The Vikings Options At Pick #34

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 2:37 pm

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…

Trade back
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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18 Responses to “The Vikings Options At Pick #34”

  1. By brad on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    ithink get jimmy and have him wait a year,not that many good backs com’n up next year!it isn’t like ur sittin a first round pick now!get jimmy for after the legend retires,plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. By brad on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    plz get jimmy,it will be a great 2nd round pick,he will only grow into the system!

  3. By jimboslice on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Mike, Do ya think the Vikes will pull the trigger and go after Albert Haynesworth and do you think he would be a good fit. I think he would be a great pick-up to add another brick in the Williams Wall.

  4. By Superfan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    COLT MCCOY would be a perfect fit for the west coast offense. super accurate good footwork great character. it would be foolish for the vikings to allow him to slip by!!!!

  5. By Brady on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    all we are missing is a stud safety……….madieu williams is garbage……..draft Taylor Mays pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease be smart

  6. By Superfan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply


  7. By Ash on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I think the smartest thing for the vikings to do is draft Colt McCoy or Clausen. We don’t need a QB to be ready this year, we need them to be ready next year. I think what they did yesterday shows that that is exactly what they are going to do. It also might be smart to give away our extra seventh round pick and switch our early fourth round pick with someone so we can go in the second again earlier and get Mays… those are our two biggest concerns in my opinion, someone to fill in for safety and someone for the future of the football team…. By the way, it broke my heart to see Teabow go so early and not come to us…. I have had a lot of faith in that guy, and I think he will end up being way better than Bradford. He has a lot of heart

  8. By Lance on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry Taylor Mays is just an undersized LB. I don’t think it wise to draft him. Nate Allen would be best if we go with a Safty. Also we don’t need a QB this year. Next years Draft looks to have more promising QB’s.

    Draft Nate Allen at 34, Trade 62 for Haynesworth, 3rd round pick up LB Brandon Spikes to help the MLB issue if EJ is still injured.

  9. By Ben on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I agree Lance, Go for Haynesworth from the Redskins, I would be ecstatic if we got him, people are saying that is too high for haynesworth haha if so just swap draft picks with the redskins in a later round to make it ‘even’ lol
    In the 34th pick Id likr Cook, I think allen is good but at 34th overall pick is too high for him, maybe drop back some?

  10. By Lance on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I like Cook. He is a good CB. If we didn’t pick up sheppard I’d be agree 100% with cook at 34. Only thing to me that makes sense is we need help at Safty. Nate Allen to me is the only good one worthy at 34. Mays to me needs to much work and could be a huge bust.

  11. By Richard on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Give me Taylor Mays plz…. One guy said he is just an undersized linebacker…. Then why does he run a 4.3 40 at 235 lbs….. His only weakness is tightness in his hips and relying too much on his natural ability which sometimes leads to mistakes… Both problems can be fixed… U cant deny his size and speed… His potential ceiling is a bit low but who cares he is an absolute punisher who could start for our team right now…. Why build for the future when we have the squad to win now

  12. By Nat on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Why would any of you want a player like Haynesworth? If you think he is a good fit then you don’t know much about him.

    Also, check his contract. They would be dumb to pay that salary.

  13. By Gooch on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Please pick Jimmy, he will be ready if Favre doesn’t come back and if he(Favre) does only thing Jimmy will do is get better…We got Lito for the secondary maybe should have made some more off-season moves before the draft!

  14. By TOM on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Nat, you beat me to it. Does anyone know about Pike, could he be the QB we need? I never folowed him, when is he projected?

  15. By Brady on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    i hope we lose every game….Chris cook? really vikings front office this is your big plan? idiots

  16. By TOM on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Good pick, athletic corner, we need that

  17. By Eric on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    You have to be kidding me, Taylor Mays is still in the draft. And we didn’t take him…. We have 5 already great corners, and we wasted a pick on Chris Cook. Thank God you didn’t Pick Jimmy though.

  18. By tj on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    we need to pick a qb, one more season of the nfl officals letting favre get pummled and we get stuck with t jac and we already know that that really isn’t gonna get any better. If they pick a qb they better pick one that can scramble cause with mc kinny still in the line hes gonna half to run alot

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