With the draft less than 2 weeks away, I figured I'd give a 7-round mock draft a try. This is my first try at a 7-round mock so please be gentle while tearing it to shreds. I'm interested in your thoughts both about the players chosen and the order in which positions are addressed.
Round -- Pick -- Player -- Position
1-3. Matt Kalil - OT
If the Vikings don't trade the third pick, Kalil is the "best player available" and he addresses a glaring need for the team.
2-35. Brandon Thompson - DT
Thompson would be a disruptive force in the middle of the defensive line that would allow Guion/Evans to play the backup/rotational roles to which they are better suited.
3-66. Trumaine Johnson - CB
Johnson is a big-bodied cornerback who provides positional flexibility. If he's not able to transition successfully to play corner, he may be able to move to free safety.
4-98. Antonio Allen - SS
Allen is another player who provides positional flexibility. He is strong in run support and has experience covering inside receivers in college.
4-128. Sean Spence - OLB
Spence is an athletic linebacker who reads plays very quickly. He's a sideline to sideline defender who would upgrade the playmaking ability of our linebacking corps.
My hope is that Childs falls to us because I think he has the potential to develop into a bonafide #1 WR. If he's already off the board, Streeter is an intriguing prospect because of his size and speed.
5-138. Andrew Datko - OT
Datko was Ponder's blindside protector in college. He could be a developmental prospect to replace Loadholdt.
6-175. Chris Rainey - RB/WR
Rainey has speed to burn. He would provide a great change of pace on third down and would be a great option in the return game.
Steed and Brooks are strong competitors who could surprise by stealing a roster spot.
7-223. Blair Walsh - K
Longwell is old. Walsh would be a solid replacement.