My premise for this mock draft is that we are what we are. We are a running football team that also stuffs the run. This draft is also predicated on the assumption that we will be signing back the most awesome cornerback in recent Viking history to a two year deal next week. That being said, let the drafting begin.
Round 1, pick 23: Sylvester Williams, DT
Sly can play either DT position, but is best used in the 3 technique, because of his excellent first step. He is a great story and will make a great rotational player with Kevin Williams for the next couple seasons since he will provide that middle of the pocket push that we were missing last season.
Round 1, pick 25: Manti Teo, ILB
Regardless of what the media has tried to do to bring down Teo, he is still a 4 year starter off an exceptional ND football defense. He also brings leadership qualities that our team will need in a few years with our biggest leaders nearing the ends of their careers.
Round 2, pick 52: Justin Hunter, WR
Justin Hunter is my pick here unless Robert Woods happened to fall to us, which I doubt he would. Hunter would have racked up some seriously gaudy stats last season in TN if Cordarrelle Patterson wouldn’t have transferred in. He has the size and leaping ability to make him a great receiver at the next level.
Round 3, pick 83: Brandon Williams, DT
The Williams Wall, part Deux. This small school prospect is anything but small and would finally give us a 1 technique DT to stuff the run that will move us back into being a top 5 run stuffing defense. Hopefully his excellent showing at the Senior Bowl won’t cause him to already be gone by here.
Round 4, pick 102: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB
Finally got around to CB, but again this is a deep draft for CB’s, so I wasn’t in a huge hurry and assuming to have Winfield back allowed for some patience here. Wreh-Wilson is a big corner with decent speed and a nice vertical jump. He is more of a zone player, which fits us fine and his size will match up with the big receivers in our division.
Round 4, pick 120: Cornelius Washington, DE
We aren’t getting younger at DE, and with all three in contract years next season, this guy seems too good to pass up at this spot. His stats from last year weren’t eye popping, but his play at the Senior Bowl was impressive.
Round 5, pick 155: Dallas Thomas, OL
Dallas played 2 seasons for UT at LT and in his senior year switched OG. He has the size and ability to be a great swing man on our line and push our Guards for playing time.
Round 6, pick 189: Aaron Mellette, WR
Mellette is an excellent small school receiver that also put up nice numbers when playing Vanderbilt and Appalachian State. At 6’3” and 220lbs, Mellette would make a great red zone target for Ponder.
Round 7, pick 213: Brad Wing, P
I think Priefer has had all the Chris Kluwe that he can deal with and who says you can’t draft lightning in a bottle twice. Wing has a super strong leg and boasts phenomenal hang time on his kicks. Plus the move saves about one million in salary cap space to help resign Winfield.
Round 7, pick 214: Knile Davis, RB
Davis was part of an underachieving Arkansas team last season, but the fact that he is big strong and fast has not been diminished. Davis is good out of the back field receiving and could allow us to trade Gerhart for some 2014 draft pick.
Round 7, pick 229: Theo Riddick, RB
Theo is not fast, but he is a hard-nosed competitor that can play in the backfield or in the slot and already has the Viking mentality to fight to the end. Plus being a Domer, who else would you pick?