I am not a huge fan of Mock drafts. Let me say that I think there are two approaches to mock drafts. There is the I think this is what the team should do approach, and there is the I think this is what the team will do approach. I think the second one is more valuable, but the first one is more fun. I tried to follow the second theory in both mocks, but admit perhaps the first pick of the first one might be more what I want. That being said, I can make a good argument as to why the Vikings will move up in the draft.
Remember, I really like Johnny Football and I know a lot of people don't. Without further ado here they are.
Let me know which you prefer below.
Mock draft 1
Johnny Manziel (trade up to St. Louis with future 1st 2015 and number 72 pick) This is always a controversial name. Some will reject the Mock simply because I put his name on here. Others will point out that he is not Norv Turners typical QB. On the second point you would be correct. A third group will point out his off field issues and wonder if it matches with the new coach’s personality. To that group I will point out a few things, first Zimmer has worked with a number of troubled athletes and made good football players out of them. Second, near the first word out of Zimmer’s mouth is the playing with passion. I don’t think there is a player in college football who demonstrates this better than Johnny football. (see the bowl game) Lastly, his Mentor Bill Parcels was famous for saying sometimes you have to put away the stop watch and the tape measure and ask yourself can they play football. On all counts Johnny love’s football and makes things happen. I believe the Vikings will trade up for a QB. It might not be Manziel, but they will trade up.
Chris Borland LB Wisconsin 5-11 246 leadership skills, Big ten LB of the year. Great player on a good defense at a position of need.
Jason Verrett CB TCU 5-10 176 held good WR to poor games. Not sure he makes it to round 3 especially late, but we need corners.
Deandre Coleman DT California 6-5 315lbs. good size good at point of attack, played in a defense not great against the run, but reading scouting reports strikes me as someone who could be good with good defensive coaching which we now have.
Chris Watt G ND 6-4 280. Excellent run blocker needs work in pass protection.
Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan 5-8, runs a 4.43 40. Has made some great plays for Michigan and took him here for value. Not the typical norv turner WR, but has good speed and makes big plays. Might be able to stretch the field or play slot receiver.
Cory Nelson LB Oklahoma good player undersized like above OLB or convert to safety
1a. CJ Mosley LB Alabama
1b. Derek Carr QB Fresno St.(trade up to the 25 spot with SD giving up our 2nd round and the 72 pick for the 25 pick) Alternative pick would be JimmyG QB Eastern Illinois. This is a good spot for Derek, I would take him at the 8, but think this is a great move for Rick should he take it. You get the defense and the QBOTF at the same time. Too many teams need QB early in the draft to wait and see what happens. Have to be proactive.
3. Jason Verrett CB TCU 5-10 176 held good WR to poor games. Not sure he makes it to round 3 especially late, but we need corners
4. Daniel McCullers DT weighs 360, can’t teach size, everything else needs work.
5. Chris Watt G ND 6-4 280. Excellent run blocker, needs work in pass protection
6. Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan Michigan 5-8, runs a 4.43 40. Has made some great plays for Michigan and took him here for value. Not the typical norv turner WR, but has good speed and makes big plays. Might be able to stretch the field or play slot receiver. Good WR to pair with Carr for his speed.