Which College Players Are Future Vikings Week 4 Review and Week 5 Primer

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Another week of college football and another week of crappy scheduling by the some of the best teams. Ohio State vs Florida A&M. Louisville vs Florida Intl. Florida State vs Bethune Cookman. Miami vs Savannah State. Georgia vs North Texas (they struggled which is extra pitiful). Washington vs Idaho State. Baylor vs Louisiana Monroe. Texas Tech vs Texas State. All these games were awful. I mean who is going to watch them? I do not give any credit for the performances in these games by the top players. No way. There were a few good games though like Michigan vs Connecticut, Pittsburgh vs Duke, and Fresno State vs Boise State.

The game of the week award goes to Fresno State vs Boise State!

I am becoming biased to Fresno State but it was an entertaining game.

Here are some of the top draft eligible performers stats ...

Derek Carr  QB  Fresno State  rSr  6-3  215  is 113 of 164 for 1121 yards with 12 TDs and 1 INTs
Teddy Bridgewater  QB  Louisville  Jr  6-3  220  is 79 of 110 passes for 1214 yards with 14 TDs and 1 INTs
Tajh Boyd  QB  Clemson  rSr  6-1  225  is 56 of 90 for 683 yards with 6 TDs and 0 INTs
Keith Price  QB  Washington  rSr  6-1  202  is 67 of 87 for 879 yards with 7 TDs and 1 INTs
Aaron Murray  QB  Georgia  rSr  6-1  208  is 59 of 82 for 1040 yards with 7 TDs and 2 INTs
Johnny Manziel  QB  Texas A&M  rSo  5-11  210 is 77 of 110 for 1228 yards with 12 TDs and 4 INTs
Marcus Mariota  QB  Oregon  rSo  6-3  214 is 49 of 82 for 889 yards with 7 TDs and 0 INTs
Brett Hundley  QB  UCLA  rSo  6-3  227 is 61 of 92 for 848 yards with 8 TDs and 3 INTs
David Fales  QB  San Jose State  Sr  6-2  220 is 67 of 110 for 880 yards with 6 TDs and 3 INTs
Zach Mettenberger  QB  LSU  rSr  6-5  235 is 59 of 91 for 1026 yards with 10 TDs and 1 INTs
A.J. McCarron  QB  Alabama  rSr  6-3  214 is 50 of 78 for 702 yards with 6 TDs and 2 INTs
Corey Robinson  QB  Troy  rSr  6-1  210 is 92 of 127 for 975 yards with 8 TDs and 4 INTs
Brett Smith  QB  Wyoming  Jr  6-3  208 is 116 of 169 for 1315 yards with 13 TDs and 3 INTs
Sean Mannion  QB  Oregon State  rJr  6-4 215 is 133 of 186 for 1604 yards with 15 TDs and 1 INTs

Lache Seastrunk  RB  Baylor  rJr  5-9  210  has 38 carries for 417 yards and 6 TDs
De'Anthony Thomas  RB  Oregon  Jr  5-9  178  has 42 carries for 338 yards and 6 TDs
Bishop Sankey  RB  Washington  Jr  5-10  200  has 64 carries for 446 yards and 4 TDs
James White  RB  Wisconsin  Sr  5-10  198  has 61 carries for 442 yards and 3 TDs
Ka'Deem Carey  RB  Arizona  Jr  5-10  198  has 43 carries for 299 yards and 4 TDs
Roderick McDowell  RB  Clemson  rSr  5-9  195  has 44 carries for 243 yards and 0 TDs
Rajion Neal  RB  Tennessee  Sr  5-11  212  has 55 carries for 299 yards and 4 TDs
Jeremy Smith  RB  Oklahoma State  rSr  5-10  208  has 37 carries for 176 yards and 6 TDs
Kasey Carrier  RB  New Mexico  rSr  5-8  185  has 68 carries for 367 yards and 4 TDs
David Fluellen  RB  Toledo  Sr  6-0  215  has 79 carries for 497 yards and 4 TDs
Melvin Gordon  RB  Wisconsin  rSo  6-1  203  has 53 carries for 624 yards and 7 TDs
Antonio Andrews  RB  Western Kentucky  Sr  5-11  212  has 65 carries for 545 yards and 6 TDs
Ben Malena  RB  Texas A&M  Sr  5-8  198  has 45 carries for 263 yards and 5 TDs
Marcus Mariota  QB  Oregon  rSo  6-3  214  has 15 carries for 262 yards and 4 TDs
Brett Smith  QB  Wyoming  Jr  6-3  208  has 36 carries for 299 yards and 1 TDs

Marqise Lee  WR  Southern California  Jr  6-0  195  has 23 catches for 293 yards and 1 TDs
Mike Evans  WR  Texas A&M  rSo  6-5  225  has 22 catches for 575 yards and 3 TDs
Sammy Watkins  WR  Clemson  Jr  6-1  205  has 19 catches for 242 yards and 1 TDs
Brandon Coleman  WR  Rutgers  rJr  6-5  220  has 13 catches for 164 yards and 2 TDs
Jordan Matthews  WR  Vanderbilt  Sr  6-3  205  has 32 catches for 471 yards and 3 TDs
Allen Robinson  WR  Penn State  Jr  6-3  205  has 26 catches for 448 yards and 3 TDs
*Paul Richardson  WR  Colorado  rJr  6-1  176  has 21 catches for 417 yards and 4 TDs
Devin Street  WR  Pittsburgh  rSr  6-3  192  has 17 catches for 387 yards and 2 TDs
Jared Abbrederis  WR  Wisconsin  rSr  6-1  188  has 23 catches for 365 yards and 3 TDs
TJ Jones  WR  Notre Dame  Sr  6-0  195  has 21 catches for 304 yards and 2 TDs
Eric Ward  WR  Texas Tech  rSr  5-11  206  has caught 20 catches for 221 yards and 1 TDs
Robert Herron  WR  Wyoming  Sr  5-9  187  has caught 23 catches for 357 yards and 2 TDs
Mike Davis  WR  Texas  Sr  6-2  195  has 20 catches for 223 yards and 4 TDs
Jalen Saunders  WR  Oklahoma  Sr  5-9  164  has 10 catches for 137 yards and 3 TDs
DeVante Parker  WR  Louisville  Jr  6-2  209  has 19 catches for 331 yards and 6 TDs
Ryan Grant  WR  Tulane  rSr  6-0  192  has 31 catches for 418 yards and 3 TDs
Tevin Reese  WR  Baylor  rSr  5-10  172  has 15 catches for 350 yards and 3 TDs
Donte Moncrief  WR  Ole Miss  Jr  6-2  226  has 11 catches for 173 yards and 2 TDs

On defense ...

Khalil Mack  OLB  Buffalo  rSr  6-3  248  has 15 solo and 8 assts with 4.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, 1 PD, and 1 INT
Ryan Shazier  OLB  Ohio State  Jr  6-2  226  has 22 solo and 6 assts with 4.5 TFLs, 1 .0 sacks, 1 FF, and 1 PD
Kyle Van Noy  OLB  Brigham Young  rSr  6-3  235  has 11 solo and 9 assts with 4.5 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, and 2 PDs
*Jordan Hicks  OLB  Texas  rJr  6-2  235  has 19 solo and 16 assts tackles with 2.5 TFLs
Jonathan Brown  OLB  Illinois  Sr  6-1  235  has 17 solo and 21 assts with 2.5 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks
Kevin Pierre-Louis  OLB  Boston College  Sr  6-1  218  has 18 solo and 10 assts with 3.5 TFLs, and 1.0 sacks
Christian Jones  OLB  Florida State  Sr  6-3  232  has 5 solo and 8 assts

A.J. Johnson  ILB  Tennessee  Jr  6-2  240  has 14 solo and 13 assts with 2.0 TFLs
Yawin Smallwood  ILB  Connecticut  rJr  6-2  244  has 16 solo and 21 assts tackles with 2.0 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, and 2 PDs
Shayne Skov  ILB  Stanford  rSr  6-2  245  has 9 solo and 15 assts tackles with 1.5 TFLs, and 1.0 sacks
*Andrew Jackson  ILB  Western Kentucky  rJr  6-0  258  has 15 solo and 13 assts with 1.5 TFLs and 1 PD
Lamin Barrow  ILB  LSU  rSr  6-1  232  has 3 solo and 19 assts with 0.5 TFLs, with 0.5 sacks and 1 PD
Chris Borland  ILB  Wisconsin  rSr  5-11  248  has 16 solo and 14 assts with 1.5 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, and 1 PD
Max Bullough  ILB  Michigan State  Sr  6-3  245  has 7 solo and 15 assts with 3.0 TFLs and 1 PD
Greg Blair  ILB  Cincinnati  rSr  6-1  252  has 12 solo and 13 assts with 1.5 TFLs and 2 PDs
DeDe Lattimore  ILB  South Florida  rSr  6-0  236  has 19 solo and 12 assts with 1.0 TFLs, 1 PD, and 1 INT

Louis Nix  DT  Notre Dame  rJr  6-2  352  has 7 solo and 7 assts with 1.0 TFLs and 1 PD
Ra'Shede Hageman  DT  Minnesota  rSr  6-6  312  has 7 solo and 9 assts with 5.5 TFLs, 1 sack, and 2 PDs
Timmy Jernigan  DT  Florida State  Jr  6-2  298  has 3 solo and 5 assts with 2.0 TFLs and 1.0 sacks
DaQuan Jones  DT  Penn State  Sr  6-3  333  has 16 solo and 9 assts with 5.5 TFLs and 2.0 sacks
Ryan Carrethers  DT  Arkansas State  rSr  6-1  328  has 16 solo and 12 assts with 4.0 TFLs and 2.5 sacks
George Uko  DT  Southern California  rJr  6-3  285  has 6 solo and 6 assts with 4.5 TFLs, 4.0 sacks, and 1 FF
Bruce Gaston  DT  Purdue  Sr  6-2  310  has 11 solo and 7 assts with 3.5 TFLs and 2.0 sacks
Shamar Stephen  DT  Connecticut  rSr  6-5  323  has 5 solo and 13 assts

Bene Benwikere  CB  San Jose State  Sr  5-11  192  has 12 solo and 6 assts with 6 PDs, and 1 INT
Jason Verrett  CB  TCU  Sr  5-10  178  has 10 solo and 6 assts with 2.0 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, and 5 PDs
Ciante Evans  CB  Nebraska  Sr  5-10  190  has 6 solo and 4 assts with 3 PDs and 3 INTs
Stanley Jean-Baptiste  CB  Nebraska  Sr  6-2  214  has 8 solo and 4 assts with 1.0 TFLs and 5 PDs and 4 INTs
Darqueze Dennard  CB  Michigan State  Sr  5-11  197  has 3 solo and 8 assts with 1.5 TFLs and 6 PDs

Lamarcus Joyner  FS  Florida State  Sr  5-8  195  has 10 solo and 8 assts with 2.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, and 1 PD
Deone Bucannon  FS  Washington State  Sr  6-1  198  has 19 solo and 16 assts with 0.5 TFLs, 2 FF, and 2 INT
Dion Bailey  SS  Southern California  rJr  6-0  210  has 16 solo and 8 assts with 2.5 TFLs, 0.5 sacks, 2 PD, and 2 INT
Kenny Ladler  FS  Vanderbilt  Sr  6-0  205  has 20 solo and 10 assts with 1.0 TFLs and 1 PD

Now let's look at some upcoming games for week 5 and the Big 10

No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Georgia      Saturday, September 28 @ 3:30 PM
Anthony Johnson  DT  LSU  Jr  6-2  295
La'el Collins  OT  LSU  Jr  6-5  315
Craig Loston  SS  LSU  rSr  6-1  209
Lamin Barrow  ILB  LSU  rSr  6-1  232
Zach Mettenberger  QB  LSU  rSr  6-5  235
Alfred Blue  RB  LSU  Sr  6-1  222
J.C. Copeland  FB  LSU  Sr  6-0  270
Tahj Jones  OLB  LSU  rSr  6-2  208
Kadron Boone  WR  LSU  Sr  6-0  202
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Aaron Murray  QB  Georgia  rSr  6-1  208
Chris Burnette  OG  Georgia  rSr  6-2  315
Arthur Lynch  TE  Georgia  rSr  6-5  254
Damian Swann  CB  Georgia  Jr  5-11  178
Kenarious Gates  OT  Georgia  Sr  6-5  327
Garrison Smith  DT  Georgia  Sr  6-3  299
Dallas Lee  OG  Georgia  rSr  6-4  295
T.J. Stripling  OLB  Georgia  Sr  6-5  237
Rantavious Wooten  WR  Georgia  rSr  5-10  176

No. 14 Oklahoma at No. 22 Notre Dame      Saturday, September 28 @ 3:30 PM
Aaron Colvin  CB  Oklahoma  Sr  6-0  182
Jalen Saunders  WR  Oklahoma  Sr  5-9  164
Trey Millard  FB  Oklahoma  Sr  6-2  253
Damien Williams  RB  Oklahoma  Sr  6-0  214
Gabe Ikard  C  Oklahoma  rSr  6-3  298
Corey Nelson  OLB  Oklahoma  Sr  6-1  226
Gabe Lynn  CB  Oklahoma  rSr  6-0  199
Jaz Reynolds  WR  Oklahoma  rSr  6-2  200
Bronson Irwin  OG  Oklahoma  Sr  6-5  310
Brennan Clay  RB  Oklahoma  Sr  5-11  198
Tyler Evans  OG  Oklahoma  rSr  6-5  305
Roy Finch  RB  Oklahoma  Sr  5-7  167
Brannon Green  TE  Oklahoma  Sr  6-2  264
Kass Everett  CB  Oklahoma  Sr  5-10  182
Lacolton Bester  WR  Oklahoma  Sr  6-2  208
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Louis Nix  DT  Notre Dame  rJr  6-2  352
Stephon Tuitt  DE  Notre Dame  Jr  6-5  303
Zack Martin  OG  Notre Dame  rSr  6-4  305
Prince Shembo  OLB  Notre Dame  Sr  6-1  252
George Atkinson III  RB  Notre Dame  Jr  6-1  210
Bennett Jackson  CB  Notre Dame  Sr  6-0  185
Chris Watt  OG  Notre Dame  rSr  6-3  312
TJ Jones  WR  Notre Dame  Sr  6-0  195
Dan Fox  ILB  Notre Dame  rSr  6-3  245
Tommy Rees  QB  Notre Dame  Sr  6-2  210
Daniel Smith  WR  Notre Dame  Sr  6-3  215
Carlo Calabrese  ILB  Notre Dame  rSr  6-1  245

No. 21 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama      Saturday, September 28 @ 6:30 PM
Donte Moncrief  WR  Ole Miss  Jr  6-2  226
Tyler Campbell  P  Ole Miss  rSr  6-2  230
Charles Sawyer  CB  Ole Miss  rSr  5-10  178
Ja-Mes Logan  WR  Ole Miss  rSr  6-2  185
Evan Swindall  C  Ole Miss  rSr  6-3  301
Mike Marry  ILB  Ole Miss  rSr  6-2  250
D.T. Shackelford  ILB  Ole Miss  rSr  6-1  246
Jeff Scott  RB  Ole Miss  Sr  5-7  164
Pierce Burton  OT  Ole Miss  Sr  6-5  290
Patrick Junen  OG  Ole Miss  Sr  6-6  349
Jack Nuismer  TE  Ole Miss  Sr  6-3  236
Justin Bigham  FB  Ole Miss  Sr  6-1  232
Emmanuel McCray  OT  Ole Miss  rSr  6-5  320
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Cyrus Kouandjio  OT  Alabama  Jr  6-5  310
C.J. Mosley  OLB  Alabama  Sr  6-2  232
Hasean Clinton-Dix  FS  Alabama  Jr  6-1  208
A.J. McCarron  QB  Alabama  rSr  6-3  214
Adrian Hubbard  OLB  Alabama  rJr  6-5  252
Anthony Steen  OG  Alabama  rSr  6-2  310
Ed Stinson  DE  Alabama  rSr  6-3  292
Deion Belue  CB  Alabama  Sr  5-11  183
Kevin Norwood  WR  Alabama  rSr  6-1  195
John Fulton  CB  Alabama  Sr  6-0  186
Cade Foster  K  Alabama  Sr  6-1  224
Cody Mandell  P  Alabama  Sr  6-4  213
Kenny Bell  WR  Alabama  rSr  6-0  180
Nick Perry  FS  Alabama  Sr  6-1  212
Tana Patrick  OLB  Alabama  rSr  6-2  238

No. 23 Wisconsin at No. 4 Ohio State      Saturday, September 28 @ 8:00 PM
Melvin Gordon  RB  Wisconsin  rSo  6-1  207
Chris Borland  ILB  Wisconsin  rSr  5-11  246
James White  RB  Wisconsin  Sr  5-10  195
Ryan Groy  OG  Wisconsin  rSr  6-5  320
Jared Abbrederis  WR  Wisconsin  rSr  6-1  190
Jacob Pedersen  TE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-4  240
Beau Allen  DT  Wisconsin  Sr  6-3  325
Dezmen Southward  SS  Wisconsin  rSr  6-1  210
Ethan Armstrong  OLB  Wisconsin  rSr  6-2  225
Brian Wozniak  TE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-4  255
Brendan Kelly  OLB  Wisconsin  rSr  6-6  255
Pat Muldoon  DE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-3  269
Brock DeCicco  TE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-5  250
Ethan Hemer  DE  Wisconsin  rSr  6-6  285
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Bradley Roby  CB  Ohio State  rJr  5-11  192
Ryan Shazier  OLB  Ohio State  Jr  6-2  230
Jack Mewhort  OT  Ohio State  rSr  6-6  308
C.J. Barnett  SS  Ohio State  Sr  6-0  205
Christian Bryant  FS  Ohio State  Sr  5-9  193
Corey (Pitt) Brown  WR  Ohio State  Sr  5-11  190
Carlos Hyde  RB  Ohio State  rSr  6-0  235
Andrew Norwell  OG  Ohio State  Sr  6-6  316
Corey Linsley  C  Ohio State  rSr  6-3  298
Jordan Hall  RB  Ohio State  rSr  5-8  192
Kenny Guiton  QB  Ohio State  rSr  6-2  208
Marcus Hall  OG  Ohio State  rSr  6-5  315
Chris Fields  WR  Ohio State  rSr  6-0  200

Miami (OH) at Illinois      Saturday, September 28 @ 12:00 PM
Dayonne Nunley  CB  Miami (Ohio)  Sr  5-8  182
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Jonathan Brown  OLB  Illinois  Sr  6-1  235
Ryan Lankford  WR  Illinois  Sr  6-0  176
Spencer Harris  WR  Illinois  Sr  6-2  195
Corey Lewis  OT  Illinois  rSr  6-5  310
Nathan Scheelhaase  QB  Illinois  rSr  6-2  195
Evan Wilson  TE  Illinois  Sr  6-6  250
Tim Kynard  DE  Illinois  rSr  6-3  260
Ben Mathis  FS  Illinois  rSr  6-2  200

Northern Illinois at Purdue      Saturday, September 28 @ 12:00 PM
Jimmie Ward  SS  Northern Illinois  Sr  5-11  192
Jordan Lynch  QB  Northern Illinois  rSr  6-0  216
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Bruce Gaston  DT  Purdue  Sr  6-2  310
Ricardo Allen  CB  Purdue  Sr  5-9  186
Gabe HolmesInjured  TE  Purdue  rSr  6-5  248
Cody Webster  P  Purdue  Sr  6-1  210
Gary Bush  WR  Purdue  rSr  6-0  185
Sean Robinson  OLB  Purdue  Sr  6-3  240
Kurt Freytag  FB  Purdue  Sr  6-2  240
Kevin Pamphile  OT  Purdue  rSr  6-5  302

Iowa at Minnesota      Saturday, September 28 @ 3:30 PM
C.J. Fiedorowicz  TE  Iowa  Sr  6-6  265
Christian Kirksey  OLB  Iowa  Sr  6-2  235
James Morris  ILB  Iowa  Sr  6-1  240
Anthony Hitchens  OLB  Iowa  Sr  6-0  226
Tanner Miller  FS  Iowa  Sr  6-1  208
Mike Meyer  K  Iowa  Sr  6-2  190
B.J. Lowery  CB  Iowa  Sr  5-10  193
Brett Van Sloten  OT  Iowa  rSr  6-5  300
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Ra'Shede Hageman  DT  Minnesota  rSr  6-6  312
Brock Vereen  SS  Minnesota  Sr  5-11  202
Ed Olson  OT  Minnesota  rSr  6-6  310
Aaron Hill  OLB  Minnesota  rSr  6-1  231

USC at Arizona State      Saturday, September 28 @ 10:30 PM
Marqise Lee  WR  Southern California  Jr  6-0  195
Morgan Breslin  OLB  Southern California  Sr  6-1  250
Dion Bailey  SS  Southern California  rJr  6-0  210
George Uko  DT  Southern California  rJr  6-3  285
Silas ReddInjured  RB  Southern California  Sr  5-9  200
Xavier Grimble  TE  Southern California  rJr  6-5  255
Torin Harris  CB  Southern California  rSr  6-0  190
Kevin Graf  OT  Southern California  rSr  6-6  300
Demetrius Wright  FS  Southern California  Sr  6-1  195
Devon Kennard  DE  Southern California  rSr  6-3  260
John Martinez  OG  Southern California  rSr  6-2  305
Kevin Greene  OLB  Southern California  rSr  6-3  255
De'Von Flournoy  WR  Southern California  rSr  6-0  185
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Will Sutton  DT  Arizona State  rSr  6-0  305
Marion Grice  RB  Arizona State  Sr  6-0  207
Carl Bradford  OLB  Arizona State  rJr  6-1  243
Junior Onyeali  OLB  Arizona State  Sr  5-11  240
Chris Coyle  FB  Arizona State  rSr  6-2  240
Alden Darby  SS  Arizona State  Sr  5-11  195
Osahon Irabor  CB  Arizona State  rSr  5-11  186
Evan Finkenberg  OT  Arizona State  rSr  6-4  298
Chris Young  ILB  Arizona State  Sr  6-0  244
Kevin Ozier  WR  Arizona State  rSr  6-1  200
Davon Coleman  DE  Arizona State  Sr  6-2  283
Kody Koebensky  C  Arizona State  rSr  6-3  290
Gannon Conway  DE  Arizona State  rSr  6-3  280
Steffon Martin  OLB  Arizona State  Sr  6-1  231
Darwin Rogers  TE  Arizona State  Sr  6-3  248

I will base my mock off the record each week. The team is 0-3 and there are 5 other teams with that record.  But the Vikings have the second worse SOS (strength of schedule) so they are tied with the Giants for the #2 spot.  I am giving that to the Vikings because, by golly, we deserve it!

Now it seems that the majority of the natives believe this season thus far is one ginormous cluster you know what.  That is a perfectly reasonable position to have right now.  So what should the Vikings do to right the longship?

Here is what I said last week ...

"I think that the LBs and secondary will be an ongoing concern this year even moreso than Ponder's development.  I feel that Ponder can get a little better than last year and then that is probably going to be his ceiling.  Is that good enough to win a Super Bowl?  Maybe.  But that defense has to get better before that can even be considered."

... well the secondary went out and proved my point although, in fairness and of course, the oft injured Chris Cook could not play unfortunately.  He knows it is his contract year better than anyone else.  I am hoping he bounces back and can get back out there and at least restore a little order.  At the same time, he could be had for a relative bargain at the end of the year.  I am not a huge fan considering he has zero interceptions but there just are two many holes.

I think it is more than obvious that the offensive guard position needs at least one new starter next year.  And not a washed up or project player either.  That is not going to help anyone.  I hope Fusco can get better as the year goes on.  He could be a player who is going to blossom.  Blossom into what?  Who knows but I am hoping it is at least better than Johnson and Herrera.  Please.

I think the defensive tackle position is one that should never be neglected and the Vikings could get lucky in free agency.  I have read some articles where others have mentioned that KWill could be the 1 tech that the Vikings need.  I am not opposed to bringing him back next year at a reasonable amount.  I still think you draft one and sign a free agent (even Evans or Guion).

I am always interested in getting more wideout help.  All it takes is an injury and we could be in trouble.

We will need to replace Toby for sure.  He is going somewhere else to get more carries.  It is simple as that IMHO.

We may have to also draft a corner if they decide not to resign Cook.

Finally, the elephant in the room is trumpeting about a QB.  What are the Vikings going to do about a QB?  Is Ponder the answer?  Is he truly a victim of circumstance as many would have you believe?  Is he really this elite QB just waiting to burst out of the control of this current offense?  Questions, questions?  Why so many questions still after 30 starts?  I guess he really is the most unluckiest player to ever play football.  Are the football Gods ever going to smile upon him or his game?  It is a situation that just will not go away or die!

So with all that being said, I give you the weekly mock ...

2. Jadeveon Clowney  DE  South Carolina  Jr  6-5  274
34. Johnny Manziel  QB  Texas A&M  rSo  5-11  210
66. Marcus Roberson  CB  Florida  Jr  6-0  195
90. Deone Bucannon  FS  Washington State  Sr  6-1  198
98. Shayne Skov  ILB  Stanford  rSr  6-2  245
130. Mike Davis  WR  Texas  Sr  6-2  195
162. Ryan Groy  OG  Wisconsin  rSr  6-5  320
194. Ben Malena  RB  Texas A&M  Sr  5-8  195


UDFA
Ethan Westbrooks  DE  West Texas A&M  Sr  6-4  275
Kenarious Gates  OT  Georgia  Sr  6-5  327
David Fluellen  RB  Toledo  Sr  6-0  215
Keith Price  QB  Washington  rSr  6-1  202
Garrison Smith  DT  Georgia  Sr  6-3  299
Paul Crawford  DE  Florida International  Sr  6-7  275
Andrew Norwell  OG  Ohio State  Sr  6-6  320
Gator Hoskins  FB  Marshall  Sr  6-2  242
Ciante Evans  CB  Nebraska  Sr  5-10  190
Parker Thomas  LS  North Carolina  rSr  6-5  228
Devon Kennard  DE  Southern California  rSr  6-3  260
Shamar Stephen  DT  Connecticut  rSr  6-5  323



If the Viking are indeed picking #2 overall then I think Clowney will be there.  As of right now the Redskins have the #1 pick.  If they end up with that then they are likely to trade down with a team below the Vikings.  I think the other offers will be better and I do not believe Spielman would give up a lot to get a Teddy Bridgewater.

So the Vikings take the best player on the board.  Well Clowney should be.  That could make a pretty good DE combination.  I have doubts about Manziel being available or how he would do in a cold weather environment.  This is important as the Vikings will be playing outdoors in 2014 and 2015.  I may have to change my strategy to get a QB with man hands.  I think Manziel could drop once all the pre-draft crapola starts.  But a team like Cleveland with two picks could use one of those firsts on Manziel if they wanted.
For now though, he goes to the Vikings in the 2nd.

I think once they get those two players they have to turn their attention to more defense specifically secondary players and another LB.  Mauti and Hodges may turn out to be good but there is no guarantee and you always need solid depth.

I am sure to get some blowback about Groy going in the 6th round but at this point he should be a "steal".

I think late round RBs to back up AP are just fine.

Well, there you have it.  Enjoy the games!

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