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.
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2. Darius Slay CB, Mississippi State
Darius Slay performed well at the combine and from what I’ve heard, had a solid pro day. There has been talk of Slay possibly being drafted ahead of his former teammate, Johnathan Banks. Slay had a blazing forty time with 4.36. He is fast and has good size at 6 feet. Slay finished off a great senior season with 40 tackles, 6 passes broken up, and 5 interceptions and keep in mind, that is just 12 games.
3. Kiko Alonso ILB, Oregon
In this draft scenario, Kiko Alonso would likely start day 1 at middle linebacker for the Vikings. This pick ultimately came down to Bostic and Alonso, but I Alonso’s ability in coverage proved to be better and of course in the Tampa 2, the middle linebackers ability to cover is significant for the defense to strive. Alonso shows more than great coverage skills along with great coordination, speed, explosiveness, awareness, and plays with passion. He’s had off the field troubles and apparent "character concerns," which is a knock to him, but Alonso managed 81 tackles, 4 interceptions, 14 tackles for a loss, a sack, 2 passes broken up, and 2 forced fumbles. Alonso would be a good fit for the 4-3 and cover 2 defense.
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4. Aaron Dobson WR, Marshall
4. Tharold Simon CB, LSU
5. Brian Winters OG, Kent State
6. Jordan Rodgers QB, Vanderbilt
7. Stefphon Jefferson RB, Nevada
7. Jake Knott OLB, Iowa State
7. Trade for 2014 6th round pick