Okay, so I know a lot of guys love the draft speculation, the mock drafts, and the NFL scouting combine. Well, one of the best (and 100% free) sites out there is nfldraftcountdown.com, run by Mr. Scott Wright. I had a chance to interview him about the scouting combine, the NFL Draft, and what he thinks the Vikings will (or should) do. Follow after the jump to get Scott's well informed opinion on all things NFL draft. And check out his site if you haven't. Oh, and good spots still remain for mockdraftapaloozafeststock, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to participate. Okay, shameless plugs over. Go read the interview
DN: Now that the combine is over, who do you think made the biggest impression, both positively and negatively?
Scott Wright: Well that’s kind of relative. Some of this year’s stars were actually expected to work out well so it wasn’t really a surprise.
DN: Who’s better, Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy? Also, you had 5 DT’s going in your last mock on Feb 11th, including Tennessee DT Dan Williams to the Vikings with the 30th pick. Is DT the deepest in talent this year? If not, what is the deepest?
SW: It’s basically a 1A and 1B situation with Suh and McCoy but I gave the ever so slight edge to Suh. However, it’s like ice cream and cake: They are both great! Defensive tackle is definitely the strongest position in this draft and not only do you have those two elite talents at the top but there is also tremendous depth throughout the early rounds. In fact, this could be one of the best defensive tackle classes ever!
DN: The Minnesota Vikings need help at DT, CB, and QB. You currently have them selecting a DT. Did anything that you saw at the combine change your mind, or does DT still make the most sense?
SW: Well, I keep hearing the talk about cornerback for the Vikings and while I agree that it’s a need I’m just not so sure it’s a first round priority. If they did go that direction in Round 1 guys like Kyle Wilson of
DN: Based on what the conventional wisdom is on the positions the Vikings need combined with their draft position, who do you see as the top CB and QB available if they don’t draft a DT like you predict?
SW: As I mentioned in the previous answer I think Kyle Wilson of
DN: The QB position seems to have a lot of big names, but shallow on NFL talent. Let’s say Tim Tebow doesn’t go in the first round, does he slip all the way to the third? Do you see him being a fit for the Vikings if they go in that direction?
SW: Well, first of all let me say I am very confident that Tim Tebow won’t make it to the Vikings in Round 3 and I still think there is a good chance somebody will grab him in the first round. Remember, it only takes on team to fall in love with him. With that said, I think the Vikings would be a great fit for Tebow and probably give him as good of a chance to succeed in the pros as anyone. With the Vikings he could sit and develop for a year or two with no pressure to play, which is something that is essential. Now I think Tebow would be a major reach in Round 1 but at the same time I would like the pick if I were a Vikings fan because unless they start preparing now
DN: The Vikings philosophy since 2006 has been to select the best player available. Positional needs aside, who do you see that being at the 30th pick, and do you think he’ll be on the board or already gone because of positional needs from other teams?
SW: It’s so hard to say because you never know who is going to fall. My guess is there will be an early run on offensive linemen so the top guys will all be gone before the 30th pick. The value late in round one will be at wide receiver with guys like Arrelious Benn of
DN: Most people are familiar with the first round names, but tell me a guy to look out for in the 4th or 5th round that I should get excited about if the Vikings call his name.
SW: How about Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead, who was considered to be a potential Top 10 pick last summer. He has some technical mechanical issues that need to be straightened out but he has early round talent and starting potential. With good coaching and development he could be a steal.
DN: Who has the biggest bust potential and why? Who’s the biggest sleeper and why?
I would say
As for an underrated player, I’ll say Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy. In my opinion he is a legitimate first round talent but character concerns and an inability to stay healthy will lead to him falling to the middle rounds. Still, I have always been a big fan of Hardy’s and if he can get healthy he could be a steal.
DN: Finish this sentence: The Minnesota Vikings will have a successful draft if__________________
They land a quarterback who can realistically be expected to replace Brett Favre, whether it be in 2010, 2011 or 2012.
Once again, thanks to Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown. Hope you guys enjoyed it.