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2014 MOCK DRAFT: OPTION 2 OF 4

MOCK DRAFT OPTION 2: QB IN THE SECOND ROUND

This posting includes the second out of four options I have developed (I posted Option 1 earlier today). My strategy with the 4 Mock Drafts is to take a look at how it may play out with the Vikings drafting a QB in at least one of the first four picks we have in this years draft. Each Mock Draft option has a QB being selected one round later than the previous Mock Draft.

I used typical draft-site resources to do the research on the picks (e.g., NFL DraftScout, DraftTek, WalterFootball, DraftSite, etc.) including the player draftpool and the projected rounds in which they will potentially be available. I also based the picks on what seems to be the concensus in regards to our most pressing team needs.

In this Option 2 post a QB is selected in Round 2.

So here we go, Mock Draft Option 2 is below.

ROUND 1

With the 8th pick in round 1 the Vikings select:

CB-Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State - 5’11” 188lbs.

A three-year starter, Dennard had 59 tackles with 10 passes broken up and four interceptions in 2013. Dennard was a 2013 All-Big 10 First Team selection at CB.

(Optional Round 1 CB pick: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State - 6'0" 195lbs.)

ROUND 2

With the 8th pick in Round 2 (40th overall), the Vikings select:

QB-Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois - 6'2" 222lbs.

A three and a half year starter, Garoppolo threw for 5,050 yards with 53 touchdown passes and nine interceptions in 568 attempts while completing 66 percent of his passes in 2013. He recorded 11 games with 300-plus yards and 5 games with 400-plus yards; threw multiple touchdowns in 13 of 14 games, including 10 games with 3 or more TD passes. Garoppolo recieved several awards in 2013 including the Associated Press, Coaches, and Walter Camp FCS First Team All-American; the FCS Athletic Directors Association OVC Offensive Player of the Year; and the 2013 Walter Payton Award Winner.

(Optional Round 2 QB pick: Brett Smith, Wyoming - 6'2" 206lbs.)

ROUND 3

With the 8th pick in Round 3 (72nd overall), the Vikings select:

DE – Marcus Smith, Louisville - 6’3” 252lbs.

A four year starter, in 2013 Smith totalled 68 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 2 passes defended, 10.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and a blocked kick. Smith recieved several awards in 2013 including All-American Athletic Conference Firts Team, American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and Walter Camp Second Team All American.

ROUND 3 (2nd pick in Round 3)

With the 32nd pick in Round 3 (96th overall - Seahawks pick gained from the 2013 Percy Harvin trade), the Vikings select:

OG – Jon Halapio, Florida 6’3” 321lbs.

Halapio is a 2 year starter at Florida.

ROUND 4

With the 8th pick in Round 4 (104th overall), the Vikings select:

DT - Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State - 6'2" 300lbs.

A two year starter, Barnett totalled 26 tackles, including four for loss, as well as a pair of sacks, five quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. Barnett was a 2012 and 2013 All-Big 12 First Team selection at DT.

ROUND 5

With the 8th pick in Round 5 (136th overall), the Vikings select:

OLB - Denicos Allen, Michigan State - 5’11” 225lbs.

A two year starter, Allen totalled 83 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 7 QB hurries and 15 QB hits. Allen was selected to the 2013 All-Big 10 Second Team at OLB.

ROUND 6

With the 8th pick in Round 6 (168th overall), the Vikings select:

SS - Hakeem Smith, Louisville - 6’2” 179lbs.

A four year starter, Smith totalled 42 tackles, four passes broken up and three interceptions in 2013. Smith was selected to the 2013 All-American Athletic Conference First Team. Smith also earned this first-team award all three years leading up to the 2013 season as well.

ROUND 7

With the 8th pick in Round 7 (200th overall), the Vikings select:

ILB – James Morris, Iowa - 6'2" 240lbs.

A four year starter, Morris totalled 90 tackles, 4 sacks, and 4 interceptions in 2013. Morris was selected to the 2013 All-Big 10 Second Team at ILB.

WRAP UP

So that's Mock Draft Option 2, showing us taking a QB in the 2nd Round.

In this Option 2 Mock Draft scenario we passed on a QB in Round 1 (all the Round 1 QB talent was gone by the time we picked at #8). Our Round 2 selection, Garoppolo, has good size, a good skill set with a quick release, is a decent scrambler when he needs to, and he put up impressive stats in college - hopefully these traits will transfer well to the NFL. In this scenario Garoppolo could learn for a while under a tenured QB (Cassel?) before making his NFL start. This approach may be frustrating at first for fans, but as opposed to reaching for a QB in Round 1, this "QB in Round 2" scenario may be best in the long run. We also picked up Day-1 talent with Dennard in Round 1.

Stay tuned for my Mock Draft Options 3 and 4 to follow this posting, they also show us taking QB's in later rounds.

Let me know what you think of this Mock Draft Option 2.

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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