Well the Vikings haven't exactly made a splash in free agency thus far. You might even argue that they haven't really addressed their biggest needs. Re-signing Erin Henderson
caused me to tear up my rough draft was necessary, and adding oline depth with the Schwartz was a good deal too. John Carlson returns home and is expected to take over for the recently departed, fan-favorite Visanthe Shaincoe. The curious moves involved the signing of 2 fullbacks. One will most likely provide the competition for D'Imperio, while the other might get a chance as our 3rd down back. Nevertheless, we still have a lot of holes.
My latest attempt to fill those holes after the jump.
3. Matt Kalil, LT USC.
Height: 6-7. Weight: 306.
40 Time: 4.99. 10-Yd Split: 1.70.
Projected Round (2012): Top-5 Pick.
3/13/12: Kalil had an excellent showing at the Combine, and the talk of him falling behind Riley Reiff was silenced. In Indianapolis, Kalil showed off natural athleticism and quickness. He followed that up with a good pro day. Kalil has added 10 pounds of muscle since the end of the season and that power should help him improve his run blocking.
There has been a lot of buzz lately about this pick. Morris Claiborne is starting to enter the conversation and has been connected to the Vikings in the last week or so. I like Claiborne, I really do. But the CB class is much deeper than the offensive tackle class is. Plus, Matt Kalil is widely considered to be the best non-QB prospect in this draft.
35. Kendall Reyes, DT UCONN.
Height: 6-4. Weight: 299.
40 Time: 4.79.
Vertical: 34.5. Broad: 9-5.
Arm: 33 1/4. Hand: 9 1/2.
Projected Round (2012): 1-2.
3/13/12: Reyes was another defensive tackle who had a superb Combine. He was extremely fast in the 40 and looked good in the field drills. At the Senior Bowl, Reyes routinely beat offensive linemen in the one-on-one drills. He has a powerful bull rush to go along with some surprising speed rushes. The North defensive linemen really struggled with blocking him all week.
Reyes is fast closing on the quarterback with the quickness off the snap to be a potential three-technique pass rusher in the NFL. He played well in 2011, totaling 46 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sack. Reyes has some developmental skills.
If he gets good coaching at the NFL level, he could turn into a steal. Reyes has some nice speed and can get some pressure in the pocket.
This is the first time that I have mocked him this high. He is shooting up draft boards so I had to. Kevin Williams is getting long in the tooth, and he is entering the final year of his contract. Reyes had a strong Senior Bowl week, and the Vikings had a front row seat to the show.
67. Casey Hayward, CB Vandy.
Height: 5-11. Weight: 192.
40 Time: 4.53. 10-Yd Split: 1.52.
Vertical: 34. Broad: 9-11.
Arm: 30 1/4. Hand: 8 7/8.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.
3/5/12: Hayward had an average week at the Senior Bowl and did better than expected at the Scouting Combine. He recorded a better 40-yard dash than many expected him to run.
Hayward was a pure ballhawk to start the 2011 season, snatching four interceptions in four games. After that, he cooled off, but his coverage all season remained solid. Against Arkansas, Hayward dropped three interceptions and totaled six passes broken up. He went out on a good note with two interceptions against Cincinnati in the bowl game.
For 2011, Hayward had seven interceptions, 60 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and 10 passes broken up. He has enough size and ball skills to fit any NFL defense. Hayward also is aggressive defending the run. He could be an underrated prospect who will reward the team that drafts him.
I have mocked him to us in every mock. Did you really think I was going to stop now?
Comp. Marvin Jones, WR Cal.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 199.
40 Time: 4.46. 10-Yd Split: 1.57.
Hand: 10 1/4.
Arm: 32 7/8. Hand: 10.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.
3/12/12: Jones is a sleeper prospect who has had a great post-season. He had superb week at the Senior Bowl where he showed speed, strength, route-running and good hands. Jones followed that up with an excellent Combine and a fast 40 time. He recorded 62 receptions for 846 yards and three scores this season. Jones had big games against the lesser competition, and was a quality complement to star sophomore receiver Keenan Allen. Playing with Allen hurt the number of passes thrown Jones direction.
Another Senior Bowl connection here. Plus it fills a need. I am not that high on the 1st-2nd round WR prospects, so taking one with our first compensatory pick is a good place to do so.
4th. James Michael-Johnson, MLB Nevada.
Height: 6-1. Weight: 241.
40 Time: 4.60.
Vertical: 37. Broad: 10-4.
Arm: 32 7/8. Hand: 9 5/8.
Projected Round (2012): 4-5.
3/20/12: Johnson was solid at the Combine. In 2011, he totaled 100 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. Johnson is a little stiff and struggled with his footwork at the Senior Bowl. He is going to need some grooming at the next level.
This is a solid football player. He had a strong combine so he might be off the board by this point. I am hoping that he slips right to the Vikings in round 4.
Nigel Bradham, OLB FSU Coryell Judie, CB Texas A&M.
Height: 6-0. Weight: 194.
40 Time: 4.44. 10-Yd Split: 1.51.
Vertical: 37. Broad: 10-6.
Arm: 30 1/4.
Projected Round (2012): 4-5.
3/5/12: A player who needed a solid showing at theCcombine and got it was Judie. He ran well in the 40-yard dash and checked in bigger than expected. If Judie's physicals and interviews went well then the Combine really helped his stock.
He has good size and decent speed. He could be solid in the Tampa 2 scheme.
5th. Duke Ihenacho, SS San Jose St.
6th. (from Cleveland) Nick Jean-Baptiste, NT Baylor
7th Carson Wiggs, K Purdue.
7th (from NE) Jordan White, WR Western Michigan.
Prospect notes from walterfootball.com. I also used cbssports.com and national football weekly for player rankings.
Thoughts? This is my favorite mock thus far.