Please let me explain.
For the next two years, the Vikings are going to be playing at TCF bank stadium, and let's face it-it's going to be awful to play in. Here is my idea: What if the Vikings were to draft defense and offensive line for the next two years and get a QBOTF in 2016? Whoever is going to get drafted by the Vikings, whether it be Carr, or Manziel, or Sam Ponder, is going to get beat up playing on the TCF playing field, which is basically concrete when it's frozen. I know the Vikings need a QBOTF, but would it be better to build a terrifying defense and formidable O-line so the eventual answer can ease in seamlessly?
This Mock draft assumes the Vikings are picking at #4. In it, the Pittsburgh Steelers decide to trade up for the rights to Jadevon Clowney, who everyone knows will be the greatest player of all time. (Sorry, I can't seem to figure out how to use sarcasm font.) In it, the Steelers give us their 1st round pick and 2nd round pick.
1. Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
2(a) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
2(b) David Yankey, G, Stanford
3(a) Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
3(b) Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
4 Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
5 De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
6 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
7 Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska
So in one year, the Vikings have a much improved defense (coupling this with Smith coming back and Mauti hopefully returning to form), O-line help, and a speedy 3rd down option at running back, as well as a project QB to develop behind a veteran.
So...questions, comments concerns? What do you guys think? Should we exclusively draft defense knowing that TCF field is going to be absolutely horrible? Or should whoever replaces the staff next year get their QBOTF immediately to mold? Thanks!