Time for a community mock. We’ll do a pick a day until we reach Seattle at #12. There will be four options to choose from for each selection, and we’ll extend it for the Seahawks choice. We’re going to start at #3 today, considering it’s a nailed on certainty that Indianapolis will draft Andrew Luck and Washington will take Robert Griffin III. The purpose for this is to get a general feeling of the SDB community and explore a situation where it’s not just one man’s opinion on who will be available at #12.
So first up – the Minnesota Vikings.
Most projectionists have the Vikings drafting Matt Kalil with the #3 pick. Left tackle is a big need for Minnesota and the position has taken premium status in the modern NFL. Even if you ignore all of that, Kalil might be the best player remaining on the board. It’d be close with Trent Richardson, but with Adrian Peterson already on the roster (albeit returning from a knee injury) the Vikings probably won’t be drafting a running back here. Christian Ponder suffered with injury issues at Florida State and Minnesota needs to make sure he’s well protected in the NFL. Kalil has the potential to grow into one of the elite pass protectors in the NFL. Really, it should be a no-brainer.
But what are the other options, for the sake of due diligence? Minnesota has a need at cornerback, so Morris Claiborne could be on the radar. Leslie Frasier is a defensive minded coach and if he feels strongly enough about the LSU prospect, he might be able to persuade the front office to go in a different direction. Even then, I suspect his priority will be to protect the team’s quarterback investment. The Vikings also need to find more playmakers, despite having Peterson and Percy Harvin on the roster. They lack a true #1 receiver having lost Sidney Rice in free agency last year, so would they consider Justin Blackmon? Drafting Trent Richardson would be a complete luxury, but can we 100% rule out the Vikings going in that direction after Peterson’s injury? If any running back in recent history is good enough to at least ask the question, it’s Richardson.