The 2nd day of the 2010 NFL Draft gained some relevance for the Vikings last night when they consummated a trade with the Detroit Lions to slide back 4 picks to the top of the 2nd round. Now instead of picking a player at the end of round 1 and then waiting another entire round to choose again, the Vikings will choose 2nd in the 2nd round and then be on the clock again in the 2nd round with the 30th pick (they also moved up in the 4th round and gained an additional 7th round pick because of the trade).
So what are the Vikings options with the 2nd pick of the 2nd round? Let’s examine briefly…
Something not a lot of fans want to hear, but it is possible the Vikings trade back again to acquire more picks and find better value. If QB Jimmy Clausen is not taken with the 1st pick of the 2nd round, I think the Vikings will trade back. But if a team moves up into the St. Louis Rams spot at the top of the 2nd round, then I think the Vikings will take a player with the 2nd pick.
Draft Offensive Player
The popular pick might be Clausen, but my gut is that won’t be the pick. If the Vikings thought Clausen was their QB of the future, wouldn’t they have taken him at #30? Why trade back and risk someone moving ahead of you and grabbing him? But maybe Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman has a good idea that no one will jump ahead of them to take Clausen. They knew the Colts (#31) and Saints (#32) wouldn’t take him, and obviously St. Louis (#33) isn’t interested after taking Sam Bradford #1 overall. We’ll see.
If not Clausen, who else on offense might be a good fit for the Vikings? Well, there’s another QB garnering some attention – Colt McCoy. He’s not as NFL-ready as Clausen, but if Brett Favre comes back for 1 or more seasons, the Vikings wouldn’t need McCoy to be NFL ready for a year or 2. Other offensive players to watch include OTs Charles Brown from Southern Cal. and Rodger Saffold from the University of Indiana. There are a couple of other sneaky names the Vikings may be considering, but not at #34. If the Vikings trade out of #34, we’ll throw some of those names out there for you to chew on.
Draft Defensive Player
If the Vikings don’t trade out and they don’t choose Clausen, McCoy, an OT or any other offensive player, then they could use the 34th overall pick to enhance their defense. There are a couple of talented DTs still available – Lamarr Houston and Brian Price. A couple of secondary options are there, too – CB Chris Cook and S Taylor Mays. And there’s also DE Everson Griffen and LBs Sergio Kindle and Daryl Washington.
Or they could take someone not listed in any of the 3 paragraphs above. As we always say, time will tell.
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