This mock is not my prediction for what the Vikings Front Office will do. This is what I would if I was running the show for the Vikings. My theory is the teams that maintain long-term success in the NFL possess either an elite, top-tier QB or an elite defense. Since Christian Ponder is not a top-tier, NFL quarterback, my plan is for the Vikings to focus their resources on building a top-tier NFL defense. MVPeterson is and should continue to be the focal point of the Vikings offense and he only requires Gatorade, Nike, and occasional hardware updates to carry the team. The Greg Jennings signing, Jerome Simpson resigning, the return of Kyle Rudolph and Jarius Wright, Joe Webb possibly moving back to WR, and Greg Childs eventually coming back from injury reduce the need for the Vikings to spend an early draft pick on a receiver. Increasing our team speed and talent on defense is a must if the Vikings hope to compete in the NFC North and to win a Superbowl in the near future.
Please dissect my theory and my mock and let me know what you think. All constructive criticism is welcomed as I'm always eager to hear what other Vikings fans would do during build the team in the draft. My mock includes a trade with Buffalo in which we trade Buffalo our #25 and #229 picks for Buffalo's #41 and #71 so Buffalo can move up to grab their QBOTF.
23. Datone Jones DE/DT UCLA rSr 6-4 283 - Jones is a powerful pass rusher whose body type and athleticism reminds me of Henry Melton when he came into the league. Jones would immediately improve our inside pass rush which is key in our pass-happy division.
41. Jonathan Banks CB Mississippi State Sr 6-2 185 - Banks is a big body cornerback to match up with the Megatrons, Packers, and Wife Beaters who line up at WR in our division. Banks is also good against the run which is a must for corners in our scheme.
52. Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers rSr 6-1 240 - Greene is a reliable tackler with good ball skills due to his time playing safety. Greene could immediately step in at weakside LB allowing Henderson to move inside while our long-term answer at MLB develops. This move immediately increase the athleticism of our LB corp.
71. Aaron Dobson WR Marshall Sr 6-3 210 - Big, fast receiver from Marshall who compares favorably with Sidney Rice. Dobson has a big catching radius and could develop into the deep threat we've been missing.
83. Brandon Williams DT Missouri Southern State rSr 6-2 341 - Williams is a space-eating DIII defensive tackle who was very productive in college and had a strong week at the Senior Bowl. Williams showed a knack for getting to the QB in college and should develop into a solid contributor on the Viking D-line.
102. B.W. Webb CB William & Mary rSr 5-10 184 - Slot corner with technique and speed to hold up in man coverage. Strong in run support in spite of size concerns.
120. AJ Klein LB Iowa State Sr 6-1 250 - I know this is later than most people would address MLB, but drafting Greene earlier allows the Vikings to bump Erin Henderson inside. This would give Klein time learn the position before transitioning into the role of starter. Klein is a smart football player with deceptive athleticism who does well in run support and in zone coverage.
155. Tavarres King WR Georgia rSr 6-3 189 - Sleeper pick. Polished route runner and fluid athlete. He was impressive during Senior Bowl week and was productive during his career at Georgia.
189. Kerwynn Williams RB Utah State Sr 5-08 190 - Change of pace back with upside in the return game.
213. Ray Ray Armstrong SS Miami rSr 6-3 227 - Impressive athlete with great upside who missed last season due to NCAA violations.
231. Marcus Davis WR Virginia Tech rSr 6-4 232 - Height, weight, speed prospect. Lacks consistency but could make an impact if can improve in-game concentration.