Recently took part in a mock draft on Twitter with several other NFL Draft enthusiasts and got to make all the picks for the Vikings. You can check the entire 3 round mock here. Lots of interesting picks to be sure, but before you get to far into it, know that there were no trades and I made the critical assumption that the Vikings go after a WR in free agency. There will be too many out there once FA starts for the Vikings to not go after one or two. As a result, here are the first three picks for the Vikings:
1. Morris Claiborne, CB LSU - Kalil was gone and there were no trades. Even if I wasn't assuming the Vikings take a FA WR, Claiborne is the pick. The secondary has little to no talent and Claiborne is the top CB prospect regardless of defensive scheme. Blackmon isn't in the same mold as Calvin Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald and I would pass on him until picking outside of the top ten.
2. Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State - There aren't a lot of LT prospects after the 1st round, but adding talent to the OL is still a big priority. Both Guards (Hutch/Herrera) have struggled with injuries the past couple of years and both are closer to on their way out then reaching their peak. Osemele played LT at Iowa State, but projects as a OG/RT in the pros because of his foot speed. He'd be best at OG (IMO), but could also swing at tackle if needed.
3. Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama - The Vikings seem set at DE in terms of both starters and back-ups looking to crack the starting lineup, but the interior has lost a lot of depth and worse, has seen a huge nose dive in production at NT with Phat Pat retiring. Chapman was an immoveable object while playing for the #1 defense in college football. If you hadn't heard, he played most of the past season with a torn ACL. Yup, one of the best NT in college football and he was playing on one leg. He recently had surgery to repair his ACL and should be ready to play by the time the season rolls around.
Lets us know what you think/how you wold have done it differently. Also, if you are on twitter, be sure to follow everyone making the picks. Lots of great draft info from all who participated.