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MockOne Twitter Draft Results:Vikings

We all like a good mock, and Josh did a pretty good job with this one, so let's put it on the front page! - Chris

I recently took part in the twitter mock called MockOne (#MockOne, @MockOneNet) and played the role of Vikings GM. MockOne is a comprehensive draft process that invites draftniks and scouts of all kinds to be the GM of the favorite teams. It spanned all seven rounds (no comp picks since they haven't been announced yet) and allowed trades. Be sure to check out all the picks at www.MockOne.net and each teams haul on their team page (Click on "Home" and switch to "MockOne" as MockTwo is about to get started). While its started just before free agency, I feel I was still able to meet the Vikings needs for the upcoming season. Here are the results from my Vikings picks along with explanations on my thought process and where players fit.

Pick Overall Player

1.03 3 Matt Kalil, OT USC 6'7'' 306lbs

This is the logical and right pick for so many reasons. Planting him at the left tackle position settles that all important position for the next ten years and allows Charlie Johnson to move into a more natural guard position to help replace Hutchinson. He has the talent, size, even the bloodlines to be one of the best tackles in the NFL and its a huge position of need for the Vikings.

Prospect Video: http://draftbreakdown.com/matt-kalil-vs-california-2011

2.03 35 Jamell Fleming, CB Oklahoma 5'11'' 206lbs

I attempted to trade down at this spot, but there was no traction in finding a trade partner. With no trade materializing, I deceived to go for a big need on defense. While the Vikings will have Chris Cook back on the active roster, there is still a need for more talent to be added. Fleming is considered a first round prospect by some and a top 5 corner by just about everyone. He is physical in the run game and has great cover skills. Could come in and play across from Cook from day one, allowing Winfield to play in his preferred nickel spot.

Prospect Videos: http://draftbreakdown.com/jamell-fleming-vs-iowa-2011

http://draftbreakdown.com/jamell-fleming-vs-texas-am-iowa-state-2011

3.21 84 Josh Chapman, NT Alabama 6'1" 316lbs

As the Vikings third pick came closer, I was able to find a trading partner in the Bengals and moved from the third pick in the round to the 21st. For picks 3.03 and 7.04, I still got to pick in the 3rd, added a 5th rounder (5..07) and a new 6th rounder (6.29) where the Vikings didn't have one because of the McNabb trade.

Josh Chapman is a big time talent that is being devalued because of his leg injury. Which he played on for the majority of the season for one of the best defenses in the country. His low center of gravity and strength allow him to hold his ground against double teams and stuff the middle of the defense. He doesn't have much of a pass rush, but he frees up the rest of the line to play one on one. The Vikings re-signed Guion and Evans after I made this pick, but I still hope its something the Vikings consider. That same combination of DTs underperformed this past season and having a young talent like Chapman in the wings is great insurance for what was a big hole up the middle of the Vikings D last season.

Prospect Video: http://draftbreakdown.com/josh-chapman

4.03 98 Marvin McNutt, WR Iowa 6'3" 216lbs

With a trade down in the third and the previous two picks focused on defense, it was time to grab a weapon for the offense. Wide receiver selections were spread out through the rounds pretty well and there was lots of talent in the middle rounds. Is a tall, long athlete who uses his big hands and body to create separation. He has shown the ability to catch the ball at its highest point and work the middle of the field for yards after the catch.

Prospect Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-3EN1CIVY8

5.03 130 Josh Kaddu, SLB/MLB Oregon 6'3'' 239lbs

Erin Henderson still hasn't been signed back and LB is looking like it may become a much bigger need by the time the draft come around. Kaddu is a tremendous athlete that has the size, speed, and coverage ability to play either the SLB or the MLB position in the Cover2. Could also play nickel linebacker.

5.07 134 Tommy Streeter, WR Miami 6'5" 219lbs

Here is the first pick I received from trading down in the third. WR started going faster after taking McNutt in the previous round and with the abundance of WR depth in this draft and lack of depth on the Vikings roster, it seems like a good idea to grab more than one. Like McNutt, Streeter has the size to matchup on the outside and shown the speed to create separation/draw coverage deep which would allow for Harvin/Rudolph/Carlson/Peterson to run wild through the middle of the field.

Prospect Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Bu3538FdY

6.29 187 Rokevious Watkins, OG South Carolina 6'4" 338lbs

Kalil allowed for the rest of the line to settle into better positions, but there is still need for depth as a majority of the talent at OG is of the elder, free agency variety and part of rebuilding the line means investing in youthful depth. Watkins played right and left tackle for the Gamecocks, but his size, wide body frame, and nasty demeanor would make him a better fit at guard.

Prospect Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IksyYj4lUnY

7.03 193 Duke Ihenacho, S San Jose St. 6'0" 213lbs

Safety is a position that has lots of young talent, but needs more production and depth from the position. Ihenacho is a big physical safety who also has a long wingspan that would allow him to matchup with TEs and big WRs down field. Still needs plenty of technique work which is why he is available this late in the draft.

Prospect Video: http://draftbreakdown.com/duke-ihenacho-vs-utah-state-2011

7.31 221 Ron Brooks, CB LSU 5'10" 190lbs

With the second to last pick, I decided to go with more depth at a position that needs it and one of my sleepers for the draft. I don't think you can normally call a player from a big time SEC school a sleeper, but Brooks had to play back up to future first round picks in Morris Claibourne and Tyrann "The Honeybadger" Mathieu. He is a bit undersized, but is very gifted athletically and made plays when given the opportunity. He would be the 4th CB right away and could fill in Winfield's nickel role should he be hurt/when he retires.

Brooks was the second to last pick of the draft and marked the end of the Vikings nine picks in MockOne. Those nine picks yielded the top OT, 2 CBs (with one being ranked in the top 5 CBs), 2 big WRs, a true nose tackle, and depth at OG and safety. These moves would help a bit more in the win column by addressing the OL and adding outside receiving talent to grow with Ponder and allow the TEs/Harvin to focus on the middle of the field. On defense, picks helped shore up the middle of the defense on the DL and at LB, while helping replenishing the DB depth to help compete against the pass happy NFC North.

With the rebuild mode in full effect, it important to remember that it will take more than one draft to truly replenish the depth and raise the talent level of this roster. I think even with the perfect draft where everyone drafted would become a starter in time it will take a couple years to be playoff contenders. For a comparable situation, we don't have to look any farther than the Detroit Lions. They amassed talent through the draft for three seasons while developing Stafford. Now they are on the brink of the playoffs.

Here is a quick look at a projected lineup with these draft picks:

Offense: (New draft picks in bold)

M. McNutt...............K. Rudolph / M. Kalil / C. Johnson / Sullivan / Fusco / Loadholt.........P.Harvin..............M.Jenkins

....................................J. Carlson...................R.Watkins.................Berger / D. Love....................................T.Streeter ....................................................................................Ponder

...................................................................................Peterson

Defense: (New draft picks in bold)

...C. Cook................Winfield...............Robison / Williams / Chapman / Allen...............................J. Fleming

.............................R. Brooks............E.Henderson / J. Kaddu / Greenway

..........................................M. Raymond.......................................J. Sanford

..................................................................................................D.Ihenacho

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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