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My Vikings Mock Draft on Fanspeak's leaves me excited for the possibilities

8-Blake Bortles QB Central Florida-Many have him rated as 2a/2b with Johnny Football, some even have him higher than Teddy Bridgewater, however I disagree with that assessment. He's a big bodied QB with ability to move the pocket, and extend plays, has a big arm. Has drawn comparison to Ben Roethlisberger When Bortles dropped in at number 8 and and Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr were already off the board I said lets play.

40-Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota-How he dropped into 40 when most of the drafts I ran had him going between 14 and 24 I'm not sure, I think it was the fact that there was a big run on LB, O-Line, and CB between 11 and 21, either way their loss is our gain. Some scouts are concerned by his lack of production for his athleticism, but Zim tends to pull the best out of his players.

72-Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin-An aggressive tackling Linebacker that will likely cut his teeth on Special Teams for a year or two but could definitely make an impact. He's a very sound tackler, but tends to get lost in traffic, coverage is less than ideal and he can be burned outside due to a less than ideal speed. Has a intense motor and has a knack for being around the ball, but can occasionally over pursue or move around too much.

96-Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa-6'2 233 lbs, 40 time isn't the most impressive but for his size he runs well with a deceptive closing burst. He tackles well, and has great instincts. Can cover with receivers. Does lack the skills in run defense as he tends to over pursue at times, his sack numbers were less than ideal, however had an interception in each of his last three seasons in college.

104-Jaylen Watkins CB Florida-Solid Coverage corner with some position versatility, played both Safety and Corner in college, not much of a turnover machine, but has the ability to play off and press. Good movement, Good tackler, and an aggressive defender. Was used on Corner blitzes a lot, but never seemed to record a sack which is concerning and only had 3 interceptions all in his Junior Year. He also never started a full season at Florida. Likely a special teams player early, was used as a gunner in Florida so he's familiar.

136-Aaron Murray QB Georgia-Could have also gone AJ McCarron here, but went with Murray on a gut instinct. I really like Murray's poise in the pocket, his ability to extend plays, and his ability to throw on all levels of the field, and can do so with accuracy. He has been known to let balls float at times and at 6'1 some have raised concerns about his size, which was evident in the fact that he frequently had balls batted down at the line in college. I think these minor things are all teachable with the right coach (Cough Norv Cough). He would provide a solid third option.

168-De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon-My belief is this could be a steal of the draft. Very shifty, fast, athletic runner, can catch out of the backfield and can line up as a WR. He's versatile and also could be used in the return game, and with Marcus Sherels a free agent, it could make it an easier pill to swallow losing his skill in the punt return game if we went a different route, and Thomas could come in right away and make an impact.

200-Aaron Lynch DE USF-Has some very good things in his favor, is strong, and can work inside on the run, and is disruptive. He has a solid punch, and quick off the ball, plays with a high motor, however has a tendency to jump offsides, and still lacks skill in the pass rush, being able to be pushed around if he doesn't get the initial jump on the linemen. Has room to grow and could become a solid DE backup option or rotational end with a lot of run on special teams.

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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