We've seen almost everything from one Mock to another. We've all disagreed and some have agreed, but mostly I find it really interesting to see what other people from outside the DN circle think about our team and our team's needs. Here is a Mock that I saw on a FanPost over at Mocking the Draft. Pretty interesting to me. Here are the Viking's picks with their explanations:
12. Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA: The Vikings would definitely trade this pick if the draft worked out this way. There is no QB or OLB worth the pick here but a ton of teams would be looking to trade up for Cameron Jordan and Tyron Smith. However, since I don’t mock trades, I gave the Vikings the best 4-3 OLB in the draft.
43. Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State – The Vikings have made it clear that they want a QB early in the draft and they get probably the safest QB to take in round 2. Ponder has a ton of potential and a high floor. With some good coaching he will be a steal here in round 2.
105. Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa: Sash is a blue-collar, extremely smart SS. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up for in heart and determination.
136. Brian Rolle, OLB, Ohio State: Rolle is at worst solid depth at OLB and at best is a very good starting OLB.
147. Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado: Brown has incredible size and smooth hips and will compete for a starting job in his rookie year.
167. Cecil Shorts III, WR, Mount Union: This is an absolute steal. Shorts has all the tools to be a #2 WR in the NFL.
205. Tejay Johnson, FS, USC: Johnson can be depth at the safety spot and also play ST.
Now, I'm not saying I completely agree with this Mock, but I don't mind it at all, at least philosophy behind it. There's one main issue that I have with it: We don't need to draft 2 OLB and I also don't see a need to draft one in the first round(Ayers is highly touted, but could definitely be seen as a reach at #12). I did like that he mentioned he doesn't have trades in his mock as with the players left on the board, I think a trade would be warranted. The other side of that is while most of us anticipate cutting ties with Leber, OLB could be a considered a need, but I would prefer with the rest of the draft, picking an OT with the #12 pick. I think it would be great to get Ponder with the 2nd round pick. Also getting some serious potential in Sash and Shorts to fill in almost immediately.
Again, just wanted to throw this one out there because it's just, well, different.