As he does every Monday, our friend Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft put together his latest mock draft, with this one stretching out to two rounds. And in those two rounds, Dan has the Minnesota Vikings addressing both sides of the football at positions the Vikings have been widely thought to be interested in.
In the first round, Kadar has the Vikings grabbing Trae Waynes, the cornerback from Michigan State and the current dominant leader in our Mock Draft Database.
This pick is down to a coin flip between a cornerback and wide receiver. It's hard to see the Vikings going in another direction in the first round. Xavier Rhodes is obviously a high-level player, and Captain Munnerlyn is a solid slot cornerback, but after them the Vikings are light at the position. Waynes would fit perfectly in Mike Zimmer's defense. Against pass-heavy division rivals like Detroit and Green Bay, having two good outside corners is a necessity.
I honestly wouldn't have any problems with the Waynes pick if the board fell the way it does in the scenario that Kadar lays out. This team needs some more playmakers in the defensive backfield, and with as much flak as Waynes seems to take around these parts, he seems to be the consensus best player in the draft at the position. He would, in all likelihood, start right away and push Munnerlyn to a permanent slot role.
In the second round of his mock, Kadar moves his attention to the offensive side of the ball, and specifically the wide receiver position with the selection of Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess.
There are some flaws in Funchess' game, but he's dangerous when going up for the ball and after the catch.
Funchess is a big guy, measuring in at around 6'5" and 230 pounds. He started out as a tight end for the Wolverines, but moved to an outside receiver role in his last year in Ann Arbor, and projects to that position at the NFL level because his in-line blocking leaves quite a bit to be desired. With the way the Vikings' receiving corps is currently constructed, Funchess could present an interesting option in the red zone for the Vikings early on, as he would be a size mismatch for just about anybody.
What do you think of these two picks from the latest mock draft from the mothership, everyone?