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Top 5 @ #34


Hope you got some time last night to re-stack your boards ;) Only a couple hours left before they start up again so lets put to paper (or, I guess, to internet) who we think/hope the Vikings are targeting with the 2nd overall pick today. I am still holding out a small fraction of hope that a team tries a crazy trade with the Vikings and gives up a 2011 1st rounder. I just like the idea of having 2 1st rounders next year when the Vikings will really, really need to identify a QB and go after them. That said they could just grab one now. Lets go to the list:

 

1. Jimmy Clausen QB - I like his game, but never thought he would be available at this point in the draft. Assuming the Rams don't trade out and no one offers the bank to the Vikings, I think Clausen represents the BPA and taking him early in the 2nd both A) doesn't preclude he start right away which would B) not make Farve think the Vikings are already trying to replace him. The Vikings would also be getting a potentially Top 10 QB for a 2nd round price. He wasn't the player I thought would drop, but in dropping his value is high and for all the talk about needing a QB, I think it would be hard for them to pass on him.

 

2. Taylor Mays - I am admittedly living in SoCal and a PAC-10 homer {alum of their finest institution, Washington ;)}, but I am not big on Mays. However, much like Clausen, he was a highly rated player that has a lot of value at this point in the draft. I am not a big fan of his as a safety, but I am liking the idea of "Urlach"-ing him. Urlacher played safety (along with every other position for New Mexico) and while he was an athletic freak, most thought he wouldn't be a great safety in the NFL. Well, we all have seen how those athletic skills and size have really helped as the MLB in the Tampa-2. Mays would excel in this role too IMO. His size and speed in the middle of the field would be an asset. Dropping into coverage from the MLB wouldn't require him to play in too much space and he matches up well with TE's in a zone and as headhunting crossing routes. The size and speed would again be an asset in the run game up the middle. He loves to deliver wood and playing MLB in Minnesota would allow him to throw his body into RBs and a tough match-up when blitzing him so close to the line.  I think keeping him at safety wouldn't be as good in Minnesota because in Minnesota it would require him holding back and being more cerebral in taking angles and reading offenses, while closer to the line at MLB would give him more freedom to react to what he is seeing. A case against making him over think plays and just make them.

 

3. Rob Gronkowski TE - I know the Vikings don't have an immediate need, he just happens to be a player I really like and would love to see in Purple. He as prolific a pass catcher as Gresham (they both average the same yards/catch and TDs/catch), but has the frame and willingness to be the better blocker and already has a leg up in the department over Gresham, who isn't much of a blocker, but a tremendous pass catcher. Just like I wasn't worried about Peterson's injury history (and he got hurt a lot more often), Gron's doesn't bother me either. Don't think he will last past the Raven's at #43

 

4. Roger Staffold OG/T - Staffold is a guy who could be a great OG in a year or two, but would have great value now as a swing line man immediately and playing into the starting lineup by the end of this year, start of next year. Not a sexy pick, but one that could solidify the line for years to come.

 

5. Toby Gerhart RB - Another guy, I just like and would fit well for the Vikings. The Vikings have the smaller/change of pace backs in Young/Reynard/the Johnsons, but they could use a back that emulate's Peterson's smash mouth mentality. A RB that can come in and make defenders not want to tackle him, the wrecking ball aspect. The Vikings could use this presence in case (knock on wood, salt over the shoulder, etc) Peterson misses any game time. The Vikings could then rotate the punisher back with the scat backs to keep the running game from losing its validity. Don't think they are looking at Gerhart in particular, he's just a guy I like in that role and would be a good pick-up here.

 

I still think the Vikings need to target a taller (6'+) CB early, but not seeing the value here. I don't think they will end up keeping all their picks, and will most likely use some later ones to move up in rounds 2 or 3. Lots of CB talent and still lots of them out there to get today. Who do you guys like today?

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