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Minnesota Vikings Draft Preview

Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:00 pm
Minnesota Vikings 2010 record: 6-10, fourth place NFC West

2011 draft rundown - Nine total picks (round): 12 (1); 43 (2); 106 (4); 139 (5); 150 (5); 172 (6); 200 (6); 215 (7) 236 (7)

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Quarterback: Favre had a miserable 2010 season after a spectacular 2009 and has called it quits for a third time. That's fine with the Vikings, who feel it's time for them to move on. Frazier's preference would be to draft a quarterback and have that player develop under new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

Defensive line: Starting left end Ray Edwards is expected to be a free agent when a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached and that means the Vikings will be in search of a starter. Brian Robison signed an extension just before the lockout, but he might be best suited as a situational pass rusher. Everson Griffen, a fourth-round pick last year, has talent but has had off-the-field issues this offseason and is considered less than reliable.

Offensive line: Pro Bowl left guard Steve Hutchinson is 34 years old, center John Sullivan has yet to establish himself and right guard Anthony Herrera is coming off a knee injury. This unit needs to get younger and add depth. And that's not even getting into the fact that Bryant McKinnie is considered a chronic underachiever, despite the fact many teams probably would like to have the massive left tackle.

First-round focus   12th overall -- The Vikings had to be impressed by the level of play of rookie Joe Webb last year as the former wide receiver shocked the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football* (*actually played on Tuesday) with a solid all-around performance. Even with Webb's impressive performance, the Vikings are expected to look for another young quarterback to groom now that Brett Favre has retired (and will presumably remain so). The Vikings have been linked to Washington's Jake Locker, as his mobility, upside and intangibles are thought to be very highly valued by the Vikings. Minnesota is also thought to be high on the upside of Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and view Florida State's Christian Ponder and TCU's Andy Dalton as ideal fits in their offense, as well, but may not have a first round grade on these three passers. Should the Vikings elect to push off their needs at quarterback, addressing their concern at defensive end is also a strong possibility. Veteran Ray Edwards is scheduled for free agency and could be one of the more sought-after talents whenever the league and union make amends. The Vikings could look to take advantage of this year's rare talent and depth along the defensive line with the No. 12 pick, overall. The team is thought to have Cal's Cameron Jordan, Wisconsin's JJ Watt and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan closely rated and as such might be willing to trade down a few spots should all three be on the board. Jordan would be a particularly intriguing fit considering that his father, Steve Jordan, was a Pro Bowl tight end for the Vikings from 1982-1994.  The Vikings are thought likely to consider an interior offensive lineman at some point in the draft. Florida's Mike Pouncey would be a bit of a reach at No. 12, but would solidify the unit due to his size, strength and versatility.

Five names on Vikings' board:   
QB Jake Locker, Washington
DE Cameron Jordan, California
DE JJ Watt, Wisconsin
DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
OL Mike Pouncey, Florida

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:20 pm

Minnesota Vikings Draft Preview

The Patriots ranked 29th in Pass Defense last year (the Vikings were 10th). If they want one of the two best DB's in the draft, they need to move up a few spots. They have another 1st Rd pick at 28, so moving back in the 2nd rd won't matter to them as much as moving up will for the Vikings. The 92nd pick in the 3rd round would be required to make it a fair trade in terms of the Draft value calculator I linked to in my previous post.

This draft is DE heavy in terms of talent, so the Vikings can still grab a top DE or DT at 17. Even an OL is possible. 12 is too high for the 3rd-5th QB. One of them will surely be available at 33; maybe not at 43.

You are right in saying we don't need another Bust DE, but I'm not going to assume a 1st Rd DE is going to be a bust (Carl Eller was a 1st rd pick). If I assumed that, I'd trade out of my 1st rd pick every year.

To be honest, the Vikings defense is better than their overall ranking last year. The Offense turned the ball over way too much, which forced the defense back on the field more than could be expected of them. I expect a rebound this year, but losing Pat Williams and Ray Edwards means the Vikings need to get big DE or DT.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:23 pm

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How about trading their 12th and 43rd picks to NE for the 17th, 33rd, and 92nd picks?

why in the world would NE make some sort of trade like that?  That will never happen... 

anyway, I personally don't understand why no one is saying the Vikings should grab Amukamara if available at 12.  We clearly have a great need at CB, with our only serviceable one an aging Antoine Winfield, who remains a great tackler, but has definitely lost a step or two in coverage.  If we want any chance at all of beating the Packers we need a shutdown corner.  We don't need another bust DE (see Erasmus James, Kenechi Udeze) I think griffen and robison can be decent enough, especially if J Allen plays like he did in the 2nd half rather than the 1st of last year.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:28 pm

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Just throwing this out there as a Draft Day trade possibiity for the Vikings...

How about trading their 12th and 43rd picks to NE for the 17th, 33rd, and 92nd picks? According to  the trade would be very fair. With this trade, the Vikings would still be in play for one of the DE's and move up in the 2nd for a shot at one of the QB's. They'd also pick up the 3rd rd pick they want to get back.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:47 pm

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Robert Gallery via free agency to plug in at RG
You are crazy if you think Gallery is better than Herrera. 

Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:48 am

Minnesota Vikings Draft Preview

GM Rick Speilman has already said the Vikings will move around to get back into the third round. There is something to be said for quality versus quantity, but the Vikings aren't there anymore. The Vikings need a lot of new players. Re-signing Edwards is Spielman's top priority and Rice second. I also think that trading back about 3-6 spots (get back into the third) and grab Pouncey as the best available player is the way to go. AP is still the best in the league and we need to build around him for AT LEAST 3 or more for years. I would also love to see us go after Robert Gallery via free agency to plug in at RG.  A line of McKinnie, Hutch, Pouncey, Gallery, Loadholt could push some people around and make our offense very dangerous again. In the second I would still go best available and hopefully at 43 Ryan Mallett or another QB drops, if not possibly Ras-I Dowling is still available. The rest of the draft needs to go with best available as well. There are TOO many holes to be picking by need only.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:34 am

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With the right draft they can be a force to come for year?  This draft has the least amount of talent a draft has had in years.  The best thing you can do in a draft like this is bulk up on your OL and DL and draft speed on the perimeter and hope these guys develop into players that can contribute.  No group of players in this draft are going to make any team a force for years to come. 

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:03 am

Minnesota Vikings Draft Preview

  • I think that vikingintexas1 is right, we need to pick up a vet QB like McNabb or Carson.  The only reason I would take a QB in the first would be if Newton or Gabbert fell to us, Gabbert would be my preference(which will not happen).  I also agree in using our first round on  OL, either Pouncey, Castonzo or Carimi.  I would try and trade down first(trade twice 1st teens then, 2nd time low twenties) thou and add picks because we have a lot of needs.   Also if Prince A. CB from Nebraska fell I would take him at 12. I just don't see the need to use our 1st on a DE with Allen.  Robison or Everson should be able to step up and we can always draft one later(DL depth is deep this year).  With the second pick I would Draft a QB like Dalton or Ponder.  I Like Dalton's accuracy and intangibles (ie.. see win/lost record for details)more than Ponder thou.  We learned that it is very hard to teach accuracy and the ability to read defenses and arm strength is over rated, see TJack for details.  Dalton reminds me "a little" of Drew Brees.  If we can trade down in the first, and get a third round I would use it on a safety(prefer FS to replace M. Williams), WR to replace Rice or DE to replace Edwards(if he becomes unrestricted, he's gone). I would use best player available to determine which position.  The rest of the draft I would address using "the best player available" in the following need positions:  OL(Which ever wasn't drafted if first LOT or C ), the other third round positions not drafted yet, OLB, another CB, another Safety(SS) and another WR.  Playoffs might be wishing a little thou for 2011.

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:58 pm

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Vikings need to sign a vet. QB because they still can make a run at the bowl. (Carson is my pickup) --- 1st rd. should be OL, 2nd rd. should be QB. ( I like Ponder ) --- With the right moves this draft the Vikings can be a force for years to come; make the bad moves & enjoy being a " good week " for other teams on their way to the playoffs !!!

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2011 10:42 pm

Minnesota Vikings Draft Preview

Vikings fourth place in the NFC WEST?  One sentence into this preview and its already f'd up.

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