Which College Players Are Future Vikings? Week 9 Review and Week 10 Primer

Bob Levey

Week 9 of college football was back to normal with just a few upsets. South Carolina beat Missouri, Oklahoma beat Texas Tech, Duke beat Virginia Tech, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers beat Nebraska. The game of the week award goes to South Carolina vs Missouri.

There were some impressive performances this past week too.  David Fales threw for 482 yards and 5 TDs vs Wyoming.  Bishop Sankey ran for 241 yards on 27 carries adding 2 TDs.  Odell Beckham, Jr. caught 6 passes for 204 yards with 3 TDs.  Sammy Watkins caught 14 passes for 163 yards.  Allen Robinson caught 12 passes for 173 yards with 1 TD.

Here are some of the top draft eligible performers stats ...

Player Pos School Class Ht Wt | Att - Comp - TD - Int
Derek Carr QB Fresno State rSr 6-3 215 | 251 - 364 - 2574 - 25 - 4
Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Jr 6-3 220 | 179 - 243 - 2557 - 23 - 2
Tajh Boyd QB Clemson rSr 6-1 225 | 168 - 263 - 2243 - 17 - 5
Keith Price QB Washington rSr 6-1 202 | 169 - 263 - 2169 - 16 - 4
Aaron Murray QB Georgia rSr 6-1 208 | 139 - 224 - 1938 - 17 - 6
Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M rSo 5-11 210 | 184 - 252 - 2594 - 22 - 8
Marcus Mariota QB Oregon rSo 6-3 214 | 144 - 225 - 2281 - 20 - 0
Brett Hundley QB UCLA rSo 6-3 227 | 146 - 218 - 1725 - 14 - 8
David Fales QB San Jose State Sr 6-2 220 | 163 - 265 - 2425 - 17 - 8
Zach Mettenberger QB LSU rSr 6-5 235 | 151 - 231 - 2492 - 19 - 7
A.J. McCarron QB Alabama rSr 6-3 214 | 145 - 209 - 1862 - 16 - 3
Corey Robinson QB Troy rSr 6-1 210 | 188 - 267 - 2195 - 16 - 8
Brett Smith QB Wyoming Jr 6-3 208 | 203 - 320 - 2367 - 19 - 7
Sean Mannion QB Oregon State rJr 6-4 215 | 270 - 391 - 3263 - 30 - 3
Jordan Lynch  QB  Northern Illinois  rSr  6-0  216 | 154 - 245 - 1711 - 18 - 5

Player Pos School Class Ht Wt | Att - Yards - TD

Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor rJr 5-9 210 | 96 - 869 - 11
De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon Jr 5-9 178 | 52 - 369 - 7
Bishop Sankey RB Washington Jr 5-10 200 | 199 - 1162 - 12
James White RB Wisconsin Sr 5-10 198 | 108 - 672 - 7
Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona Jr 5-10 198 | 156 - 920 - 10
Roderick McDowell RB Clemson rSr 5-9 195 | 119 - 607 - 2
Rajion Neal RB Tennessee Sr 5-11 212 | 145 - 763 - 9
Kasey Carrier RB New Mexico rSr 5-8 185 | 146 - 858 - 9
David Fluellen RB Toledo Sr 6-0 215 | 152 - 1067 - 10
Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin rSo 6-1 203 | 107 - 1012 - 11
Antonio Andrews RB Western Kentucky Sr 5-11 212 | 180 - 1180 - 11
Ben Malena RB Texas A&M Sr 5-8 198 | 85 - 411 - 8
Andre Williams  RB  Boston College  Sr  6-0  227 | 183 - 1010 - 8
Marcus Mariota QB Oregon rSo 6-3 214 | 56 - 511 - 9
Brett Smith QB Wyoming Jr 6-3 208 | 77 - 429 - 3
Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M rSo 5-11 210 | 89 - 497 - 6
Jordan Lynch  QB  Northern Illinois  rSr  6-0  216 | 156 - 1031 - 8

Player Pos School Class Ht Wt | Rec - Yards - TD
Marqise Lee WR Southern California Jr 6-0 195 | 32 - 403 - 1
Mike Evans WR Texas A&M rSo 6-5 225 | 48 - 1101 - 11
Sammy Watkins WR Clemson Jr 6-1 205 | 58 - 813 - 5
Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers rJr 6-5 220 | 20 - 286 - 2
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt Sr 6-3 205 | 66 - 890 - 5
Allen Robinson WR Penn State Jr 6-3 205 | 55 - 878 - 6
*Paul Richardson WR Colorado rJr 6-1 176 | 50 - 914 - 7
Devin Street WR Pittsburgh rSr 6-3 192 | 35 - 645 - 4
Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin rSr 6-1 188 | 43 - 752 - 5
TJ Jones WR Notre Dame Sr 6-0 195 | 44 - 631 - 6
Eric Ward WR Texas Tech rSr 5-11 206 | 46 - 541 - 5
Robert Herron WR Wyoming Sr 5-9 187 | 42 - 670 - 4
Mike Davis WR Texas Sr 6-2 195 | 29 - 381 - 5
Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma Sr 5-9 164 | 35 - 431 - 5
DeVante Parker WR Louisville Jr 6-2 209 | 27 - 457 - 7
Ryan Grant WR Tulane rSr 6-0 192 | 53 - 700 - 7
Tevin Reese WR Baylor rSr 5-10 172 | 33 - 824 - 8
Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss Jr 6-2 226 | 34 - 498 - 4
Brandon Cooks WR Oregon St Jr 5-10 186 | 85 - 1256 - 13
Odell Beckham Jr.  WR  LSU  Jr  5-11  193 | 48 - 1009 - 8
Jarvis Landry  WR  LSU  Jr  6-0  195 | 58 - 882 - 8
Rashad Greene  WR  Florida State  Jr  6-0  180 | 39 - 690 - 8
L'Damian Washington  WR  Missouri  rSr  6-4  205 | 33 - 635 - 8
Jace Amaro  TE  Texas Tech  Jr  6-5  260 | 64 - 861 - 3
Eric Ebron  TE  North Carolina  Jr  6-4  245 | 35 - 599 - 3

Player Pos School Class Ht Wt | Solo - Assisted - TFL - Sacks - PBU - FF - INT
C.J. Mosley OLB Alabama Sr 6-2 232 | 30 - 29 - 5.5 - 0 - 3 - 0 - 0
Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo rSr 6-3 248 | 32 - 22 - 11.0 - 7.0 - 4 - 1 - 3
Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State Jr 6-2 226 | 44 - 22 - 9.0 - 2 .0 - 1 - 2 - 0
Kyle Van Noy OLB Brigham Young rSr 6-3 235 | 26 - 22 - 10.5 - 4.0 - 6 - 0 - 1
*Jordan Hicks OLB Texas rJr 6-2 235 | 19 - 16 - 2.5 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
Jonathan Brown OLB Illinois Sr 6-1 235 | 35 - 41 - 8.0 - 2.5 - 1 - 1 - 0
Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College Sr 6-1 218 | 36 - 29 - 5.5 - 2.0 - 1 - 0 - 0
Christian Jones OLB Florida State Sr 6-3 232 | 20 - 13 - 4.5 - 2.0 - 0 - 0 - 0

Player Pos School Class Ht Wt | Solo - Assisted - TFL - Sacks - PBU - FF - INT
A.J. Johnson ILB Tennessee Jr 6-2 240 | 33 - 32 - 4.5 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0
Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut rJr 6-2 244 | 27 - 52 - 4.5 - 1.0 - 3 - 1 - 0
Shayne Skov ILB Stanford rSr 6-2 245 | 32 - 31 - 7.0 - 3.5 - 2 - 0 - 0
*Andrew Jackson ILB Western Kentucky rJr 6-0 258 | 35 - 24 - 4.5 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0
Lamin Barrow ILB LSU rSr 6-1 232 | 15 - 49 - 3.0 - 1.5 - 2 - 0 - 0
Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin rSr 5-11 248 | 35 - 22 - 3.0 - 2.0 - 2 - 0 - 0
Max Bullough ILB Michigan State Sr 6-3 245 | 13 - 34 - 6.5 - 1.0 - 2 - 1 - 0
Greg Blair ILB Cincinnati rSr 6-1 252 | 22 - 24 - 4.5 - 1.0 - 2 - 1 - 0
DeDe Lattimore ILB South Florida rSr 6-0 236 | 38 - 22 - 5.0 - 2.0 - 3 - 2 - 1
Xavius Boyd  OLB  Western Kentucky  Sr  6-1  242 | 45 - 28 - 12.5 - 6.5 - 1 - 1 - 0

Player Pos School Class Ht Wt | Solo - Assisted - TFL - Sacks - PBU - FF - INT
Louis Nix DT Notre Dame rJr 6-2 352 | 9 - 13 - 2.0 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0
Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota rSr 6-6 312 | 16 - 11 - 8.5 - 2.0 - 6 - 0 - 1
Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State Jr 6-2 298 | 12 - 9 - 5.0 - 2.0 - 0 - 0 - 0
DaQuan Jones DT Penn State Sr 6-3 333 | 24 - 16 - 8.5 - 2.0 - 0 - 0 - 0
Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State rSr 6-1 328 | 25 - 29 - 5.0 - 3.5 - 0 - 0 - 0
Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut rSr 6-5 323 | 14 - 31 - 5.0 - 1.0 - 0 - 0 - 0

Player Pos School Class Ht Wt | Solo - Assisted - TFL - Sacks - PD - PBU - FF - INT
Bradley Roby CB Ohio State rJr 5-11 192 | 29 - 8 - 1.0 - 0 - 8 - 8 - 0 - 2
Keith McGill CB Utah rSr 6-2 205 | 20 - 4 - 0 - 0 - 8 - 8 - 0 - 1
Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Sr 6-0 190 | 17 - 7 - 2.0 - 0 - 12 - 10 - 1 - 2
Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State Sr 5-11 192 | 22 - 11 - 0 - 0 - 10 - 9 - 0 - 3
Jason Verrett CB TCU Sr 5-10 178 | 26 - 7 - 3.5 - 1.0 - 12 - 11 - 0 - 2
Ciante Evans CB Nebraska Sr 5-10 190 | 14 - 5 - 2.0 - 1.0 - 7 - 4 - 1 - 3
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska Sr 6-2 214 | 12 - 9 - 1.5 - 0 - 10 - 6 - 0 - 4
Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State Sr 5-11 197 | 15 - 18 - 2.0 - 0 - 9 - 7 - 0 - 2

Player Pos School Class Ht Wt | Solo - Assisted - TFL - Sacks - PD - PBU - FF - INT
Lamarcus Joyner FS Florida State Sr 5-8 195 | 27 - 10 - 4.0 - 3.0 - 1 - 3 - 3 - 1
Deone Bucannon FS Washington State Sr 6-1 198 | 47 - 26 - 3.5 - 0 - 0 - 5 - 1 - 4
Dion Bailey SS Southern California rJr 6-0 210 | 24 - 11 - 2.5 - 0.5 - 5 - 4 - 0 - 2
Kenny Ladler FS Vanderbilt Sr 6-0 205 | 46 - 22 - 1.0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 4 - 2

Now let's look at some upcoming games for week 8


USC at Oregon State   Friday, November 1 @ 9:00 PM
Marqise Lee  WR  Southern California  Jr  6-0  195
Morgan Breslin  OLB  Southern California  Sr  6-1  250
Dion Bailey  FS  Southern California  rJr  6-0  200
George Uko  DE  Southern California  rJr  6-3  275
Xavier Grimble  TE  Southern California  rJr  6-5  250
Silas Redd  RB  Southern California  Sr  5-9  200
Devon Kennard  OLB  Southern California  rSr  6-3  255
Kevin Graf  OT  Southern California  rSr  6-6  295
Demetrius Wright  FS  Southern California  Sr  6-1  195
Torin Harris  CB  Southern California  rSr  6-0  190
John Martinez  OG  Southern California  rSr  6-2  310
Kevin Greene  OLB  Southern California  rSr  6-3  255
De'Von Flournoy  WR  Southern California  rSr  6-0  185
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Brandin Cooks  WR  Oregon State  Jr  5-10  186
Scott Crichton  DE  Oregon State  rJr  6-3  265
Rashaad Reynolds  CB  Oregon State  rSr  5-10  187
Sean Martin  CB  Oregon State  rSr  5-11  190
Michael Philipp  OT  Oregon State  rSr  6-3  328
Grant Enger  OG  Oregon State  rSr  6-5  291
Michael Doctor  OLB  Oregon State  Sr  5-11  226
Cody Vaz  QB  Oregon State  rSr  6-1  199
Kevin Cummings  WR  Oregon State  Sr  6-1  184

No. 24 Wisconsin at Iowa   Saturday, November 2 @ 12:00 PM
Melvin Gordon  RB  Wisconsin  rSo  6-1  207
Jared Abbrederis  WR  Wisconsin  rSr  6-1  190
Chris Borland  ILB  Wisconsin  rSr  5-11  246
James White  RB  Wisconsin  Sr  5-10  195
Ryan Groy  OG  Wisconsin  rSr  6-5  320
Jacob Pedersen  TE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-4  240
Beau Allen  DT  Wisconsin  Sr  6-3  325
Dezmen Southward  SS  Wisconsin  rSr  6-1  210
Ethan Armstrong  OLB  Wisconsin  rSr  6-2  225
Brian Wozniak  TE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-4  255
Brendan Kelly  OLB  Wisconsin  rSr  6-6  255
Pat Muldoon  DE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-3  269
Brock DeCicco  TE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-5  250
Ethan Hemer  DE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-6  285
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C.J. Fiedorowicz  TE  Iowa  Sr  6-6  265
Christian Kirksey  OLB  Iowa  Sr  6-2  235
James Morris  ILB  Iowa  Sr  6-1  240
Anthony Hitchens  OLB  Iowa  Sr  6-0  233
B.J. Lowery  CB  Iowa  Sr  5-10  193
Tanner Miller  FS  Iowa  Sr  6-1  207
Mike Meyer  K  Iowa  Sr  6-2  190
Brett Van Sloten  OT  Iowa  rSr  6-6  300

Mississippi State at No. 14 South Carolina   Saturday, November 2 @ 12:21 PM
Chris Schaudt  DE  Minnesota State  Sr  6-3  270
Gabe Jackson  OG  Mississippi State  rSr  6-3  340
LaDarius Perkins  RB  Mississippi State  rSr  5-9  195
Nickoe Whitley  FS  Mississippi State  rSr  6-0  205
Tyler Russell  QB  Mississippi State  rSr  6-4  220
Baker Swedenburg  P  Mississippi State  Sr  6-0  205
Denico Autry  DE  Mississippi State  Sr  6-4  265
Deontae Skinner  OLB  Mississippi State  rSr  6-1  250
Charles Siddoway  OT  Mississippi State  Sr  6-6  300
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Jadeveon Clowney  DE  South Carolina  Jr  6-5  274
Chaz Sutton  DE  South Carolina  rSr  6-4  263
Jimmy Legree  CB  South Carolina  rSr  5-11  187
Connor Shaw  QB  South Carolina  Sr  6-1  209
Ronald Patrick  OG  South Carolina  Sr  6-2  315

No. 21 Michigan at No. 22 Michigan State   Saturday, November 2 @ 3:30 PM
Taylor Lewan  OT  Michigan  rSr  6-7  315
Jeremy Gallon  WR  Michigan  rSr  5-8  184
Michael Schofield  OT  Michigan  rSr  6-6  304
Quinton Washington  DT  Michigan  rSr  6-3  301
Fitzgerald Toussaint  RB  Michigan  rSr  5-10  200
Brendan Gibbons  K  Michigan  rSr  6-1  240
Jeremy Jackson  WR  Michigan  Sr  6-2  209
Thomas Gordon  SS  Michigan  rSr  5-11  210
Cameron Gordon  OLB  Michigan  rSr  6-3  237
Drew Dileo  WR  Michigan  Sr  5-10  180
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Darqueze Dennard  CB  Michigan State  Sr  5-11  197
Max Bullough  ILB  Michigan State  Sr  6-3  245
Denicos Allen  OLB  Michigan State  rSr  5-11  218
Isaiah Lewis  SS  Michigan State  Sr  5-10  208
Fou Fonoti  OT  Michigan State  rSr  6-4  298
Bennie Fowler  WR  Michigan State  rSr  6-1  212
Blake Treadwell  OG  Michigan State  rSr  6-3  304
Tyler Hoover  DT  Michigan State  rSr  6-7  290

Tennessee at No. 9 Missouri   Saturday, November 2 @ 7:00 PM
Antonio Richardson  OT  Tennessee  Jr  6-6  327
A.J. Johnson  ILB  Tennessee  Jr  6-2  243
Daniel McCullers  DT  Tennessee  Sr  6-6  351
JaWuan James  OT  Tennessee  Sr  6-6  318
James Stone  C  Tennessee  Sr  6-3  292
Rajion Neal  RB  Tennessee  Sr  5-11  212
Zach Fulton  OG  Tennessee  Sr  6-5  323
Corey Miller  DE  Tennessee  Sr  6-3  265
Dontavis Sapp  OLB  Tennessee  Sr  6-2  227
Maurice Couch  DT  Tennessee  rSr  6-1  304
Jacques Smith  DE  Tennessee  Sr  6-2  243
Alex Bullard  OG  Tennessee  rSr  6-2  302
Byron Moore  FS  Tennessee  rSr  6-0  208
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Michael Sam  DE  Missouri  rSr  6-2  255
E.J. Gaines  CB  Missouri  Sr  5-10  195
Kony Ealy  DE  Missouri  rJr  6-5  275
L'Damian Washington  WR  Missouri  rSr  6-4  205
Eric Waters  TE  Missouri  Sr  6-4  245
Marcus Lucas  WR  Missouri  Sr  6-4  220
Justin Britt  OT  Missouri  rSr  6-6  315
James Franklin  QB  Missouri  Sr  6-2  230
Andrew Wilson  ILB  Missouri  rSr  6-3  240
Jaleel Clark  WR  Missouri  rSr  6-3  220
Matt White  FS  Missouri  rSr  6-0  195
Randy Ponder  CB  Missouri  rSr  5-9  195

No. 18 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Texas Tech   Saturday, November 2 @ 7:00 PM
Justin Gilbert  CB  Oklahoma State  Sr  6-0  200
Calvin Barnett  DT  Oklahoma State  Sr  6-2  300
Tracy Moore  WR  Oklahoma State  rSr  6-1  215
Daytawion Lowe  FS  Oklahoma State  rSr  5-11  205
Shaun Lewis  OLB  Oklahoma State  Sr  5-11  225
Shamiel Gary  SS  Oklahoma State  rSr  6-0  210
Jeremy Smith  RB  Oklahoma State  rSr  5-10  208
Andrew Suter  LS  Oklahoma State  Sr  6-2  268
Parker Graham  OT  Oklahoma State  rSr  6-7  315
Blake Jackson  TE  Oklahoma State  Sr  6-3  235
Caleb Lavey  ILB  Oklahoma State  Sr  6-2  235
Tyler Patmon  CB  Oklahoma State  rSr  5-10  190
Kye Staley  FB  Oklahoma State  rSr  5-10  236
Charlie Moore  WR  Oklahoma State  Sr  6-2  202
Brandon Webb  OG  Oklahoma State  rSr  6-3  326
Clint Chelf  QB  Oklahoma State  rSr  6-1  210
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Jace Amaro  TE  Texas Tech  Jr  6-5  260
Eric Ward  WR  Texas Tech  rSr  5-11  205
Terrance Bullitt  OLB  Texas Tech  rSr  6-2  220
Tre Porter  FS  Texas Tech  Sr  5-11  205
Kerry Hyder  DE  Texas Tech  rSr  6-2  280
Will Smith  OLB  Texas Tech  Sr  6-2  220

No. 7 Miami (FL) at No. 3 Florida State   Saturday, November 2 @ 8:00 PM
Seantrel Henderson  OT  Miami (Fla.)  Sr  6-7  345
Stephen Morris  QB  Miami (Fla.)  Sr  6-2  218
Denzel Perryman  OLB  Miami (Fla.)  Jr  6-0  240
Pat O'Donnell  P  Miami (Fla.)  rSr  6-4  220
Allen Hurns  WR  Miami (Fla.)  Sr  6-2  195
Brandon Linder  OG  Miami (Fla.)  Sr  6-6  319
Asante Cleveland  TE  Miami (Fla.)  Sr  6-5  260
Maurice Hagens  FB  Miami (Fla.)  Sr  5-11  250
Luther Robinson  DT  Miami (Fla.)  rSr  6-3  296
David Gilbert  DE  Miami (Fla.)  rSr  6-4  254
AJ Highsmith  FS  Miami (Fla.)  rSr  6-0  208
Jared Wheeler  C  Miami (Fla.)  rSr  6-5  319
Curtis Porter  DT  Miami (Fla.)  rSr  6-1  325
James Gaines  ILB  Miami (Fla.)  Sr  6-2  240
Shayon Green  DE  Miami (Fla.)  rSr  6-2  264
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Cameron Erving  OT  Florida State  rJr  6-5  320
Lamarcus Joyner  FS  Florida State  Sr  5-8  190
Christian Jones  ILB  Florida State  Sr  6-3  232
Timmy Jernigan  DT  Florida State  Jr  6-2  298
James Wilder Jr.  RB  Florida State  Jr  6-1  229
Terrence Brooks  FS  Florida State  Sr  5-11  200
Bryan Stork  C  Florida State  rSr  6-4  300
Telvin Smith  OLB  Florida State  Sr  6-2  218
Rashad Greene  WR  Florida State  Jr  6-0  180
Chad Abram  FB  Florida State  Sr  5-11  230
Demonte McAllister  DT  Florida State  rSr  6-2  290
Kenny Shaw  WR  Florida State  Sr  5-11  170
Jacobbi McDaniel  DT  Florida State  rSr  6-0  295
Dan Hicks  OLB  Florida State  rSr  6-4  260
Gerald Demps  FS  Florida State  rSr  5-10  200


I will base my mock off the record each week. After last week the team is 1-6 and now in the #3 spot.

Ponder got the start last week and pretty much looked like the same player.  Many will say it was not his fault they lost and this is true.  But it is also not his fault they won.  This is a bad experiment that I do not think is going to have a happy ending.  And I like happy endings!

The team also did not make any moves this week either to get MOAR draft picks.  Oh well.  I will just have to come up with my own as I am wont to do.  :)

So there are no player trades this week. 

3. Johnny Manziel  QB  Texas A&M  rSo  5-11  210

Considering the QB situation with the Vikings, it is clear that we need some help.  We do not know what Freeman is going to show or if he will even want to stay here next year.  He could easily leave and go to another team that needs a QB.  You never know if he may want to try out a situation on another team.  Maybe Arizona makes him an offer?  It is nice and warm there.  Maybe Oakland makes him an offer?  Doubtful.  The Vikings still have AP though which could help to sway him.  Of course he could stink it up and then we are really in trouble.

So right now I am down to two QBs in the first round.   Manziel and Mariota.  If they both come out it will be tough.  Maybe I go with Mariota because of his size?  But I like Manziel because he just gets it done.  When you do what he did to Alabama after Nick Saban had all summer to game plan for him then you know he can play.  Also, I think Manziel is more likely to come out then Mariota.  If Mariota comes out then the debates will be endless.

I also considered Anthony Barr here but I am not sure of his position.  Will he play as a 4-3 DE?  He needs to gain about 20 lbs provided that he weighs 244 now.  Will he play WLB or even MLB?  It is tough to pick a player this high when you are not sure of his position.  Heck we may even have a whole new defensive system next year if they get a new coach.

35. Trent Murphy  DE  Stanford  rSr  6-6  261

I expect the Vikings will lose Allen in free agency and I do not think they will go after a Michael Johnson or Greg Hardy to replace him.  I expect they will try to sign Everson Griffen to be the DE to replace Allen.  Murphy will be an excellent backup for both DE spots and can take over for Robison in a couple of years.  Spotrac does not have Robison's new deal up yet but it was a 4 year 28 mil deal with 13.15 guaranteed.  That sounds like it will not be too much of a cap hit if they decided to let him go after two years.  I am not saying they will but I think the contract is most likely designed to give them the option.  He does turn 31 next April.

67. Yawin Smallwood  ILB  Connecticut  rJr  6-2  244


I think the Vikings need a new ILB.  I do not know if Mauti or Hodges will be the answer and I think Greenway could be asked to take a pay cut during this next off season.  He will be 31 next year and has an 8.2 mil cap hit followed by an 8.8 mil cap hit in 2015.  I think the team may want to try and adjust those years.  They still need to start preparing for his eventual departure.  I do not know what will happen with Erin H although he is not playing bad at all.  Not great but not horrible either.  Smallwood may be able to play OLB as well.  The point is that they need to add some LBs a bit earlier in the draft.

94. DaQuan Jones  DT  Penn State  Sr  6-3  318

I still like Jones and am hoping he lasts this long.  Realistically he probably does not.  I also hope the Vikings are active in free agency and will try to land one solid DT.   Henry Melton, Lamarr Houston, and Linval Joseph are 3 players I would want to see them target.

99. Jack Mewhort  OT  Ohio State  rSr  6-6  308

I keep coming back to Mewhort.  He has played 5 games at right guard and 8 games at left guard in 2011 before playing all 12 games at left tackle in 2012 and all the games this year too.  I see him as a guard for the Vikings at the start of his career and then possibly moving out to right tackle once the Vikings decide to part ways with Loadholt.  Even if they do not do that, Mewhort has the versatility to slide to either tackle spot if there is an unfortunate injury. 

131. Telvin Smith  OLB  Florida State  Sr  6-2  218

I think Smith is the kind of LB the Vikings need to look at more.  A bit undersized but can cover.  Smith may put on 7 to 10 lbs too which should be good enough.  Worse case scenario is he can be part of a nickel or dime package.

163. Carlos Hyde  RB  Ohio State  rSr  6-0  235

The Vikings will have to replace Toby and Hyde can run , catch, and block.  He is not a change of pace type back but he can carry the load if needed.

195. Spencer Long  OG  Nebraska  rSr  6-4  315

I think picking up Long late could be a steal.  He hurt his knee on COt 12th vs Purdue and needs to have surgery.  He likely will not even be ready to go by training camp.  Long made 2nd team All American in 2012.  The Vikings need guards and this guy could be good once he recovers.  I thought about trying to get him as an UDFA but he is too good to take a risk.

UDFA
DeDe Lattimore  ILB  South Florida  rSr  6-0  237
John Urschel  OG  Penn State  rSr  6-3  301
Shaquelle Evans  WR  UCLA  rSr  6-1  204
Ted Bolser  TE  Indiana  rSr  6-6  252
Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State Sr 6-2 250
Noel Grigsby  WR  San Jose State  rSr  5-10  175
Antwan Lowery  OG  Rutgers  rSr  6-4  310
Jimmy Legree  CB  South Carolina  rSr  5-11  187
David Fluellen RB Toledo Sr 6-0 215
Xavius Boyd  OLB  Western Kentucky  Sr  6-1  242
Trevor Gillette  LS  Rice  Sr  6-3  240
Wade Keliikipi  DT  Oregon  rSr  6-3  306
Trey Burton  WR  Florida  Sr  6-2  225


Here is another mock ...

4. Jake Matthews  OT  Texas A&M  Sr  6-5  305
36. Kyle Van Noy  OLB  Brigham Young  rSr  6-3  235
68. Justin Gilbert  CB  Oklahoma State  Sr  6-0  200
94. Shayne Skov  ILB  Stanford  rSr  6-2  245
100. Scott Crichton  DE  Oregon State  rJr  6-3  265
132. Rashad Greene  WR  Florida State  Jr  6-0  180
164. Bene Benwikere  CB  San Jose State  Sr  5-11  192
196. Shamar Stephen  DT  Connecticut  rSr  6-5  313

I do like the idea of picking Jake Matthews at #3.  I think he can slide inside for a year or two (max) and then play tackle.  If the Vikings are drafting that high and there are no QBs and Clowney is gone too, then Matthews presents excellent value.

Well, there you have it. Enjoy the games!

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