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 vikings.com 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 SI.com 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 vikings.com Mock Draft, which was a consensus mock draft compiled by vikings.com content intern CJ Siewert, Ryan Cardinal of vikings.com 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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