The Minnesota (for now) Vikings obviously have numerous needs on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Not many are more glaring than the need at the cornerback position. Cedric Griffin is gone, Antoine Winfield is presumably moving to the nickel spot, and while Chris Cook will be back (who knows whether or not that's a good thing) and we signed Chris Carr, I still believe we need one more guy to hold down the position.
One option is to take LSU's Morris Claiborne at #3. I am not in favor of this, as I believe LT is a bigger need moving forward with a young QB and a legendary running back. Another option is to trade down into the teens and take someone like Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina or Dre Kirkpatrick from Alabama. Again, I'm content with just staying at the third pick and selecting a potential franchise left tackle. If we don't do any trading up or down and our second selection is at 35, we could find ourselves looking at a Randy Moss/Percy Harvin situation again. And by that I am talking about North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins.
A little background on Jenkins: Jenkins is a 5'10" 193 pound CB that began his collegiate career at the University of Florida before multiple arrests in Gainesville resulted in him being released from the team. He transferred to Division II North Alabama so he could be eligible to play this year. He earned D2 2nd team All American this year. He can also be a dangerous punt returner.
What I'm hearing about Jenkins is that he's a top 20 talent with many red flags entering next week's draft. Of course, this hasn't stopped the Vikings from taking Randy Moss in 1998 and Percy Harvin in 2009. Those were risk picks that turned into steals. In mock drafts that I've seen, Jenkins has gone anywhere from 21 to Cincinnati (which would be a perfect fit) to late 2nd or early 3rd round. In other words, there is a strong chance that he could be available once the 35th pick rolls around on Friday evening. Do you think it is worth the risk to take him for a position of need?