Reviewing Mock Draft, Clausen Prediction

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 10:26 am

Before we get too far into thinking about today’s 2nd and 3rd rounds, let’s take a quick look back at how well we did on the 1st ever Mock Draft and also – unfortunately – my prediction on former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen.

Let’s start with Clausen and get that thing out of the way. I was way off. Following the Donovan McNabb trade that sent him from Philadelphia to Washington, Don Banks of adjusted his mock draft to have Clausen falling to the Vikings at #30. Others soon joined Banks in making that projection.  That prompted me to blog a few times that Clausen would not fall that far because too many teams selecting in front of the Vikings had a need at QB and wouldn’t allow the talented QB to fall out of the 1st round.

As it turns out, Clausen did free fall and in fact fell all the way out of the 1st round. So those who predicted Clausen would land with the Vikings at #30 were also wrong. But I was more wrong. Clausen is still available and that’s perhaps the main storyline heading into Day 2 of the 2010 NFL Draft. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes – Minnesota? Buffalo? We’ll see.

Anyway, on to the 1st ever Mock Draft, which was a consensus mock draft compiled by content intern CJ Siewert, Ryan Cardinal of and yours truly. All things considered, I’m pleased with how it turned out. While we pegged just 4 players with their new team, we did hit 24 1st round picks out of the 29 predictions we made (we left Vikings, Colts and Saints picks blank). The 5 players were projected to go in the 1st round who actually fell out of the round were: G Jon Asamoah, OT Bruce Campbell, Clausen, OLB/DE Sergio Kindle and Taylor Mays

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22 Responses to “Reviewing Mock Draft, Clausen Prediction”

  1. By Riley on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings need a QB. The club says every year how they are impressed with Tavaris Jackson’s progress. If you go by his “progress report”, he should be one of the best QBs in the league. Get a QB. Colt McCoy, Jimmy Clausen, or Pike from Cinncinnati are all good choices for the 2nd pick of the 2nd round. Sheppard will be a great addition to the Def. secondary so concentrate on the QB situation and then an RB.

  2. By thrila on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Dont do it Clausen is a cancer

  3. By medicineball on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings should draft Tyler Sheehan, quarterback, Bowling Green. He will probably sign with the Bengals if he isn’t drafted. Sheehan will probably be available in the 6th round.

  4. By Bone on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I agree in the finding of a QB in this draft. If we can get Favre back what better tutor to teach a young QB give the rookie a seat on the bench and let Favre show him how its done.

  5. By Kal on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply


    ……take Mays

  6. By TOM on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, what do you think of Pike, when do you think he might go?

  7. By Benny on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    This is a Question? What about drafting McCoy 2 round and Jason Shipley 3-4 round? Shipley is a slot receiver and has a small stature, maybe a new Wes Welker? They were great with the Longhorns and maybe they can adjust better to NFL life together! I am from Norway and don`t get to se many NFL games so I go to and get updated on my favoritt team (VIKINGS FOREVER)! Anyway i hope we get the players we need!

  8. By TOM on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    We need “D”

  9. By PurplePeopleEater on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    We don’t need a receiver, espescially not a slot receiver. Percy is the guy for that job. If we pick up another receiver anywhere this offseason, I want it to be a guy who can really stretch the field AND force the defense to respect his skills. Berrian didn’t appear to do that at all last year, but maybe he will again now that his leg has had plenty of time to heal up.

    With the projected first rounders still available from the list above, it looks like a great idea to trade back another 4 places if we can and pick up a guy like Kindle or Mays (or one of the offensive linemen if they’ve been scooped up) and then add some more strength to the team with a couple more quality mid-draft picks added from the trade.

  10. By mel vork on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    We have needs much greater than QB. OL, CB, S, DT MLB areareas that should be addressed. And Claussen is WAY overrated!

  11. By Seth on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Pick Clausen!! I cant believe he is still available. He is the next Brett Favre.

  12. By DanB on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I am absolutely STUNNED the Vikes traded out of the first round and are risking not getting a franchise QB. Clausen is the best QB in this draft, and to get him at 30 is perhaps the greatest value and steal pick I’ve ever seen. And the Vikes PASSED. It saddens me to see the Vikes regress in their drafting strategies after such a good record the past few seasons. Favre comes back or not, Vikes need a franchise QB of tomorrow, and Clausen SHOULD be that guy.

  13. By PurplePeopleEater on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    DanB – We only traded back 4 picks. There was nobody within that range that is going to take a 1st round QB. The Lions just grabbed Stafford at pick #1 last year. The Colts still have Manning well protected for years to come. The Saints just won the Superbowl with Brees, and the Rams just selected Bradford with the #1 overall pick this year.

    So, even if QB is a huge concern for us this is a brilliant move. Both of the QBs will still be there when our turn comes up tonight, and the trade value will be that much higher when our turn comes around (the second pick of round 2).

  14. By Mike on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    McCoy is a “once is a life time player”. He’s been groomed for the NFL since birth. Come on, his parents named him “COLT McCOY”. Need I say more?

  15. By vikeforever on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I like the strategy they are using as far as trading that 30the pic for other draft choices. There is a glaring reason why these QB.s are falling into the 2nd round. SO, when all said and done we will get our needs and that qb without having to pay them 1st round monies in order to keep our nucleus together for future runs at the championship, GO VIKES !!

  16. By kevin on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    i agree we do need a franchise qb mcoy,pike,claussen we have nine picks today i would love to have claussen and pike both are exceptional along with mays or price i thinkthey adressed some lofty needs but qb is an absolute must ABSOLUTE!!!!!

  17. By Randy on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    i love how people say we dont need a QB. name one team that had a sub par QB and still won a super bowl? The only one you can say is the 01 ravens, and thats because they had the best defense in NFL History. We are not going to be a good team with career backups like T-Jack and Sage Rosenfels. We need a QB for the future. Brett Favre isnt going to be around forever and with as deep as a draft as this is i think McCoy or Clausen need to be put in purple and gold.

  18. By JimmyG on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    If the Vikes don’t take Clausen or McCoy with the 34th pick, it will be the biggest waste of a draft pick EVER. Both have great upsides. Clausen might fit a little better than McCoy, as McCoy is not a Cold Weather QB. Yes, Clausen is from California, but played his college ball in South Bend. Clausen would be a good fit for this team. Here are the best 5 Available: Clausen, Kindle, Brown, Dunlap, and Washington in my eyes. With McCoy at 6th. Kindle and Washington not needed because we have good Linebackers in Greenway and Leber, Brown would be an decent pick, but i see the Rams taking him with the 33rd(if they don’t trade it away), and with Allen and Edwards, there is no need for Dunlap. Leaving Clausen. They would get a 1st round guy for 2nd round Money. Hearing Mays name wouldn’t shock me, but as a Lifelong Vikings fan, i would love to hear: With the 34th Pick Of the NFL Draft, The Minnesota Vikings Choose Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame.

  19. By Joan on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I want to know what the Vikings are doing to improve their offensive line. Shouldn’t they pick up some offensive players. Brett shouldn’t come back if they don’t pick up some players to help him out. When he was on his backside throughout most of the Saints Game I was just sickened. That was unacceptable. If they care about Brett at all they will get rid of the lazy players and pick up great offensive players too.

  20. By leonard on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    the vikes still have the secound pick in round four, two picks in the 5th,one in the 6th and 2 in the 7th round. I would select QB Jevan Snead from ole Miss with one of there 5th round picks. I seem to remember another young average Ole Miss QB that will be in the hall of fame, and he was our QB last year and hopefuly this year to. Snead is a proven winner and will excell at the pro level given time and one on one QB coaching at the pro level. Jevan has thrown a lot of INT’s but so did Brett early on.

  21. By leonard on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I hope the Vikes take Kam Chancellor Free Safety from V-Tech. He would be a perfect fit in the cover 2 scheme. At 6.3″ and 231 pounds he will be a punisher, another Ronie Lott.

  22. By leonard on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    5th round a wide reciever to stretch the defence Jacoby Ford 4.24 40

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