I love the mock draft season, but after a while they all start looking the same. Especially when they refuse to think about trades, you get a boring picture that is unrealistic. The fan-based mock drafts are even worse, with fans only taking account of their own team (and signing every decent FA on the market like the Vikings are the lone bidder).
Amidst the sea of boring drafts, Draftek's newest 7-round mock stuck out to me in a good way and I thought I'd analyze it.
Preface: for the top picks, I don't think Houston takes Manziel (and seemingly, neither do the authors). Switch the HOU and CLE picks for a more accurate representation
Vikings draft according to Draftek:
Round 1, Pick 8: Khalil Mack (OLB), Buffalo
Analysis: Great player with day one starting potential. Could be a darkhorse to go #1 overall, so if he fell to 8 it would be a major steal.
Round 2, Pick 8: Aaron Donald (DT), PITT
Analysis: My favorite player in the draft, Donald dominated with 35 reps of BP and a blazing 4.65 40 after being the most dominant and decorated defensive player in 2013. He plays UT like Floyd, but is a better pure pass rusher and Zimmer would love his new cannonball weapon.
Round 3, Pick 8: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB), EIU
Analysis: Jimmy G is no stranger to draft circles any more, and is a fantastic player. Great release and an underrated arm. Instantly has a chance to compete for the starting gig. 5,000 yards and 50+ tds in 2013, regardless of scheme or competition, takes skill.
Round 3, Pick 32: Kareem Martin (DE), UNC
Analysis: Posted a 35.5" vertical yesterday, Kareem is an under the radar pass rusher that provides much needed depth to the Vikings. Even if Griffen is resigned, the Vikings need a solid #3 for rotation. 11.5 sacks in 2013 with 3 passes deflected.
Round 4, Pick 8: De'Anthony Thomas (RB), Oregon
Analysis: DAT needs no introduction, but an interesting weapon in the Vikings offense. Jimmy Garoppolo's key safety blanket is the dump off to the RB (very accurate and well placed), so DAT will excel at catching passes out of the backfield
Round 5, Pick 8: Donte Moncrief (WR), Ole Miss
Analysis: At 6'5 226, Moncrief is a monster. He dominated in the combine (4.40 at his size is incredible) and he can catch. Any other year he would be a first 3 round pick, but depth at WR pushes him in to the Vikings lap.
Round 6, Pick 8: Nevin Lawson (CB), Utah State
Analysis: 12 Pass deflects and 4 INTs in 2013, Lawson is a solid CB but at under 6ft he falls in the draft.
Round 7, Pick 8: Alden Darby (SS), San Diego State
Analysis: Meh. I'd prefer an OG here, but in the 7th round you are just adding depth at needed positions.
Overall, what do you guys think? Would you be happy if the draft shook out this way?