I know, a lot of fans don’t like Mocks with trades, because the average fan (Including myself) does not know how draft trades really work in the NFL. I do not know how they are negotiated or if any of the trades I am projecting in this mock are actually possible. I am just throwing some in there because Rick Spielman has traded around in recent drafts more than most teams. Another thing I will address right away is the fact that in this mock the top 3 QB’s (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Blake Bortles) will all be selected before the 8thpick in the draft, which I think is very likely. Derek Carr will be available at the time but I do not believe he is the Quarterback to lead us to where we want to go. I am making this draft to see what my fellow Viking fans think of the idea and I am welcoming other opinions on it.
Round 1 Pick 8: TRADE back with Baltimore Ravens, Pick 17, we would also get their third round pick, and a third round pick for next year. I believe the Ravens will make this trade to get one of the top playmakers in the draft such as Sammy Watkins or Eric Ebron, they might also be looking for a top Tackle in which case they would have to jump some of the teams in front of them.
Round 1 Pick 17: CJ Mosley, Linebacker, Alabama, 6’2 238
Anchor of one of the nation’s top defenses for the better part of three years. Great in support while also being very effective in coverage. Can play both inside or outside linebacker in a 4-3, very versatile. Has been compared to NFL great Ray Lewis for his ability to be a leader and the way he sees the field. Won the 2013 Butkus award for the nation’s best linebacker. Would be an instant plug and play starter for our defense.
Round 2 Pick 8: Lamarcus Joyner, Cornerback/Safety, Florida State, 5’8 190
The depth in this draft could cause a very good player to fall to us in the second round. Joyner is an extremely explosive athlete who played safety up until his senior year. This Florida State defensive back already has chemistry with fellow Viking Xavier Rhodes and arguably has had a better college career. Good in coverage and has been one of the leading tacklers for the #1 Seminoles. Never afraid to go in and lay a hit on a ball carrier either.
Round 3 Pick 8: Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback, LSU, 6’5 235
A Quarterback to bring in that would be instant competition for Matt Cassel depending on how he comes back from the ACL tear that is causing him to drop into the third round. At one point Mettenbergers combination of a strong arm, quick release, and good decision making could have earned him a 1st round grade. He also played in an offense much more similar to the one we run especially in comparison to Manziel or Carr who both play a majority of snaps in shotgun and spread there recievers throughout the whole field. However the new coach could change things on offense, so who knows.
Round 3 Pick 14 (From Ravens): Anthony Steen, Guard, Alabama, 6’3 310
Steen has been a rock for one of the best offensive lines in the nation for years. Even after the Crimson Tide lost three offensive lineman in last years draft they were still one of the best. Steen is a consistently good pass blocker that also has the ability to create running lanes. Depth at the postion with Gabe Jackson, Cyril Richardson, La’el Collins, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Zack Martin, and David Yankey could push another very good player into our laps in the middle of the third round.
Round 3 Pick 32: Scott Crichton, Defensive end, Oregon State, 6’3 265
Crichton has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, which could be good for the Vikings. With a combination of speed off the edge, great motor, and toughness Crichton got 7.5 sacks this season. This is a drop off from last season’s 9 sacks but this year Crichton got much bigger and showed more versatility.
Round 4 Pick 8: Donte Moncrief, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss, 6’3 226
Kind of a surprise entry to the draft this year, but Moncrief had almost 60 catches for close to 1,000 yards for a good Ole Miss team. With Jerome Simpsons contract being up the Vikings could be looking for depth in the later rounds of this draft.
Round 5 Pick 8: Derrick Hopkins, Nose Tackle, Virginia Tech, 6’0 317
Hopkins is my favorite college football player to watch. His low center of gravity combined with quick feet and lots of experience is ideal for a nose tackle in a 4-3 which is what the Vikings have been missing since Pat Williams retired. He has been a vital part of a strong Virginia Tech defense for the better part of 3 years, and will fall in the draft due his height. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1854868-virginia-tech-football-why-derrick-hopkins-is-hokies-mvp-for-2013
Round 6 Pick 8: Connor Shaw, Quarterback, South Carolina, 6’1 220
Smaller QB that has been the thorn in the side of most SEC teams for a few years, with his occasional flash of brilliance in certain plays, but also makes mistakes in critical times. Smaller Quarterback with decent arm for more competition with Mettenberger and Cassel.
Round 7 Pick 8: Ricardo Allen, Cornerback, Purdue, 5’9 186
Wrote a whole fanpost on him recently, very underrated and falls on draft boards because of the team he plays on and his size