In about four hours or so, we'll all be headed back to Chicago. . .through the magic of television, I mean. . .for Rounds Two and Three of the 2015 NFL Draft. Last night, the Minnesota Vikings filled their need at cornerback across from Xavier Rhodes with the selection of Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes. What will they do tonight? Well, they currently have picks #45 (second round) and #76 (third round), so let's take a look at some of the players that are still out there right now that they might be considering later on this evening.
I'm loosely basing this off of Arif's Consensus Big Board over at Vikings Territory.
Yeah, like the Vikings are taking a quarterback in the second or third round. (Teddy RULZ!) I just wanted to make sure everyone's paying attention. Moving right along.
1) Duke Johnson, Miami (FL)
2) Jay Ajayi, Boise State
3) Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
4) Tevin Coleman, Indiana
5) T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
I don't think the Vikings take a running back tonight. . .at least, I hope they don't. The homer in me wants to see them take Minnesota's own David Cobb, who they could probably pick up in the fourth round unless there's a real run on running backs at some point tonight. I certainly don't think they take one in the second, but the third is an outside possibility, I guess.
1) Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
2) Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
3) Devin Smith, Ohio State
4) Devin Funchess, Michigan
5) Sammie Coates, Auburn
The most talented wide receiver left is Dorial Green-Beckham. Given recent events, I don't expect the Vikings to get within a hundred miles of him. Strong will probably be the first or second player off the board this evening. Smith and Funchess would both be interesting, but for different reasons. . .Smith would make for a great deep threat, while Funchess would probably contribute right away as a red zone target.
1) Maxx Williams, Minnesota
2) Clive Walford, Miami (FL)
3) Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
4) Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
5) Ben Koyack, Notre Dame
MOAR TIGHT END? Probably not tonight. . .as much fun as a Maxx Williams/Kyle Rudolph pairing would be, I don't think the Vikings would pull the trigger on it.
1) La'el Collins, LSU
2) T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
3) Jake Fisher, Oregon
4) Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State
5) Donovan Smith, Penn State
I don't know if or when Collins is going to be drafted at this point. . .anyone think he might be worth a third, though? Honestly, at this point, I don't know what to make of the guy.
1) A.J. Cann, South Carolina
2) Ali Marpet, Hobart
3) Tre' Jackson, Florida State
4) Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah
5) John Miller, Louisville
Cann is a definite possibility for Round Two, in my opinion. He'd be plug-and-play at left guard. If they go somewhere else in Round Two, they could hope for Marpet to drop to the third, but I don't know if that will happen. Jackson wouldn't be a bad get, either.
1) Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
2) Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech
3) Andy Gallik, Boston College
4) Reese Dismukes, Aubun
5) B.J. Finney, Kansas State
The Vikings don't need a center, but Grassu and Mason could probably play guard. I wouldn't anticipate either of them being a Minnesota target, though.
1) Eddie Goldman, Florida State
2) Carl Davis, Iowa
3) Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma
4) Michael Bennett, Ohio State
5) Grady Jarrett, Clemson
The first three guys on this list are nose tackle types, while Bennett and Jarrett are 3-techniques. With Sharrif Floyd, Linval Joseph, Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen in the fold, I'm not sure how highly the Vikings have this prioritized. Not too highly, I wouldn't think.
1) Randy Gregory, Nebraska
2) Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA
3) Eli Harold, Virginia
4) Preston Smith, Mississippi State
5) Nate Orchard, Utah
I don't think there's any doubt that Gregory is the most talented player left on the board, but he's got some off-field issues (and not just the marijuana incident) that seem to be scaring people away. He probably doesn't make it to 45.
1) Eric Kendricks, UCLA
2) Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
3) Denzel Perryman, Miami (FL)
4) Paul Dawson, Texas Christian
5) Kwon Alexander, LSU
Kendricks could be classed at any of the linebacker spots, but we'll put him at the inside spot for ranking purposes here. I don't know how interested the team would be in Dawson after his off-field issues, but he might have the best middle linebacker instincts in this group. Any of the first four players on this list could be in play in the second round.
1) Jalen Collins, LSU
2) P.J. Williams, Florida State
3) Eric Rowe, Utah
4) Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH)
5) Ronald Darby, Florida State
Yeah, the Vikings aren't taking another corner in the second after taking one in the first. But there you go.
1) Landon Collins, Alabama
2) Jaquiski Tartt, Samford
3) Derron Smith, Fresno State
4) Cody Prewitt, Mississippi
5) Anthony Harris, Virginia Tech
Collins, Tartt, and Harris are more strong safety types, while Smith and Prewitt are free safeties. Part of me wants to see the Vikings take Collins so I can hear more of the ridiculous "Mark Barron 2.0" comparisons (which really are hilarious), but I don't know if he makes it to 45.
And there's a look at the best available players at each position going into Rounds Two and Three of the 2015 NFL Draft.