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As a way to get the public consensus of where the Vikings are going to go with the #7 overall pick. . .or where people THINK the Vikings are going to go with it. . .I took the first 50 mocks from the Most Comprehensive Mock Draft List on the Web and checked out what they have the Vikings doing.  The results?

Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas - 32% (16 picks)
LaRon Landry, S, Louisiana State - 24% (12 picks)
Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, Ohio State - 10% (5 picks)
Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame - 8% (4 picks)
Dwayne Jarrett, WR, Southern Cal - 8% (4 picks)
Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma - 6% (3 picks)
JaMarcus Russell, QB, Louisiana State - 4% (2 picks)
Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson - 4% (2 picks)
Leon Hall, CB, Michigan - 2% (1 pick)
Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi - 2% (1 pick)

Yeah, a couple of people thought that JaMarcus Russell was going to get anywhere near the #7 spot in the draft.  Crazy talk, I tell you.

That's quite a bit different from the poll here at the Daily Norseman.  Jamaal Anderson, who leads on the board above, is a distant fifth in our poll with 132 districts reporting in.  Brady Quinn currently tops our board. . .but, to be honest, I really don't think he's going to be around at #7 any more.  In fact, I think he goes no later than #4 to Tampa, depending on who Crazy Al takes at #1.

Having said that, there's a pretty good scrum going on for the second spot on our list.  LaRon Landry currently holds that position with 26 votes (19% of the votes cast), but right behind him are both Adrian Peterson (24 votes, 18%) and Gaines Adams (23 votes, 17%).  And you know. . .as crazy as this is going to sound. . .I'm warming to the idea of possibly taking Adrian Peterson in that spot, despite having signed Chester Taylor last off-season.  Why?

  1. Chester isn't exactly making what we'd call big-time money.  His base salary for 2007 is $2.4 million, and $3 million for both 2008 and 2009.
  2. Teams are showing that having two solid backs in this league is a huge advantage.  Take a look at the Colts with Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes, the Chargers with LaDanian Tomlinson and Michael Turner, the Saints with Deuce McAlister and Reggie Bush, the Giants with Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs, and so on.  In my opinion, Peterson's shown enough versatility to allow the Vikings to use him and Taylor in the same way the Saints use Bush and McAlister.  It could help to mask our shortcomings at the WR position if teams had to defend both Taylor and Peterson at the same time.
  3. This is Mewelde Moore's contract year. . .and as much as I love the guy, he's probably never going to be a featured back in this league.  His role in the NFL is as a 3rd down guy and occasional runner.
  4. The strength of the Vikings' offense is clearly the running game.  With Peterson and Taylor taking turns in the backfield, along with occasionally mixing in Moore and Ciatrick Fason, the Vikings would have four quality runners that could handle the load and could surely wear down opposing defenses.  Again, this would take the pressure off of Tarvaris Jackson and help the Vikings' offense to perform markedly better than it did last season.
So there you go. . .I've always thought that Anderson or Landry or Adams would all be solid picks at the #7 spot for Minnesota, but now we can throw Adrian Peterson into the mix, too.  If Quinn, Russell, Calvin Johnson and Joe Thomas all go in the Top 4 picks (as I expect them to), then at least two of those four players will be available when the Vikings make their pick. . .if they don't trade down, which is something I feel would be a solid option as well.

That's all for now, folks. . .remember the Podcast tonight, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!