We are already in April and im super excited that the draft is right around the corner. With that being said everyone is updating their mock drafts so i thought id take a stab.
RD 1: (3RD Overall) Matt Kalil- OT 6"6 (Of course the obvious pick but i stand behind the vikings fully with it, i think our line would be definitely improved with a line starting like this (left side to right) Geoff Schwartz, Matt Kalil, John Sullivan, Charlie Johnson or Brandon Fusco, and Phil Loadholt.
RD 2: (35th Overall) Harrison Smith- S 6"2 (with the vikings solidifying their corner back depth in free agency, the vikings are probably going to upgrade their safety depth with the 2nd round. Smith is a play maker that will start from day 1 and be a huge upgrade over our poor playing secondary.
RD 3: (66th Overall) Brian Quick- WR 6"5 (Finally we get a offensive play maker for Ponder. Quick will most likely battle for a starting spot in training camp and win. With his 6"5 220 pound frame he should be able to be someone who can stretch the field as well as being a red zone target
RD 4: (98th Overall) Dwight Bentley-CB 5"11 (Yes id rather see Casey Hayward here but from the sounds of it his draft grade will have him gone by the time we pick. He will be a backup trying to prove himself when giving the chances and could possibly be a really good pickup (only time will tell right?)
RD 4:(128th Overall) Kheeston Randall- DT 6"5 (People might not like taking a defensive tackle being taken this early on but we need someone to replace Kevin Williams whenever he leaves or retires. A defensive tackle lineup in the near future sometime of Kheeston Randall and Christian Ballard could be a decent group of defensive tackles.
RD 4:(134th Overall) Vontaze Burfict- ILB 6"3 (This will solidify the depth of our linebacker core. He could replace Erin Henderson if he Erin doesn't live up to expectations. 2011 stats: 69 tackles, 1 int, 5 sacks, 7 tackles for loss yards.
RD 5: (138th Overall) Matt Reynolds- OT 6"6 (This could be a future starter for the vikings, with a size of 6"6 and a 325 pound frame he could be a replacement for Loadholt if he doesn't do well this year (contract year). Looks 2 be a decent run blocker an pass blocker as he contributed for 5 games in which BYU pass and ran for over 200+ yards. And cant forget made a great block (made him loose his helmet) that set up for a touchdown pass in the Armed forces bowl.
RD 6: (175th Overall) Christian Thompson- S 6"1 (Don't know much about this guy but he would create depth for our weak safeties. Could be a future starter, if pans out well.
RD 7: (210th Overall) Randy Bullock-K 5"9 (Need a replacement kicker for when Longwell's time is up. Don't get me wrong Longwell is a great kicker and I've been a fan of his since he came to Minnesota but he cant afford 2 many seasons like his in 2011, but anyway hes getting up there in age and we are looking to go younger.
RD 7: (223rd Overall) Nelson Rosario- WR 6'5 ( I think we would take him here because of his height and it would create more depth for our receivers. Even though he might never be better then a 3rd or 4th receiver.
Thanks for reading! hope you enjoyed and feel free to leave me comments on what you think.