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What Draft Picks Do The Vikings Have Left?

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on April 22, 2010 – 9:56 pm

After conducting a trade with the Lions that saw the Vikings move out of the 1st round, here are the Vikings remaining 2010 draft picks:

Round 2, Pick 2 (34) (From Lions)
Round 2, Pick 30 (62)
Round 3, Pick 29 (93)
Round 4, Pick 2 (100) (From Lions)
Round 5, Pick 30 (161)
Round 5, Pick 36 (167) (Compensatory selection)
Round 6, Pick 30 (199)
Round 7, Pick 7 (214) (From Browns through Lions)
Round 7, Pick 30 (237)


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Vikings Trade 1st Rounder To Detroit

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2010 – 8:51 pm

The Vikings have traded their 1st round pick – #30 overall – to the Detroit Lions in exchange for the Lions 2nd round pick – 34th overall – as well as their 7th round pick (#214).  The two teams also swapped 4th round picks, so the Vikings have Detroit’s 4th round pick (#100 overall) and the Lions take Minnesota’s 4th round pick (#128 overall).

We’ll have much more on this trade tonight.

Be sure to stick here on vikings.com for more information and for a possible press conference with Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman.


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Who’s Left At The Half-Way Point?

Posted by cjsiewert on April 22, 2010 – 7:37 pm

The first 19 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft have now been decided with some of the more obvious selections coming early – Sam Bradford at #1 followed by DTs Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.

Some movement occurred between the 11th and 13th picks with San Francisco moving up 2 spots from 13 to 11, selecting Rutgers OT Anthony Davis.  Miami traded the 12th overall pick to San Diego, where the Chargers took RB Ryan Matthews and Philadelphia moved into the 13th spot picking up LB Brandon Graham.

With the Vikings set to make their 1st selection at the #30 spot, here’s a look at a few of the top remaining players left on the board:

QB – Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame; Colt McCoy, Texas; Tim Tebow, Florida

G/C – Jon Asamoah, Illinois

ILB – Sean Lee, Penn State; Brandon Spikes, Florida

RB – Jahvid Best, California; Toby Gerhart, Stanford; Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss; Joe McKnight, USC

OT – Bryan Bulaga, Iowa; Bruce Cambell, Maryland; Charles Brown, USC

OLB – Sergio Kindle, Texas; Jerry Hughes, TCU

WR – Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State; Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech; Arrelious Benn, Illinois

DE – Jared Odrick, Penn State; Everson Griffen, USC

CB – Kyle Wilson, Boise State; Devin McCourtney, Rutgers; Patrick Robinson, Florida State

TE – Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma

DT – Dan Williams, Tennessee; Terrance Cody, Alabama; Brain Price, UCLA

S – Taylor Mays, USC; Nate Allen, Florida State; Major Wright, Florida


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More Talk Of Clausen Falling In 1st Round

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2010 – 5:31 pm

Following the trade of Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins, Don Banks of SI.com had QB Jimmy Clausen falling all the way to the Vikings #30, which prompted me to blog that Clausen wouldn’t fall that far.

I was convinced that too many teams in front of the Vikings had a need at QB and also that those teams who didn’t use their original 1st round pick on Clausen might eventually trade back into the 1st round to grab him once he started to slide. Then, in the 1st ever vikings.com Mock Draft, we slotted Clausen going in the top 10 and many of the other “final” mock drafts also had Clausen going well before the Vikings at #30.

But today the tide changed again and much of the talk was of Clausen falling to #30. In his mock draft, highly-respected NFL writer Rick Gosselin had Clausen falling to #30 and the Vikings choosing the former Notre Dame QB. If that were to happen, the Vikings would have an interesting situation on their hands. If they liked Clausen, he was theirs. If they didn’t like him, surely they could find a trading partner and move back while also acquiring more picks.

With all of that said, I remained convinced that Clausen won’t fall all the way to #30. I’ve been wrong before and I will be wrong again – this I realize – but it would be surprising to me to see Clausen fall that far. It can be argued he’s the most NFL-ready QB in this year’s class.

Anyway, it’s time to start the draft so we’ll quit talking about it and see what actually happens.


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Talent To Be Found At Pick #30

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2010 – 4:51 pm

The good thing about picking 30th overall, which the Vikings will do in this year’s draft, is that you are coming off a great season. The bad thing is that typically the elite talent in a draft class is usually gone by the time the end of Round 1 comes around.

But that doesn’t mean teams selecting in the late stages of the 1st round can’t acquire talent with their pick. In doing some quick research, I found that the Vikings have picked 30th overall once in Round 1 and selected WR Bill Miller. The Vikings also chose QB Fran Tarkenton in 1961 with the 29th overall selection.

There’s optimism to take in as we wait for the draft to start and then for 29 other selections to go down. In the past 5 drafts, some pretty talented players have been taken with the 30th overall pick.

2009: WR Kenny Britt (Tennessee)
2008: TE Dustin Keller (NY Jets)
2007: WR Craig Davis (San Diego)
2006: RB Joseph Addai (Indianapolis)
2005: TE Heath Miller (Pittsburgh)

Just some food for thought as we wait tonight for the Vikings to make their pick. With the exception of Davis in San Diego, that list of players is a productive one.


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Draft Time Nearing

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2010 – 4:22 pm

As of the posting of this entry, we are about an hour away from the commencement of the 2010 NFL Draft. For the 1st time ever, the draft will be a 3-day event, with the 1st round tonight and the 2nd round tomorrow night. Rounds 4-7 will be on Saturday morning/afternoon.

The Vikings have 8 picks in the 7-round draft, including the 30th selection in the opening round. Then we’ll have tonight and all day tomorrow to review what happened in Round #1 and also speculate about what’ll happen in Rounds 2-7.

Here are the other 7 picks the Vikings currently possess:

2nd round: #62 overall
3rd round: #93 overall
4th round: #128 overall
5th round: #161 overall and #167 overall
6th round: #199 overall
7th round: #237 overall


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Setting The Table For Draft Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2010 – 12:31 pm

Draft day is finally here and all of the speculation finally ends – for the 1st round, anyway.

In just a matter of hours we’ll find out what the Vikings are going to do with their 1st round pick (#30 overall). Will they take a QB? Or will they address a defensive spot? Maybe they’ll trade up or trade back. There are a number of different ways it could go and soon we’ll finally find out.

In the meantime, though, we’re glad you’re here on vikings.com because we have you covered for everything pertaining to the Vikings during the NFL draft. The NFL’s schedule release on Tuesday and the Vikings signing of CB Lito Sheppard have given us other news to think about, so be sure to check out our coverage of those events. Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen and I broke down the Vikings schedule and then both CJ and I shared some thoughts on the Sheppard signing.

Also, check out the 1st ever vikings.com Mock Draft and then head over to the vikings.com Draft Central page to make sure you’re up-to-date on all the latest developments.

When it’s time for the draft to begin, be sure to join us for a vikings.com live chat that will last through the Vikings 1st round pick later tonight.

That’s it for now but we’ll have updates constantly throughout today so be sure to stick here on vikings.com and the vikings.com Blog.


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Sheppard Signing Adds More Stability At CB

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2010 – 9:29 am

Many football followers woke up Wednesday morning still anticipating the Vikings would select a CB in the 1st round of the 2o10 NFL Draft on Thursday evening. But by Wednesday evening, the Vikings had already added a 1st round CB – former Philadelphia Eagle and New York Jet Lito Sheppard.

Drafted by the Eagles in the 1st round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Sheppard has had a solid 9-year NFL career that has included Pro Bowl selections in 2005 and 2006 and then an All-Pro selection in 2004. In 104 career games and 70 starts with the Eagles and Jets, Sheppard has 19 career INTs and 3 TDs and he is also the 1st player in NFL history to post 2 INTs with returns of 100-plus yards.

Credentials such as those make Sheppard a great fit for the Vikings because both starting CBs – Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield – are recovering from significant injuries sustained in 2009. While Asher Allen and Benny Sapp filled in well last season, there’s no doubt the addition of Sheppard adds stability to the position as well as a player with vast starting experience in the NFL. Sheppard started every game for the Eagles from 2004 to 2007 and was a starter on teams that won 4 NFC East Division titles and appeared in Super Bowl XXXIX.

“He’s a hard worker and he wants to be the best at his position and his craft,” said Vikings WR Greg Lewis, who played with Sheppard in Philadelphia from 2003 to 2008. “He likes competition, so any time you put all of those traits together you have a good player.”

Lewis, who said Sheppard is a good teammate who will fit in well with the Vikings, recalled practicing against and playing with the CB often in Philadelphia.

“He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win games,” Lewis continued. “He was on a Super Bowl team and he wants to get that ring just like everybody else here.

“Hopefully Antoine and Ced come back as soon as possible, but having Sapp and Lito and Ash there is always good. They are guys with experience. I think it’s a great signing.”


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Will Sheppard Signing Affect Vikings 1st Round Selection?

Posted by cjsiewert on April 22, 2010 – 6:15 am

With news of CB Lito Sheppard signing with the Vikings late Wednesday afternoon, new speculation has begun on who the Vikings will select with the 30th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The strong consensus among draft pundits before the Sheppard signing was that the Vikings would select a CB in the 1st round due to the fact that Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield are recovering from injuries and may not be available for the start of the 2010 season.  Signing Sheppard has indeed alleviated concerns with the Purple’s secondary and now has draftniks re-evaluating the Vikings 1st round selection.

Will they take a QB to mold under the tutelage of Brett Favre?  Will they select a LB or defensive lineman to bolster the defensive front?  Or will they draft another CB to add depth to a newly beefed-up secondary?

What I take from this signing is that it gives the Vikings more ammunition to acquire what they really want with their 1st overall selection.

The Vikings are a team built to win this season.  With a solid core of players on the current roster, the Vikings could possibly use pick #30 to trade down with another team.  Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman mentioned yesterday in the pre-draft press conference that they are not going to reach for a player to simply fill a position, but rather take the best available player on their board.

I mention that the Vikings could trade down mainly on the basis of all the hype surrounding Florida QB Tim Tebow.  I don’t see the Vikings taking Tebow in the 1st round, but if he is still available when it comes time for the Vikings selection, they could trade with another team that really wants the former Heisman Trophy winner.

This year’s crop of defensive players runs deep in many different positions and trading down to gain possibly another 2nd round pick wouldn’t hurt.  I could be wrong here.  This is just one blogger’s opinion on yet another exciting offseason move.

What do you take from the signing in regard to the Vikings 1st overall selection? Share your thoughts in the comments section below this entry.

Also, be sure to check out vikings.com’s 1st ever Mock Draft and voice your opinion.


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