We’ve never published our own mock draft here on vikings.com, largely because we realize the NFL draft is as unpredictable an event as there is and trying to predict it is madness. But that changes this year.
Ryan Cardinal, CJ Siewert and yours truly got together late last week and came up with a consensus mock draft. After a few tweaks over the weekend and early this week in response to some player movement, the final product is now ready.
There’s a twist to our mock draft, though, because we stop at pick #30 and leave it up to the readers to make the Vikings pick in the comments section below this entry. Keep in mind who has already been taken and let us know who the Vikings should select with pick #30 in the 1st round.
|St. Louis||Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma|
|vikings.com: Plenty of needs here, but QB is the biggest of them all|
|Detroit||Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska|
|vikings.com: Could go 2 different ways here, but Suh is the choice over Russell Okung|
|Tampa Bay||Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma|
|vikings.com: Will McCoy bring back memories of Warren Sapp?|
|Washington||Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State|
|vikings.com: If Washington stays here, Okung or Trent Williams will protect McNabb|
|Kansas City||Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa|
|vikings.com: Could go with a S here, but Iowa standout Bulaga will be a popular pick|
|Seattle||Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma|
|vikings.com: Good value here and they replace Walter Jones (in case he retires)|
|Cleveland||Eric Berry – S – Tennessee|
|vikings.com: Tempting to go with Clausen, but Berry can come in and play, too|
|Oakland||Bruce Campbell – OT – Maryland|
|vikings.com: Combine warrior catches eye of Raiders|
|Buffalo||Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame|
|vikings.com: Finally an answer to the QB conundrum?|
|Jacksonville||Earl Thomas – S – Texas|
|vikings.com: Jaguars defense immediately improves|
|Denver||Mike Iupati – G – Idaho|
|vikings.com: Dez Bryant here? Maybe, but Iupati is a popular and practical choice|
|Miami||Sergio Kindle – OLB – Texas|
|vikings.com: Maybe a bit early, but Parcells loves this type of athlete|
|San Francisco||Joe Haden – CB – Florida|
|vikings.com: ’9ers can’t believe he fell this far|
|Seattle||CJ Spiller – RB – Clemson|
|vikings.com: Someone finally bites on tempting Spiller|
|NY Giants||Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee|
|vikings.com: Maybe LB McClain, but Williams shores up the middle of D-line|
|Tennessee||Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida|
|vikings.com: Reminds you of a young Jevon Kearse?|
|San Francisco||Brandon Graham – OLB/DE – Michigan|
|vikings.com: Hybrid 3-4 OLB/DE fits SF’s defense perfectly|
|Pittsburgh||Jon Asamoah – G – Illinois|
|vikings.com: Surprise pick here, but Pittsburgh wants to address inside OL|
|Atlanta||Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State|
|vikings.com: Falcons can’t believe Bryant’s still there and can’t resist|
|Houston||Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State|
|vikings.com: Looking to replace Dunta Robinson, Wilson might be a good choice|
|Cincinnati||Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech|
|vikings.com: Defensive-minded Marvin Lewis gives D-coordinator Mike Zimmer a toy|
|New England||Rolando McClain – ILB – Alabama|
|vikings.com: If they don’t trade out, Patriots take McClain to shore up LB corps|
|Green Bay||Maukice Pouncey – G/C – Florida|
|vikings.com: Packers put off adding 3-4 personnel to strengthen interior O-line|
|Philadelphia||Taylor Mays – S – Southern Cal|
|vikings.com: A talented player improves an aggressive and re-building defense|
|Baltimore||Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma|
|vikings.com: Huge talent here and Ravens add him to young QB Joe Flacco’s arsenal|
|Arizona||Jerry Hughes – OLB – TCU|
|vikings.com: Could go several ways here, but Arizona decides to fill up defense|
|Dallas||Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers|
|vikings.com: He’ll replace Flozell Adams and he’ll do well in Big D|
|San Diego||Ryan Matthews – RB – Fresno State|
|vikings.com: Sentimental pick who also fills a positional need|
|NY Jets||Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama|
|vikings.com: CB not quite a “need” here, but depth at that position is essential|
|***End of Round 1***|
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According to a report by ProFootballTalk, veteran CB Lito Sheppard is visiting the Vikings today at Winter Park. Sheppard, who spent most of his 8-year NFL career in Philadelphia with the Eagles, played last season for the Jets before they cut him earlier this year before he was due a larger roster bonus.
Between the fact that both of the Vikings starting corners (Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin) enter 2010 with potential injury concerns and the fact that Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress spent a considerable amount of time with Sheppard in Philly, the move seems to make some sense, but we’ll wait to see what — if anything — comes to fruition on this one.
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We’ve already passed along some initial schedule thoughts and we also got together with voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen to get his thoughts, but I had a few more to pass along this morning.
– There will be no shortage of talk about the Vikings-Saints season-opening game on Thursday, September 9. While that’s certainly a challenging way for the Vikings to open up their 2010 schedule, I think there’s an after-effect of that matchup that will aid the Vikings in Week 2.
The Miami Dolphins come to town to open the Vikings home schedule in Week 2, and since the Vikings play on the Thursday before the 1st Sunday of the regular season they’ll have a few extra days to get ready for Miami’s wildcat offense and 3-4 defense.
– There are no easy games in the NFL, but I see October 11-October 31 (@ Jets, vs. Cowboys, @ Packers, @ Patriots) being the toughest stretch of the schedule. As you can see, 3 of those 4 games are on the road and 2 of them are at night – the Vikings struggled with road prime time games in 2009.
– It will be an interesting season of holidays for the Vikings (and their entire traveling party) because for Halloween, Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas Day and New Years Day the team will be on the road with games at New England, Washington, Philadelphia and Detroit falling on or closely around those holidays.
– Before the schedule was released, I had concerns that some bitter-cold and nasty weather games could be in the offing for the Vikings because there are so many trips to the north and northeast, plus games in Chicago and Green Bay. But as it turns out, the only game that has a good chance of being nasty is the December 26 game at Philadelphia. The Vikings have 3 games in the friendly confines of Mall of America Field in December and then their road game in January is at Detroit, another domed environment.
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