This posting includes the second of three mock options that I have developed. My strategy with the 3 Mock Drafts is to take a look at how it may play out with the Vikings drafting a QB in the first, second, and then third round.
I used typical draft-site resources to do the research on the picks including the player draftpool and the projected rounds in which they will potentially be available (e.g., NFLDraftScout.com, DraftTek.com, WalterFootball.com, and the draft tracker on NFL.com). I also based the picks on what seems to be the concensus in regards to our most pressing team needs in consideration of the combine, pro-days, and free agency activity.
In this second option the "Big 3" QB's are off the board by our pick at #8, and we decide not to reach for Carr. That allows us to focus on the defensive side of the ball in Round 1. So here we go, Mock Draft Option 2..............."QB in the Second" is below.
With the 8th pick in round 1 the Vikings select:
OLB - Anthony Barr, UCLA - 6’5” 255lbs.
In 2013, Barr totaled 65 tackles with 20 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and a pass batted. Barr was selected to the 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM and the WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN. He also won the 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY.
This pick assumes Mack is off the board at #8, so we go with the next best LB value. Obviously if Mack is on the board I'd prefer him over Barr, but I wouldn't complain about snagging Barr here either. I'm sure Zimmer will find the best way to utilize Barr and his talents moving forward. On another note, I also like Ryan Shazier, OLB from Ohio State. He is probably a more complete sideline to sideline LB than Barr at this time, he also seems to be a good fit for the Vikes defensive scheme. He's a 3 down backer with versatility. The reality is that he probably won't be on the board at our #40 pick in Round 2.
Anthony Barr Ultimate 2013-14 Highlights ᴴᴰ (via HFX HD)
With the 8th pick in round 2 (#40 overall) the Vikings select:
QB - Zach Mettenberger, LSU - 6'5" 224lbs.
In 2013, Mettenberger completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He recieved a 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC HONORABLE MENTION.
via cdn.fansided.comThe jury is still out with Mettenberger regarding his knee, but if his medical checks out he seems to be the type of pocket passer that fits Norv's vertical system. However, I could also see Jimmy Garoppolo being the pick here as an alternative to Mettenberger. The odds of Carr lasting to this spot are a million to one so he most likely isn't in the "round 2" discussion.
Ultimate Zach Mettenberger Highlights | HD (via TheFootballman175)
With the 8th pick in round 3 (#72 overall) the Vikings select:
CB - Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska - 6'3" 218lbs.
Jean-Baptiste had four interceptions with 12 passess batted and 41 tackles in 2013. He was named to the 2013 ALL-BIG 10 SECOND TEAM.
The Supreme Stanley Jean-Baptiste Highlights (via MockingNFLDraft)
With the 32nd pick in Round 3 (96th overall - Seahawks pick gained from the 2013 Percy Harvin trade), the Vikings select:
OG – Dakota Dozier, Furman - 6'4" 313lbs.
Dozier has a well-proportioned long athletic frame. He has light feet and is a natural bender. Dozier has long arms to keep defenders at length and he plays with good leverage. He was named to the 2013 WALTER CAMP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM as well as earning several other conference level awards.
Furman's Dakota Dozier - Consensus All American - Part One (via Furman Paladins)
With the 8th pick in round 4 (#108 overall) the Vikings select:
S – Craig Loston, LSU - 5'11" 217lbs.
Loston had 57 tackles, three passes broken up, three interceptions and four tackles for a loss in 2013. He recieved a 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC HONORABLE MENTION.
Ultimate Craig Loston Highlights | HD (via TheFootballman175)
With the 8th pick in round 5 (#148 overall) the Vikings select:
ILB - Max Bullough, Michigan State - 6'3" 249lbs.
Bullough totalled 76 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two passes broken up in 2013. He was selected to the 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM.
Ultimate Max Bullough Highlights | HD (via TheFootballman175)
With the 8th pick in round 6 (#184 overall) the Vikings select:
WR – Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma - 5'9" 165lbs.
Saunders totalled 61 receptions for 729 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. He was selected to the 2013 ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM.
Jalen Saunders || Oklahoma Highlights ᴴᴰ (via Harris Highlights)
Saunders is a speed demon, packing 10 pounds of explosive power in a 5 pound bag! Think Wes Welker with a Hemi Engine!
With the 8th pick in round 7 (#223 overall) the Vikings select:
RB – James White, Wisconsin - 5'9" 204lbs.
Ultimate James White Highlights | HD (via TheFootballman175)White is a good change-of-pace back with great hands (he fumbled twice in 754 carreer carries).
So that's Mock Draft Option 2, showing us taking a QB in Round 2 as well as several other obvious needs and value picks throughout each of the seven rounds. Remember as I have been developing these mock options I have been utilizing current draft rankings from several web-sites as well as trying to balance need with value from round to round. To also show variety I am selecting different players from mock to mock and am not using a player selection more than once across all three mocks.
Stay tuned for option 3, there's other great options and scenarios in that mock as well!
Let me know what you think of this option 2!