NFL Draft Day 1-
1. Sylvester Williams DT, North Carolina
Sylvester Williams can rush the passer and stop the run. Williams managed 42 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, and 6 sacks. Williams actually sacked the quarterback 5 times in the first half of the season. Williams performed well at the combine and at 6-3 and 313 pounds with a 5.03 forty time, he proved he has size and speed and at the senior bowl, was even asked to participate in linebacker drills. Adding on to that, Williams was impressive at the Senior Bowl. Not to mention, the pick would ironically bring back the beloved “Williams Wall.”
1. DeAndre Hopkins WR, Clemson
Hopkins had an excellent season and stepped into a more dominant role. He’ll be drafted to finally be molded into a Vikings No. 1 receiver. Hopkins had 1,405 on the season with 82 receptions and 18 touchdowns. He was phenomenal in the bowl game against LSU, where he was battling with pro-caliber defensive backs, totaling 191 yards and 13 catches. Watching Hopkins play is exciting. Hopkins runs good routes and shows good deep speed. In addition, ran a 4.41 forty. He is fast, quick, uses his feet, strength, and his hands to make enormous plays.
Draft Day 2-
2. Kevin Minter ILB, LSU
Kevin Minter had a terrific junior year and is a terrific prospect. He is a tackling machine. Minter was a playmaker and consistent force for the LSU defense racking up 130 tackles, 15 for a loss, 4 sacks, a forced fumble, 5 passes broken up, and a pass intercepted. Kevin Minter is a physical linebacker and an excellent tackler. Minter shines in both the run game and pass coverage and is a great blitzer. He will be a great fit for the Vikings’ 4-3 defense.
3. Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB, Connecticut
I almost had Trufant at 23 in the first round, but with the Browns, Dolphins, Buccaneers, and maybe even the Titans needy for a corner, its a possibility that Trufant may not even make it to the Viking’s first pick. There are also questions surrounding whether Trufant can be pushed into different schemes and I think the Vikings may be looking for a cornerback that can play best in a zone scheme. Wilson has good size and speed to be a productive corner in the NFL. In all his years at UCONN, he has consistently produced good numbers since he was a sophomore. Wilson had 46 tackles this year, 9 passes batted away, and an interception. The Vikings have met with Wilson, so I’d assume they have interest in him to some extent. Many of Wilson’s weaknesses are coachable as well.
Draft Day 3-
4. Aaron Dobson WR, Marshall
4. Tharold Simon CB, LSU
5. Brian Winters OG, Kent State
6. Brad Wing P, LSU
7. Stefphon Jefferson RB, Nevada
7. Jake Knott OLB, Iowa State
7. Sean Renfree QB, Duke
What the Vikings will probably do... 1. Sylvester Williams DT 1. Manti Teo LB 2. Robert Woods 3. Blidi Wreh-Wilson 4. Random Arkansas Player with Injury History 4, Random Arkansas Player that WILL get injured before Preseason 5. BPA 6. Punter who had a bad season 7. BPA 7. BPA 7. BPA
What the "experts" will mock... 1. Datone Jones DE 1. Keenan Allen WR 2. Eddie Lacy RB 3. WR 4. WR 4. DE 5. DE 6. WR 7. WR 7. DE 7. WR