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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings: Full 7 Round Mock

Can the Vikigns Steal Lester in the Second Round?

We here at NFLmocks are all football all the time. One of the things I enjoy doing is full team mock drafts for all the teams. With a few team mock drafts already completed I thought I’d give another one a go, the Minnesota Vikings. Right now the Vikings have all of their draft picks and an extra seventh. I like what the Vikings did in the draft last (outside the first round) and think another solid draft could have them right back on track.

I’m going to assume the Vikings are picking around 8th, which I think is fair. If they lost tonight they will be 2-7, but are a better team than a few of the other losing teams.

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1st Round: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford Cardinal

I think there are only two real possibilities here that match this pick with value and need and that’s going to be a LT like Jonatham martin, Riley Reiff, Mike Adams (Chad Reuter heard from scouts he could end up in top 10 seems high for me), or a WR like Justin Blackmon, Alshon Jefferey, Michael Floyd. It just makes too much sense to do otherweise. Percy Harvin has shwon he’s a nice weapon, but he’s not a number one wide receiver. And the Vikings really need a LT to protect Christian Ponder. It’s one or the other.

2nd round: Robert Lester, S, Alabama

I think that either T.J. McDonald or Robert Lester could be available at this point, and if so the Vikings should pounce on one of them to get value and also fill a need for the Vikings. The Vikings are going to have the next decade trying to cover Calvin Johnson Jr. and Titus Young

 

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3rd Round:Marvin McNutt, Iowa

Based on this daft class’s depth at the Wide receiver position I think the Vikings can feel comfortable going WR here in the third round, unless a player they really like is here. Here they grab a player we like a lot at NFLmocks, Marvin McNutt. Mcnutt is tall and has deceptive speed to get down the field. I’ve compared him to Jordy Nelson, Sayre has compared him to a poor man’s Hakeem Nicks. I think ideally the Vikings would love to land Dwight Jones in the second round, but I think he’ll be gone. I like Mohamed Sanu a lot, but he’s like a bigger Percy harvin and could be gone by this point as well. So they turn to Mcnutt who has the body positioning skills and length to make plays over the top.

4th round: Ryan Steed, CB, Furman.

The best player you’ve never heard of. Steed is absolutely dominating the competition he’s facing at Fruman. This is a passing league at corneback talent it is at a premium. With Chris Cooks “issues” and Antoine Winfield’s age the Vikings need to consider adding cornerback talent early. Steed will need time to adjust to the higher competition level, but he’ll blossom into a very quality cornerback in the N.F.L.

5th round: Lucas Nix, G, Pittsburgh

Nix is 6’6 310 pounds and has been a versatile offensive linemen for the Pitt Panthers. The Vikings don’t just have issues at LT they have issues along their offensive line with both depth and talent issues. Nix can help alleviate that problem a little bit. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Vikings draft offensive linemen in many rounds in this draft.

6th round: Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State

Baker has been inconsistent in his time at Michigan State but has flashed. When you get to this point in the N.F.L. draft, all teams want to do is find players who can mak erosters and hopefully contribute on Special teams. Teams can’t be looking for starters at this point because often they will be disappointed. Baker has a shot at playing at the N.F.L. level which is why he is the pick here.

7th round: Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida Gators

I haven’t excluded Jenkins yet, but he is a redshirt sophmore who is likely to return for his junior season. He’s a fast udnersized linebacker who could find a home in the N.F.L. because of his uncommon abilities. He’s likely to return and try to boost his draft stock, he was once a very highly recruited player. At this point the Vikings will be looking for LB depth and players hwo can contribute on special teams

7th round: Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College.

A rough season has really dropped Fletcher’s draft status. In chatting with the BC webpage Soaring to Glory he described Fletcher as a guy who has good ball skills, but is not great in coverage. He has excellent size and is fairly talented though and is worth the risk here.

Thoughts Vikings fans?

I also know that with the loss of Syndey Rice and Ray Edwards the Vikings are likely to end up with a third round compensatory pick, but I didn’t want to speculate on that right now.

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Topics: 2012 Nfl Mock Draft, Jonathan Martin, Marvin Mcnutt, Minnesota Vikings, Robert Lester

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  • ChrisHylton

    Sounds good… but I think the Vikings should draft a WR 1st round. Someone who explodes down field for ponder to toss it to. Someone Randy Moss like.

  • RonnyHurd

    Wide receivers aren’t going to protect young developing quarterbacks.

  • ChrisHylton

    @RonnyHurd. If the Vikings get a WR 1st round, ponder and that WR would develop together. Think of it like Dalton and green in Cincinnati.

  • RonnyHurd

    @ChrisHylton The difference between Ponder and Dalton is that Dalton actually has a solid stability on the offensive line. When ever you have a young developing quarterback like Ponder, you want to provide him with protection for the next 10 years.

  • ChrisHylton

    @RonnyHurd. I understand that, hut if he has no one to throw too, it doesn’t matter how long you protect him if he doesnt have anyone who can get open down field with speed. Ponder needs to have someone who can go deep for them pa fakes to AP.

  • RonnyHurd

    @ChrisHylton I’m pretty sure they can find a lot of talented receivers in the second and third rounds of the draft.

  • ChrisHylton

    @RonnyHurd same could be said about offense line players.

  • Jesse Bartolis

    I think you’re both right. It’ll come down to one or the other. They need both. They need OL help and they need WR Help. Which are they going to like more the available WR (Blackmon or Jefferey) or the available OL (Martin, Kalil if they are picking higher, Mike Adams, Riley Reiff?)

    I’d be shocked if they don’t go OL or WR

  • KeithR.Henderson

    i like it. i just want us to have weapons on both sides of the ball

  • NFL Knowledge

    I know our secondary is awful but don’t forget MLB EJ Henderson could be a FA after this season and if he returns he is getting up there in age so I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Vikes snagged a LB at some point in the draft, but I hope the Vikes get Dwight Jones with our 2nd pick but I have seen him go in the early first as well as a late 2nd round pick so who knows til after the Combine

  • NFL Knowledge

    I know our secondary is awful but don’t forget MLB EJ Henderson could be a FA after this season and if he returns he is getting up there in age so I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Vikes snagged a LB in one of the first 4 rounds in the draft, but I hope the Vikes get Dwight Jones with our 2nd pick but I have seen him go in the early 1st round as well as a late 2nd round pick so who knows til after the Combine. But as for our 1st round pick as a fan I would love to get a top CB to stabilize our secondary but as much as I hate to say it as a fan a LT in the 1st round would be quite useful to the Vikes

  • labatanga

    This is probably one of the better ‘mocks,’ I’ve seen when considering the Vikes. I like the picks. I like the idea of going with a LT/OL in the 1st round. You can find value in WR in later rounds…I like Dwight Jones, but McNutt would be a decent consolation prize if Jones goes earlier in the draft. I like the idea of picking either a FS/SS in an early round…although, I’m not sure how much value there is. There is a SS from Notre Dame, Harrison Smith, who reminds me of Jim Leonhard…I think he would be great value in a late round. Remember, the Vikes have Minstral Raymond at FS who they are very high on. (not sure if that is a good thing….)

    I like the pick of Ryan Sneed. He’s been on my radar for a bit, but he would be an excellent pick in the 4th round.

    • http://NFLmocks.com Jesse Bartolis

      Thanks, I appreciate the positive feedback

  • wptomu24

    Id honestly like to see the vikings go LT 1st Rd (Kalil or Martin) CB 2nd Rd honestly too early to tell who will fall but there are about 7-8 corners projected to the first round and I dont see all of them going. Id love to see Stephen Gilmore slip he’d be great in the vikings coverage scheme or maybe Alphonzo Denard who’s been falling as of late and then in the 3rd Round C go either Michael Brewster or Peter Konz if they are there, a lot of people claim the vikes need to fix the offensive line which I agree and where better to start than at LT and the general position of the whole line the Center. Round 4,5,7,7 WR/DB/G all of those postions can be addressed there in no particular order. I think WR will be fixed in free agency though.

  • DaxQuatemaine

    interesting picks though teh Vikes dont need a RB. 1st 4 rounds in no particular order are OT WR G CB. Looks like they will get a shot at Kalil or Blacmon. Should strongly consider trading down as this team has no depth. A couple of compensatory picks will allow them to fill other neads. If they get the right OT they can move Johnson to Guard. Put Hutch on waivers and get rid of his contract. He is yesterday. They will need to sign at least one free agent. I dont see a good receiver (or any good player) joining this organization so it might be tough. I predict they get a saftey orf CB of decent skill. If the above takes place smooth;y they should win 6-7 games and

    by that time It will be adios Frazier.

  • lbelti

    @wptomu24 the vikes dont need a center this year their most concistant and productive lineman has been Sullivan