners-  Peter Conz C Wisconsin, Jonathan Goodwin has two years left on his contract and is 33.  Drafting his replacement would be a wise move.  Conz could play guard in the meantime with the departure of RG Adam Snyder.  WR is another need despite the Randy Moss signing, with Brandon Llyod and Mario Manningham coming to town, it looks like they will fill that void via free agency.

31.  Trade- Steelers, not by choice, but with Mike Wallace a RFA the Pats could get him with their first round pick and by offering him more money that the Steelers could.  The Steelers are tight on cap space so this is a distinct possibility.  I was right on with my trade prediction with the Rams, let’s see if I can go 2 for 2.

32.  Giants-  Mike Adams OT Ohio State, Kareem McKenzie is not going to play for the Giants next season, they could use an upgrade from James Brewer, their fourth round pick from a year ago.

Vikings Picks

1st round-  Matt Kalil OT USC

2nd round-  Alshon Jeffrey WR South Carolina, his draft position will swing one way or another depending on his 40 time at his pro day coming up.  Rumors of his weight gain, 249 lbs was the rumor, were dispelled at the combine when he weighed in at 6’3″ 216 lbs.  If he runs a decent forty he could jump back into the first.  If he is available here take him.

3rd round-  Chase Minnifield CB Virginia, I had him going in the 2nd in my previous mock, but the combine seems to have lowered his draft status.  I suppose he shouldn’t have called Chris Cook a good guy in his interviews.  Oops.

4th round-  George Iloka S Boise State, the Vikings staff coached him at the Senior Bowl.  He is 6’3″ and would have an opportunity to contribute right away.  If Alshon isn’t their in the 2nd round Tommy Streeter WR Miami would be the pick here if he was available, 6’4″ and ran a 4.40 forty at the combine, unpolished but Al Davis would love him and so do I.


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