Well folks more than a week has passed since my last mock, so I'm at it again! Upon reviewing my previous 3 mocks found here, here, and here, respectively, I noticed a pattern. In all three mocks I selected a QB, G/C, safety, and a TE. In two of my mocks I selected an outside linebacker, offensive tackle, defensive end and receiver. I selected a defensive tackle and kicker once. The only major positions I have yet to address are cornerback and running back. I also only included a trade in one of my mocks.
Join me after the jump to find out if I stick to this trend or if I mix things up!
By looking at my previous mocks, it's pretty obvious what positions I feel are in need of an upgrade/depth boost. It's also obvious that we have many areas of need. With that in mind, I begin my mock draft 3.1 with a trade:
Round 1--The Minnesota Vikings trade their 2011 #12 overall draft pick (1200 points) and their 5th round pick (#19) which is worth 32 points to the Kansas City Chiefs for their #21 overall pick (800 points) , their #55 overall pick (350 points) and their 4th round pick (60 points). We might also have to swap 5th round picks (1 spot) to make this deal a go.
#21 Jake Locker, QB Washington. In a previous mock, I had Locker falling to us at #43. That simply will not happen. He had a tremendous Combine and has been improving his accuracy by working with former NFL QB Ken O' Brien. Locker has great physical tools and an even better attitude and work ethic. Leslie Frazier learned what not to do from his former boss and he goes after a top QB prospect in his first draft.
#43 Stefen Wisniewski, C/G Penn St. This is the same selection I made in my first mock. With the QB position addressed, Frazier looks to protect his first round investment with one of the top prospects among interior linemen. Wisniewski would be an instant upgrade at center or right guard.
#55 Luke Stocker, TE Tennessee. Another player who I have coveted all along and selected in a previous mock. However with recent comparisons made between Stocker and Jason Witten, Stocker will go early. The Vikings are rumored to be interested in a TE and Stocker is a prototypical NFL TE.
4th round, pick #9 Jarvis Jenkins, DT Clemson. Frazier finally looks for help on the defensive side of the ball. Frazier hinted at the Combine that he would like for the Viking's defense to return to it's elite status versus the run. Jenkins is a large body 6'4" 319lbs who can rush the passer as well.
4th round, pick # 21 Jalil Brown, CB Colorado. Colorado's "other" cornerback. While Brown has been in the shadow of top prospect Jimmy Smith, he has recently emerged after running a 4.46 forty at Colorado's pro day. At 6'1" 206 lbs, Brown has both the size and speed to play in any coverage scheme.
5th round, pick #9 Ross Homan, OLB Ohio St. Homan had a strong Combine with 32 reps of 225lbs, and a 35.5" verticle jump.
6th round, pick # 7 Jerrad Tarrant, S Georgia Tech. Seen by many as a position of need, Frazier rolls the dice on Tarrant who at 6'1" 204 ran a 4.5 forty at the Scouting Combine.
7th round, pick # 13 Tori Gurley, WR South Carolina. The Vikings found a gem once before by selecting a 20 year old receiver from SC, so they return to the well that produced Sidney Rice and hope that Gurley can fill at least one of the shoes likely to be vacated by the former gamecock.
Well there you have it folks. Let's hear some feedback!