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Vikings Round-By-Round Selections For 2011 NFL Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 26, 2011 – 7:10 am

NOTE: This blog entry was updated on March 26 to reflect the compensatory picks the NFL awarded the Vikings for losses the team suffered last year during free agency.  The “new picks” are in bold below.

With a season to forget fading quickly in the rear view mirror and with the pesky NFL labor situation dominating the headlines, the best thing to talk about and think about is the NFL draft and the excitement it can bring a franchise. It’s still a bit too early to start following mock drafts via our Mock Madness feature and I’m not ready to start zeroing in on preferred prospects.

In the meantime, though, here are some more details regarding the selections the Vikings hold for the 2011 NFL Draft. In a previous entry, we explained that the Vikings had picks in the 1st, 2nd and 4th rounds, two picks in the 5th round and then a selection in both the 6th and 7th rounds. The NFL recently released the actual pick each team has in those rounds. A list of the Vikings picks is provided below.

Keep in mind, though, that Compensatory Selections have not yet been determined. The Compensatory Selections are added at the ends of rounds 3-7. Also as some food for thought, here is a trivia question you can ask your friends. The Vikings have selected a player in the NFL draft with the #12 overall selection just one time in franchise history. Who is that player and in what year was he drafted by the Vikings? The answer is at the bottom of this blog entry.

Here is a round-by-round list of the Vikings selections…

1st round, 12th pick (#12 overall)
2nd round, 11th pick (#43 overall)
4th round, 9th pick
5th round, 8th pick
5th round, 19th pick (from NY Giants)
6th round, 7th pick
6th round, 35th pick
7th round, 13th pick
7th round, 35th pick

Answer to trivia question: Chuck Foreman in 1973


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208 Responses to “Vikings Round-By-Round Selections For 2011 NFL Draft”

  1. By Chaz on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    #12Akeem Ayers/ Nate Solder
    #43Andy Dalton

  2. By Carl K on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    #12 Mike Pouncey C/G
    #43 Pat Devlin QB
    4th round -DeAndre Mcdaniels safety- big talent that will fall because of character issues.

  3. By Carl K on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    We trade our second round 2012 pick for Orton and we move Webb to WR. Let Webb work in at QB in the red zone. Work with Pat Devlin and Rhett Bomar and Webb for a couple years and see if any one can step up and beat out Orton.
    Let AP carry the load. Superbowl is not far off.

  4. By Ham on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    You can’t trade the 2011 2nd rounder because there is no CBA, no trading so no Orton. Bomar is garbage, so is Nate Solder. There is no OL worthy of the 12 pick.

    And Webb isn’t going to be a WR anytime soon, he’s already planning on getting the WRs together to practice after the lockout. He’s already reviewed every one of his throws in 2 & 1/2 games, and his goal is to figure out what went wrong on all of his misreads to correct them. Frazier said Webb has some of the qualities he’s looking for and he wants to give him a chance to exhibit the rest of those qualities.

  5. By Carl K on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    2012….. after this year’s draft and after a new cba agreement, but before the start of the next football season.. very simple.

  6. By Carl K on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    @ham- I agree- Webb is at a very big advantage right now because of the lack of a CBA agreement. He is learning the plays and taking on that leadership role as you talked about- he will lead practice in a prolonged lockout. For that reason, and the fact that Webb is very talented, I have stated that a rookie will have a hard time beating out Webb.

    With that said, Frazier has NOT said Webb is the starter… and if he does, it will not happen for a long time. IF the Viking take a QB with the 12th pick (and the Vikings have said they are looking for QB), they will have too much invested and will put too much pressure on that rookie to ask him to beat out Joe Webb.

  7. By VikesfaninNO on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Please get Mike Pouncey in the first round and pick a QB in the 5th round since we got two picks in the 5th round. Take McNabb or Orton in free agency, get a WR in the second round. take a CB or Safety in the 4th round and grab a DT in the the 6th and then maybe a TE or a LB in the 7th

  8. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I’m confused, why don’t we have the #12 selection in every round? Since when does the draft position move up one place for each successive round in the draft?

  9. By Carl K on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I would disagree that Bomar is garbage. I think he is an ok #3 NFL QB. Rhett is a good athlete with a good arm… a little inaccurate – maybe a poor man’s version of Jake Locker if you will.

  10. By Mike Wobschall on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    It’s because there was a tie among a bunch of teams for a draft position (based on regular season record), so they alternate each round.

  11. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Mike, I never knew that ties were handled in that manner for the draft.

  12. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s som epromising news on a new stadium: http://www.twincities.com/ci_17387970

    It says that the team is making forward progress on the Arden Hills site, but it also lists some opposition to it from the residents, which is only a little worrysome.

    One thing that I thought was funny about the opposition was the one person who was worried that she’d have to move her trailer home! “There are close to 300 homes in the park, and I don’t know where all these people are supposed to go. … I’m scared to death.”

    How in the world are we going to find a new parking lot to move in to? We’d probably have to log on to the internet just to find a list of the dozens of options available around us! It’s TERRIFYING!!!

  13. By Ham on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Obviously if you can’t trade the 2011 pick that would mean you’d you’d be trading the 2012 one… However that is random and ludicrous to look that far out without having a CBA in place or even knowing if they want to trade Orton having a new coach that may or may not like Tebow. This blog is about the 2011 selections, the uncertainty means Vikings have to draft like there won’t be a free agency.

    Having an ok #3 does nothing for me when the team doesn’t even know who the number 1 is. All 3 QBs should have potential to be a future star, Locker is a huge risk as it is, a poor mans version of THAT sounds scary :/

    Garbage I say! Garbage it will be!

  14. By Ham on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Parody Bulldoze the homes build the stadium!! Who needs homes anyway!?

  15. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    They’re trailer homes! You don’t need to bulldoze them, just move them to the next park down the street!

    If they don’t like that, they can sell their homes and upgrade to a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!

  16. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    And don’t dump out Bomar so quickly. He’s a 3rd stringer. Guys like that usually don’t even get activated for a single game in an entire season, but they’re on the team for the few cases when they need to be.

    Still, I’ve heard numerous sources claim that the Vikings will be adding at least 2 QBs to the roster before the beginning of the season. Generally one of these from the draft the other a seasoned veteran. If that’s the case then Bomar is expendable, and can be put on the practice squad until another team needs to steal a cheap fill-in.

  17. By LAVikes on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Day late and a dollar short on all this stadium talk in minnie I would say. The Vikes are moving and everyone knows it. If the Wilfs plan on staying, why aren’t they pushing for the stadium. I don’t hear a peep out of Zygy, his mind is made up already. c u n LA

  18. By Ham on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, I’m assuming that the reports are correct and the Vikings are looking at getting 2 QBs (1 vet 1 rook) in the off season. If they don’t and all that’s left are the Bomars of the world than yes I’m all for him being in the mix.

    But I don’t see him making the 53 at this point. If he does than I’ll proclaim not-garbage. Until then I have to go check the mail.

  19. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    With the position we are in as far as needing so many different holes to fill do you guys think that we will trade down in the first round in order to obtain more draft picks to hopefully fill a couple more holes? I’m sure some team is willing to give up a couple additional picks to move up a couple pegs. What say you??? I think we should. I also dont think we should go after a QB this round, i say we fill the hole via free agency (if the owners get their heads out of the sand).

  20. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Wow…is the mailbox 11,000 miles away? That seems like a really long time to be checking the mail…

  21. By snook on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    bottom line; grab mcnab or kolb superbowl is in reach . vikings are not in a rebuilding mode yet but without am veteran quarter were not going to win for years to come

  22. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Snook however, we need to stop getting Old timers to run our team. We need someone young and experienced but not a rookie. Kolb would be a good to get but not someone who only has a year or two left in the tank.

  23. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Snook – that’s the problem that Minnesota has had for ages. We can’t stand the idea of a “rebuilding phase”. So we always grab the quick fix at QB, and never develop a long term solution.

    Webb still could be our long term solution, but he needs to be given the patience of the fans for the first few years. He has all the physical skills, and just needs to develop the mental skills. Anybody who has been reading the off-season news about Webb knows that he has the right mindset to do this.

    So let’s give Webb the support of his fans. Let’s give him time to develop and give him a quality team that will help him develop. To do this I agree that we should trade back in the draft and get some promising young talent for the Vikings.

  24. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I’m getting tired of hearing people ask for the Vikings to trade for Kolb. He has yet to have proven that is worth a single first round pick, much less the multiple 1st rounders that the Eagles want for him. Trading for Kolb would just be a repeat of the Herschel Walker debacle.

  25. By Turd Furguson on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    How do you think McNabb will get the Vikings to the Superbowl? Even when he was in his prime, he never won a Superbowl. All McNabb knows is the West Coast Offensive system, and the Vikings are moving away from that next season. Therefore, McNabb will not be coming to the Vikings.

  26. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    i dont think we are moving away from a west coast offense system i just think Leslie will just be more focused on running the ball. Im all for it….who better to give the ball to than All Day Adrian Peterson.

  27. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb won’t get us to the Super Bowl. If we do pick him up, it would be as a 2nd string veteran mentor for the young guys on the team. I don’t know that McNabb is willing to take that role yet in his career, but if he is he would be good help to develop Webb’s skills.

  28. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think Vince Young COULD be a possible good mentor for Webb especially because he is basically the same player. It just depends on how Young transitions into a new organization and only time will tell on how mature he will be about his situation. But Vince could be a good role model and teach Webb all of his mistakes.

  29. By Turd Furguson on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think the Vikings are aiming for dual threat running game with AP/Gerhart. 2 1000 yard rushers will be awesome!

  30. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Toby – We might not be abandoning the West Coast system all together, but reports indicate that we are moving away from it at least a little.

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/story/permalink/22016

    This article about our new offensive coordinator make it look like AP will be getting more attention, and the offense will be utilizing more interesting plays that will take advantage of the skills that our current players have.

  31. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    If we can find a couple of great offensive linemen to compete with the ones we’ve got, and if we sign the free agents:

    Joe Webb can be the man for 2011. Remember that there are exceptions to the rule as far as qbs needing field experience before they can start. Daunte Culpepper started in his second season after only taking a handful or snaps as a rookie.

    Joe Webb had two very good outings, and could be ready for a great career.

  32. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Toby in CA,

    Young and Webb are basically the same type of player?

    How did you come to that conclusion?

  33. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    The thing with Culpepper was he had Randy Moss, Chris Carter, to throw to and than he just handed the ball off to Smith. He didnt have a hard job…thats why he was so good…

  34. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Parody,

    You have to admit that Peterson will be getting more attention if the Vikings are winning. It might not be that way in high school, but in the NFL, it’s pass first, run out the clock second.

  35. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Good article Parody, i really dont know any history on our new OC so i didnt know what his philosophies were…Thanks

  36. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Vince Young is going to want to be more than a mentor. He’s going to want to be the starter. He’s still young (yea I know, he’ll always be Young, but he’s not OLD yet) and the only issue he has is his personality.

    If we get Young great. I’m sure that Webb can learn from him and prepare to take over if he doesn’t work out. But I’m certain that he will not sign if he is not guaranteed the starter position.

  37. By ChillywasSucky on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Where is the 3rd round pick? Oh yeah, he’s busy chewing out a homeless person.

  38. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    If Young wont sign with any team without being the starter than he wont be signing anywhere. Just because he was a starter before doesnt mean he still doesnt have to compete for a job. I agree who wouldnt be just a mentor it would just be someone who Webb can learn mistakes from and than get Young outta the way because he will demand wayyy to much money.

  39. By eltrain on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Silly Vikings Fans, Doesn’t Matter Who You Get! This Team Is Destined For Failure And Probably Won’t Be In MN for Long!

  40. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I hope they come to LA i live about 20 minutes North and would LOVE to go the the Viking games. It would be complimentary to the Purple and Gold Lakers we got from Minnesota as well….wasnt until they moved here that they started winning championships.

  41. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – Obviously he’ll be getting the ball more when we’re winning. But I have gotten the impression that the coaching staff wants to make this a run-first team. I don’t fully agree with that philosophy though, considering the talented receivers that we have. Rice, Harvin and Shiancoe are great players while they have some quality players on the team already behind them.

    The only question is how well prepared the QB (whoever the starter is) will be as a throw-first player. Webb was not yet ready for that role when he took over last year, but that’s no reason to panick. Sanchez was a very boring QB in his first couple of years, but he has been improving and becoming a better throwing as the Jets have been patient and giving him more responsibility.

  42. By JoeWebb Show on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think it is time for Joe Webb to step up and be a big player, obviously the vikes will bring in more QB’s, but Webb can do it. Remember Tarvaris went 10-6 with AP in his first year as a starter, the vikings are not rebuilding. AP is the work horse, Webb will have to step up yes, but he has the athleticism, the game against the EAgles showed he can tear up a defense. McNabb is to old, Orton is to bad, and Young had his chance, give Joe Webb a shot I say.

  43. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Parody. It all falls back to the QB position being the center piece of if we are truly a run first offense. That would be awesome if AP finally got his 2000+ yard season to show all these haters that CJ is second best.

  44. By eltrain on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I would be disappointed to see them leave MN for thie simple reason that it’s so fun to be a Packer fan in Minneapolis right now and has been since I lived here. I wouldn’t be so bitter about it but MN fans are terrible fans. They don’t stick with the team when they are down and they can barely get seen on local television because they can’t sell tickets.

  45. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Toby – there’s a lot of teams who need a starter right now, and I think at least one of them will give Young the reigns. He was a winner in Tennessee, but it was his personality that got in the way. I believe that his personality will also be forcing him to demand the starting spot, but he can still convince somebody that the rest of his personality has changed enough to deserve to be the signal caller somewhere in the NFL.

  46. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    eltrain – Packer fans should be the last to speak of “horrible fans”. You booed your hero of 17-years the second he stepped back on Lambeau Field, and every following second until he stepped off the field at the end of the game. It doesn’t get worse than that. You should take some notes from Philadelphia, they know how to show class for their lost heroes.

  47. By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I just hope we as a team continue to draft strong. We have made out pretty well considering other teams. Gearheart isn’t a bad pick, he’s not a feature back but he does the dirty work on 3rd downs. Chris Cook just needs to stay healthy, he played well last season but couldnt be consistent. I believe the franchise is heading the right direction. We need to solidify our Oline before we get a QB first. No point in getting a QB when you cant keep him upright. I say we get a late round QB after we address Oline, and some Defensive back positions. I agree, I HATE PACKER FANS some of the rudest people i’ve ever met.

  48. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not sold on Cook. We hardly saw anything from him last year because he got injured so quickly. Hopefully his luck will turn around and he will become a good CB for the Vikings.

  49. By greg78 on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    By Toby in CA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I hope they come to LA i live about 20 minutes North and would LOVE to go the the Viking games. It would be complimentary to the Purple and Gold Lakers we got from Minnesota as well….wasnt until they moved here that they started winning championships.

    Minneapolis Lakers won the championship in 1949, 1950, 1952, and 1953.

  50. By Pat on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings have so many holes, only a few can really be plugged at the draft. Problem areas: QB, CB, S, OL… Potentially LB if Greenway leaves. Another DE possibly if Edwards leaves (Griffen is not the answer). Maybe WR if Rice leaves.
    Trading for Kolb not the answer, Vikings would give up too much. With all talent at skill positions, you can use a Vince Young as a plug. There are alot of LB and DE free agents, so don’t draft there. Sign Champ Bailey and that takes care of CB. The answer to me is draft OL. That also seems to be where players can start right away. Nate Solder seems to be the best OL prospect that would be available at #12. Draft a S in 2nd round. Re-sign Rice.

  51. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for those stats greg78. I was never a big basketball fan, so I didn’t know how successful the Lakers were in MN.

    It was horrible that the state couldn’t think ahead enough to do what it would take to keep them in MN where they belong. Also, I never could understand why LA didn’t have the intelligence to change the team name to something that made sense for their location. Lakers belong in the land of 10,000 lakes; nowhere else.

  52. By Kelly in ND on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Pouncey in the first round. If a good safety is available in the second do that. In the 4th take QB Kyle Kopernick from Nevada.

  53. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Toby in CA,

    You couldn’t be more wrong. The Lakers won 5 championships in Minnesota, and were only a handful of season away from winning when the moved to LA.

  54. By greg78 on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    First round picks should always be used on BPA. After that needs. Draft a quality QB before a OL, cause at the end of that day. You WILL find more quality OL in a draft then you will a QB. Numbers speak for themselves. You get 1 maybe 2 good QBs our of a draft every other year or so. You can get a good OL every year. First round should always be dedicated to Best Player Available

  55. By DRS on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Why go to CA when it will be under the sea any time now? The big one is coming soon. 10.0 And away you go. Head line news, U.S.A looking for its missing state, CA.

    Vikings, Get an O-Line, then a QB, Get your new stadium built at the Arden Hills site, and win the 2011 SB. Have a great day and G0D bless U all. Later alligators.

  56. By Shawn on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    OMFG How can anyone put Vince Young and mentr in the same world I cant even do it in the same sentence … Vince Young is a dope, he cant handle pressure. He cracks and breaks every time

    Joe Webb would have to be …. i cant even say the word because Vince Youngs name is in this blog

  57. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Toby in CA,

    The Mpls Lakers won their last NBA title in 1954 and arrived in LA in 1960. They HAD BEEN A PLAYOFF team almost every year after their last title
    IN MINNEAPOLIS IN 1954.

  58. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Greg,

    The Lakers won 5 NBA championships including 1954 ! ! !

  59. By Shawn on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb would be the best mentor for Webb or anyone else the other guy that was mentioned isnt smart enough to take care of himself let alone help someone else

  60. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Toby in CA,

    It took the LA Lakers 27 YEARS to win 5 NBA titles. The Mpls Lakers only took
    SIX Years to win 5 NBA titles.

    They would have been better off in Mpls.

  61. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb is not finished yet. He is only 38, and in the NFL, that is not old for a QB.

  62. By Parody on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I must disagree Fred. In the NFL 38 years old is getting close to your twiligh years even for some kickers.

  63. By Shawn on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    BT’W McNabb IS NOT 38

    McNabb is 34

  64. By Luke Urban on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Would any of yall be opposed to drafting Andy Dalton in the second round?

  65. By Stu on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Why not take a chance on Cameron Newton sound like he maybe this year A. Rogers of the draft or atleast young vet. IF THERE A SEASON

  66. By Shawn on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I like Devlin better than Dalton …. but the draft is a cra’p shoot

  67. By mitch on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am dying laughing at the mention of VY being a “mentor”. The same guy who was on suicide watch last year? If there’s one thing VY is NOT it’s a person capable of teaching another. For God’s sake do a little research before you post. It’s all been made very public! You do know his Wunderlic score at the combine was 5, right?

  68. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Devlin is the best Qb in the draft. But he likely will be a 2nd day pick. Find a mentor Marc Bulger/ McNabb. Webb and Devlin would be 1 and 2 and the mentor would be 3rd. 1st round get a Olinemen who can keep the Qb from getting killed.

  69. By cmz2 on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    What ever the case may be, lets be sure to select some athletes with solid work ethics. We can definetely do without the prima donnas that make the team and just want to coast on their name and previous success.

  70. By Carmen on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Please not McNabb, not VInce Young. Please, please.

  71. By N. Martin on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Amukara in the first (if there) or the best DE on the board, then Colin Kaepernik in the second round.

  72. By Spenser on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone is talking about getting an offensive lineman first. That’s idiotic. You can have the best offensive line in the world but it won’t matter if you are protecting a lousy QB. The biggest need for the vikings is at QB. I would say get either Gabbert or Newton first round

  73. By Mike on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Kevin Kolb is the answer.

  74. By Timbo on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Really Spenser? Gabbert will be off the board way before the Vikes pick. Newton will most likely be off the board too. I would be happy with either one but its not going to happen. Im just desperatly hoping they do NOT take Locker! In my opinion he is not a first round caliber player. He makes bad decisions and lacks accuracy. All he has going for him is his size arm strength and athletic ability which are all great qualities but he is missing the 2 most important qualities which are accuracy and decision making. I think Ryan Mallet would be a decent pick at 12 if Newton is off the board.

  75. By Timbo on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb my be the answer, but not for what the eagles are asking for him. Not worth it

  76. By Spenser on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Mallett could be good. I completely agree with u about Locker.

  77. By Jacob on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    we should get amhad black, best safety in college, our secondary would be awesome

  78. By trey on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    yo vikings should draft j.j. watt and cammy newt first

  79. By trey on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    aj green third scott tolzien fourth tice young fifth ahmad black sixth trade seven for champ baily and john clay eighth

  80. By trey on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    true

  81. By JT on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    For the record…… Orton is a joke!

  82. By big ed on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    mcnabb to vikings is the answer to superbowl 46

  83. By Vikes4life on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Has anyone thought about possibly draftin Adrian Clayborne from Iowa? I’m not an Iowa fan by any means but the Vikes could use him, and (I believe – not exactly sure) Isn’t Edwards a FA?

  84. By Rick Coffey on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Viking head coach Leslie Frasier has made it clear that his intentions are to make the viking offense run oriented. The vikes are not that far away from fielding a top notch punishing running game. If coach Frasier can indeed produce a league leading running game, I believe that dramatically changes the need at the QB position. With defenses gearing themselves to keep Peterson, Gerhardt, Harvin out of the endzone, it, (IMO) will make it much easier for a QB to find the obvious holes in the defense on passing downs. If this becomes the case, the need for a championship producing, superbowl ring wearing QB will become an unnecessary acquisition from free agency. Who then, is out there that could fill this bill effectively, while Webb develops and we use draft picks in other areas, I am anxious to hear all the opinions out there.

  85. By DarkPhoenix54 on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    1st round pick: OG Pouncey or Solder… unless someone like Von Miller or Patrick Peterson drop to our slot by some miracle.

    Trade 2nd round, 5th round and 7th to Cin for Carson Palmer. If not…

    2nd Round: Jake Locker… he should slip into the second round

    4th Round: Robert Sand FS… check this kid out hes tall fast and has great skills at safety.

    After that pick up another OG a true NT and a linebacker or two.

  86. By Carl K on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Webb already mentored under Favre for a year. I don’t think Webb needs a mentor. He needs playing time! He does NOT need a Vince Young or McNabb to teach him how to play the game.

  87. By farvefan04 on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I say less focus on a QB let Joe Webb get comfortable and he’ll be ok…we’ve had some injury problems at the WR with Berrian and constant migraine problems with Harvin…not to denote either player because they have both had an impact on this team, but that being said i say shoot for a WR in the first round and the rest will come together 4 us…

  88. By farvefan04 on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    i actually like Alabamas Julio Jones @ WR

  89. By Rick Coffey on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    In response to Carl K. regarding Webb has mentored under Farve for a year already. Not trying to be critical or disrespectful but did Webb mentor under Farve, or did T. Jackson? You gotta ask yourself that question, but actually, I had all but forgotten that Webb had been exposed to the HOFmer for a year, wonder what he came away with?

  90. By Stu on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    From: Fran Tarkenton fan. If we are too win a super bowl in the next few years 1st rd Cameron Newton and 2rd Marvin Austin or Justin Houston and some help with Free agents. get rid of T. jackson. let Webb earn his spot only way it will happen!!!!!!!!!

  91. By Diehl on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Jke Locker would be my choice

  92. By Diehl on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Jake*

  93. By chris on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    id say let webb have a shot he showed some potential during the off season, and didnt do that bad when he got to start during season, specially with the OL we had that couldnt block which why farve wasnt a sucess, 1st round Cam could be a great player but ull need to take time to form him into one , like how broncos are doing with tebow, id say either grab cam, or go with webb work on the line, maybe a WR if rice doesnt come back, and wait next year in pick up andrew luck

  94. By I Bleed Purlpe And Yellow on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    What do people think about getting a vetran Qb and getting thur #2-3 qb’s sum snaps in a wildkat formation. I think they should of been doing this all last year with Jackson and Webb just incase sumone gets hurt. Hard to take over when you havn’t took a snap in a yr!!!!!!!! Doesnt have to be all the time but just a lil bit mite help!

  95. By jeff on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    hey toby from ca, all webb has to do is throw to rice and harvin, hand the ball to ap, think about that. lol

  96. By jeff on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    i say get rid of berrian and use his money elsewhere, he didn’t earn it anyway, paying all that money for nothing. a school girl could tackle him, a fly might be able to. if you touch him he falls down and then claims he is hurt. He needs to go.

  97. By jeff on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Lets see people, if the cba doesn’t happen the year might not happen. I’m getting tired of this greed that the owners are showing, don’t they make enough money already, they won’t be able to take it with them when they die. I thouhgt people around the game loved it, my bad it is a money venture. they don’t love this game anymore. The players, i understand there concerns, but games won’t matter if they can’t play. Do your job you get paid for, we all do ours and we don’t get to play the game we love, only at home with our grandchildren. The players are as bad as the owners, it seems they all forgot about a game that the fans love to watch and enjoy themselves once in awhile. To all of you owners and players, yes you want to make money and yes you want to live comfortable, trying doing my job one summer and see if it is as hard as yours. I take a chance every day on my job and you don’t here me crying, you come out and help me build a bridge. See the type of danger i face everyday. Quit crying about games and just play the game you are supposed to LOVE. Owners quit crying about a few dollars, quit being greedy, you cant’ take it with you, use that money to build better helmets so players don’t have to worry about concussions. Think about each other and then think about the fans, we love to watch this game, and we enjoy it. If you can’t get this cba done, just quit and forget about the fans and your money. All of you are actiing like crybabies. COME ON MAN.

  98. By N. Martin on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Round One: Amukara (if the miracle should happen) or the DE from Cal.
    Round Two: Kaepernik as first choice, if he’s off the board then Mallet.

    Vince Young to come in and get it done as the starter! Am I the only the only one who remains unconvinced about Cam Newton? Gotta feeling he’s gonna be a bust a la Jamarcus Russell.

  99. By Mario on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    #12 Cam Jordan DE Cal
    #43 Colin Kaepernik or Andy Dalton

    Would like to have Newton or Von Miller, but they should both be gone by 12. If the vikings are going to draft a OL they should trade back since theirs no OL good enough to go at 12.

  100. By Gary on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    The fans should be the one’s to take care of the CBA…After all who pay’s your paychecks…If the fans don’t show up at the games and stop buying your Item’s…Where would you be. That is right on the unemployment line…I wish you guys had our jobs for alittle while…Then you would change your minds..If you don’t play the games…The fans should not watch you when you decide to…That is like a slap in the face to your fans…Make the fans mad if you want too..What come’s around goes around…The fans are the NFL. If you didn’t have fans, there would not be the NFL.. AND THAT IS WHAT I’M SAYING…..

  101. By ThisDudeIsCool808 on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    1. Nate Solder-OT/ Gabe Carimi- OT
    2. Mark Herzlich- OLB/ Sam Acho- DE
    4. Pat Devlin- QB
    5. Jeron Johnson- SS/ Ronald Johnson- WR
    5. Casey Matthews- MLB/ Sione Fua- DT
    6. Will Hill- FS
    7. Justin Boren- OG

    I just winged it.

  102. By Ironman on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Get OL, AP deserves a good line this just sad

  103. By Aaron Miller on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    John Clay is a must, 3rd down back… replace chester.

  104. By mr_g on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    berrian s**ks and so does jackson, trade those two for someone better, and also why did they trade away sage rosenfels he was a better passer than stupid jackson he could have been the starter this coming up season and they wouldnt have to waist there first round on some stupid qb. well good luck . LA Vikings. Get ready for it, i heard it through the grapevines. think im lying its the truth.B**CH.

  105. By John on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    OK, I am sick of these comments about the L.A Vikings. I am done with them. They aren’t going anywhere. They have been for 50 YEARS. L.A HAS 6 MAJOR SPORTS TEAMS. I don’t think they need another. Weren’t the LAKERS good enough for you guys from us?

  106. By John on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    @ Aaron Miller I agree…Toby Gerhart is NOT the answer to replace Chester Taylor and Clay is strong enough to get us a ton of yards off catches and goal line touchdowns. They say he is so underrated he might slip to the 3rd or 4th round.

  107. By Puder on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    1 Robert Quinn DE/LB UNC
    2 Quentin Carter FS Okla
    4 Andy Dalton QB TCU
    5 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame
    5 Marcus Gilbert OT FL
    6 Brian Rolle OLB Ohio St.
    7 Jason Teague CB TCU

  108. By Michael on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    Trade up for Newton or trade for McNabb or Young.
    They just need a servicable QB. They got to the playoffs in 09 with TJ at QB.
    They have great wideouts and TE and a still pretty good defense.
    Just really need a OL.

  109. By Michael on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mario- I like that pick of Dalton at #43
    he we could get him there thatd be great

  110. By Alan Helimsky on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    you guys are so stupid. joe webb should get a mentor such as donnovan mcnabb. nabb will play 2nd string. favre had a big big involvement for webbs nfl talent. webb needs a mentor to help him. the vikings need solder or pouncey. then in the second round they should get a qb

  111. By mike on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    trade the #12 for somewhere around the #18 n hope pouncey slides there n pick up a 3rd rounder in the trade. #43 pick up a corner or safety… Brandon Harris (miami) or Ahmad Black (Florida). 3rd round take a QB… i would gamble on Dalton, at least ya know he’s a smart kid n could help Webb a bit with the studying worst case scenario. 4th round pick up a either a S or OLB… Justin Houston (Georgia) 5th round take MLB Casey Matthews (Oregon). i’m lost after that.

  112. By rino on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Jake Locker would be the best fit if he is there at 12 if not I would get a vet qb and a safety or a WR with the 12 pick then get Dalton with the second round he would be a steal wont start right away but 1 or 2 seasons he will start. fill in the blanks with the rest

  113. By rino on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Andy Dalton will Shine in the combine Horn Frogs the true BCS champs of 2011

  114. By rino on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    NO CBA PEOPLE IF THE IS NOT ONE BEFORE THE DRAFT NO TRADES , NO FREE AGENCY

  115. By Ryan on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I think your all wrong. With the #12 pick in the draft i think the vikings should get a QB maybe Ryan Mallet from Arkansas because he has such a big arm and can make all the throws. He showed it off big time in the scouting combine. If for some reason they pass on a QB then they need to shift there focus to either a lockdown corner maybe trade the pick to oakland for Nnamdi Asomugha or keep the pick and get a solid lineman maybe Gaby from Wisconsin to sure up that tackle spot because we are hurting big time with the outside pass rush were getting from Peppers, Mathews, and Vanderbosh.

  116. By Enrique GS on Mar 5, 2011 | Reply

    1.-Julio Jones WR Alabama
    2.-Mike Pauncey OG Florida
    4.-D. McDaniels S Clemson
    5.-Andy Dalton QB, or Pat Delvin QB,

  117. By Carl Brodin on Mar 6, 2011 | Reply

    First things first trade Bryant Mckinnie for a 2nd&3rd round pick. Then trade down to #18 and get a 3rd round pick also. Then either take an OL-LT-OG OR A WR OR A CB OR DE or S.
    TAKE a QB with the 1 of 2 2nd round picks. Then from there start filling in holes theres lots of good players to be had if the Vikings just do the smart thing.

  118. By Adam on Mar 8, 2011 | Reply

    the vikings should trade down in the 1st and try to get a pick in the high 20′s and maybe a 3rd rounder with it since we lost ours (thanks Childress) and pick up an offensive lineman to help out our tackles that are too slow for the ends of a 3-4 defense and help hook the ends so Peterson can turn the corners and take some pressure off of our QB. and then in the 2nd round we could try on someone to help out our defense hopefully a safety then we have a 3rd rounder to try to fill any other holes.

    I also suggest that we pick up some veteran QB to back up Ponder and help him develop as a QB. also we should try to pick up Reggie Bush. With Bush and Harvin on the field along with Peterson and Rice and Shaincoe. That would be nuts to try to stop.

    Plus if we picked up a Safety in the 2nd round. we could drop either Cook or Griffen back to safety as well and then we are already set up for nickle for when we play pass happy teams (Greenbay)

    Also with Adam Weber coming out extremely under-rated from Minnesota. He might be fun to have at training camp

  119. By Adam on Mar 8, 2011 | Reply

    the vikings should trade down in the 1st and try to get a pick in the high 20′s and maybe a 3rd rounder with it since we lost ours (thanks Childress) and pick up an offensive lineman to help out our tackles that are too slow for the ends of a 3-4 defense and help hook the ends so Peterson can turn the corners and take some pressure off of our QB. and then in the 2nd round we could try on someone to help out our defense hopefully a safety then we have a 3rd rounder to try to fill any other holes.

    I also suggest that we pick up some veteran QB to back up Webb and help him develop as a QB. also we should try to pick up Reggie Bush. With Bush and Harvin on the field along with Peterson and Rice and Shaincoe. That would be nuts to try to stop.

    Plus if we picked up a Safety in the 2nd round. we could drop either Cook or Griffen back to safety as well and then we are already set up for nickle for when we play pass happy teams (Greenbay)

    Also with Adam Weber coming out extremely under-rated from Minnesota. He might be fun to have at training camp

  120. By Pat on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    After watching any QB last season and the season before get smashed time after time, its a no brainer to know the offensive line is crumbling. Cant have a good QB or running back w/o something in front of them. It don’t matter who the QB is if he is getting hit every time he steps on the field. Get some good OL then look to fill the defensive backfield so they spend less time getting burnt. They do need a veteran QB to help mentor, but i like webb for the reason he is fast, great arm and is young and ready to learn.

  121. By joshK on Mar 17, 2011 | Reply

    1st round patrick peterson
    2nd round pouncey
    4th round robert quinn
    5th ryan mallet
    5th amakamura
    6th nate solder and were good to go

  122. By joshK on Mar 17, 2011 | Reply

    amakamura quinn, trade back for pouncey, any of those i would be ecstatic i just pray we dont use a 1st rounder on a QB this class blowssss.

  123. By Ben on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    If the Vikings are looking to pick up someone for the Secondary they should look at Prince Amukamara out of Nebraska if he is available still. He is a great athlete and has great potential. I the Vikings need a veteran QB as well if Carson Palmer gets the release from the Bengels he wants I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Vikings jersey. For offensive line players I like Mike Pouncey out of Florida, Nate Solder out of Colorado,

  124. By max on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    The vikings should draft ahmad black first

  125. By scott on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    the vikings should go 1. ryan mallet q.b.or best avalible q.b. unless bomb player falls to us. we need stuff man. free agents could help too.thanks c.b.a.
    2. o-line best avalable
    3.o-ya thanks chill_ass
    4.safety/c.b. best avalable

  126. By Mr.Best on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    vikings should draft gaurd\center pouncy in the first
    2nd rd draft safety Black from florida
    4th rd grab cassey mathews
    5th rd grab qb ponder from florida st
    5th rd grab dt
    6 rd wr
    7th rd another safety

  127. By Parody on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    So the compensatory picks won’t make much of a difference. They’ll help to plug some holes on the team next year, and likely be out the door a couple years later.

    What bugs me is that Mike felt it was beneficial to drag an old conversation to the top of the list rather than starting a new one on the topic. I’d prefer to avoid the former method because it displays too many outdated comments that need to be scrolled through in order to find the new comments that I want to reply to.

  128. By Parody on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    But hey, on the positive side, at least we won’t need to look into free agency to fill the practice squad this year!

  129. By Malte on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    I think the vikings should try to trade out of their pick in the 12 and get down about 18-22 (possibly bucs pick at 21, cause they desprately need a good pass rusher, and that might be avaliable at 12). And then if Pouncy is there at 21 pick him up, other wise go with best player avaliable… I don’t think we should draft a QB in the first round. No QB is good enough for that in this draft, maybe cam and gabbert is but they will be off the board before the 10th selection probaly

  130. By Frederick Jones on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    Bartholomew, C is an intrigueing pick.

    Along with his speed, and strength…he wants to be a coach.

    This may mean two things…he loves football, and he is willing to work
    long and hard.

    He will be an asset to any NFL team that drafts him, regardless of his status.

  131. By Frederick Jones on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    We should not pick a qb early because we need a veteran to back up Joe Webb.

    OL
    DB
    DL
    are our top priorities and picks for round #1 and #2

    After that, take a chance on the QB.

  132. By PrinzCharlez on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    I as Viking would mind if the vikes go into next season with Joe Webb at QB, I do believ evrything starts up front so I would like them to get the OL working for rushing and pass protection purposes. I really don’t want a McNabb or any other veteran to be brought to start because let the blend of youth and selective veterans begin with this new coaching staff. GO VIKES ! VIKING 4 LIFE in Minnesota or LA.

  133. By Aceviking on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Carl K’s first post

  134. By DRS on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/03/24/sports-nuggets-great-outdoors-is-the-vikings-best-option/

    Give The Vikings Their Identity Back

    The biggest blunder in Vikings history wasn’t Mike Lynn’s trade for Herschel Walker, their countless post-season failures, or allowing Brett Favre to run the team. No, it was when the Vikings moved from the great outdoors to the climate-controlled indoors.

    Since then the Super Bowl appearances have vanished and dome games are nothing more than an artificially enhanced rock concert.
    Minnesota can right the wrong by returning the Vikings back where they belong — in the elements.

    It’s time the Minnesota Vikings get their identity back

  135. By Carl K on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    @ parody – I think the draft is full of late round gems. I will start with the OLB. Here are four I like. I think they could contribute on special teams and compete with Leber or Henderson.

    Mason Foster 6-1 245 from Washington. Had 163 total tackles in 2010 and was defensive MVP of the Holiday bowl. 378 career tackles. Mason is ranked 101 over all by cbssports.com

    Lawerence Wilson 6-1 226 from Conneticut. Started 50 games lead the Big East in tackles with 122. 10.5 tackles for loss. 3.5 sacks, 5 career ints 449 career tackles. Ranked 127 by cbssports.com.

    J.T. Thomas 6-1 241 from West Virginia. 63 tackles in 2010 all Big East First Team. Good speed and instincts. 223 career tackles. Ranked 224 over all by cbssports.com

    Adrian Moten 6-2 228 from Mayland. 4.55 40 yrd time. 77 total tacles in 2010 with 4 ints and 2.5 sacks. 2 year starter ranked 246 over all by cbssports.com

  136. By Carl K on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    We have 7 picks from round 4 through 7. Here are the QBs and centers that we could land in the the later rounds.

    QB Pat Devlin ranked 131 by cbssports.com
    QB Ricky Stanzi ranked 107 by cbssports.com

    Center Jake Kirkpatrick from TCU 6-2 300 overall rank of 188. (if we get Andy Dalton from TCU in the 2nd round… it would be cool to get his center laterin the draft).
    Center Ryan Bartholomew from Syracuse.
    Center Brandon Fusco 6-4 306 from Slippery Rock . Not as fast or strong as Bart, but cbssports ranks him higher 175 overall.

  137. By DRS on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2011/2/10/1987717/minnesota-vikings-apparently-getting-serious-about-arden-hills-site

    Today, the Vikings sent a letter to Ramsey County expressing their interests in working “collaboratively and closely. . .to determine if an agreement can be reached that leads to a new stadium at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site.” The site sits along Interstate 10 and Highway 35W in Arden Hills.

  138. By DRS on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    By JUDD ZULGAD, Star Tribune
    Last update: March 26, 2011 – 12:57 AM

    The Vikings will receive compensatory picks in the sixth and seventh rounds of the NFL draft this April. The picks were awarded as compensation for losing running back Chester Taylor to Chicago and offensive lineman Artis Hicks to Washington in free agency last spring.

    The sixth-round pick will be the 200th selection overall, and the seventh-rounder will be the 235th selection. The compensatory picks can’t be traded and give the Vikings nine picks in the April 28-30 draft. The Vikings will pick 12th overall and also have selections in the second and fourth rounds and two each in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds

  139. By DRS on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.sctimes.com/article/20110301/SPORTS/103010026/Arden-Hills-joins-pursuit-of-Vikings-stadium-development

    The push to put the new home for the Minnesota Vikings in Arden Hills got another jolt of support Monday.

    Citing the potential to finally make something of the nearly abandoned munitions plant that sits in its city limits, the Arden Hills City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to pursue development of an NFL stadium at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant. Council member Ed Werner abstained, saying he didn’t have enough information to cast a vote.

    The move marks the northern suburb’s first formal stance of support on what had previously been largely Ramsey County’s quest for a new stadium on the TCAAP property, a 430-acre parcel that sits near Interstate Highway 35W and U.S. Highway 10.

    The resolution authorizes Arden Hills to begin collaborating with Ramsey County and the Vikings to determine the viability of the site as the next home for the football team.

  140. By DRS on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/118593534.html

    Assuming Dalton is taking an actual trip to Minnesota — and that’s how it sounded — that would mean he will be at the “Top 30″ dinner the Vikings will host for draft prospects early next month at Winter Park. That is different from going through a private workout for the team. There has been a report that Dalton would (or had) worked out for Vikings officials.

  141. By Carl K on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    Here are some late round WRs to think about.

    Edmond Gates 6-0 192 4.31 speed from Abilene. He is from a small school but has big potential. cbssports ranks him 96 overall.

    Niles Paul 6-1 224 from Nebraska. 4.45 40 time. 103 career receptions. 24.5 kickoff average 2 TD. 10.8 yrds per punt return with 1 TD. Holiday Bowl MVP

    Denarius Moore 6-0 194 from Tenn. 112 career receptions. 2010 he averaged 20.9 yrds per reception. 4.43 40 time ranked 135 overall.

    Austin Pettis 6-3 209 from Boise St.229 career receptions 2,838 yrds 39 TD.
    Ranked by cbssports at 151

    Cecil Shorts 6-0 205 Mount Union. 63 receptions for 1106 yrds and 17 TD in 2010. Small school standout that ran a 4.35 40 time at his pro day. Ranked 165

  142. By JIm M on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    Green Bay gets a fouth round compensatory pick for Kampman and we get a sixth and seventh round pick for Hicks and Taylor. I think we need a recount. We also need to know the formula for the decision.

  143. By Carl K on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    @ parody- I disagree that our compensatory picks won’t make much of a difference. I know we can’t trade our comensatory picks but it does give us the option now to trade our other 5th 6th and 7th round picks and move up to get a player we might like in the later rounds.

    Here are some late round DBs to keep an eye on that could make it in the NFL
    Tyler Sash, Richard Sherman, Jaquawn Jarrett, Cortez Allen, Chris Culliver, Jermale Hines, Byron Maxwell and Justin Rogers just to name a few.

    The Vikings are working out Richard Sherman and Chris Culliver.

  144. By Frederick Jones on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    For what it’s worth department, part III:

    “If the big boys don’t block it doesn’t matter who is behind center.”
    said in 2009 by Jim McMahon, 1985 Super Bowl winning QB

    Use the 2nd Draft choice to select Center Ryan Bartholomew, Syracuse
    1) Great Strength in upper and lower body
    2) Fastest Offensive Lineman in the draft
    3) Wants to be a coach !

  145. By Titus on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    WHAT IS GOING ON? I step out to interview a new client for a couple hours and vikings.com is exploding with activity. Is Chilly back in the house?

  146. By Frederick Jones on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    By now you probably figured out that Mike W. brought back an old blog.

    Really, there isn’t much activity on this blog. The weather is too nice, and it’s the off-season.

    Maybe if one of us brought up an outlandish idea, or started arguing…?

    I think Terry Bradshaw could be the Vikings starter at QB next season. John Mackey could be the TE.

  147. By Mike B on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    LOL Fred you can’t see writting on the wall coach doesn’t have confidence in Webb being the guy. Do some research and see what’s being said or written. I think they will be using Webb as a wildcat option as his talent for that is better than Harvin. It will be interesting to see of the two top picks at QB go right away or slide. It’s is a good possibility they will slide. Maylock sounds like he has the pulse in the Vikings camp. There are probably 4 guys the Vikings are looking at QB in the first round. I think Kolb will cost too much to aquire and without the CBA there is not guarantee a deal would be binding. As I see it any deal for a QB would have to be for picks in 2012 Draft. There will be some options when the CBA gets done on a veteran QB. I think there was some coaching issues on the Offensive side of the ball last year and lack of effort by some of the OL players. I think Coach put it out there saying shape up or ship out. It seemed to me some of the players understood that during the exit interviews. QB, Defensive Back Field, then the OL and DL are places that need addressing. This is a good time for Pat Williams to retire and bring some youth to the DL. Oops I forgot WR we need to keep Rice, but also find the second guy. We have the third guy (Harvin). We need that second guy.

  148. By Mike B on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    One more thing to put out there the Coach said he wants to have that QB that is the face of the team. It is possible the Vikings might trade up and get someone. I am not sure that is a possibility as I haven’t heard if the Vikings have had those 2 top guys in to Winter Park. If they have or do in the future, I think there will be 50/50 chance that we trade up. Just my two cents

  149. By Ironman on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys I have been wondering why does ap always go for the hb drives through the middle and only get short yards, when he could do a sweep and get big yards like in this other games?

  150. By vikings4life on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ironman i agree last year we probably had one hb toss or hb sweep and it was when brett favre was not playing qb and A.P. had a great game against buffalo without being a 100 percent healthy, I hope that this year ap and toby are out there at the same time last year we had a apackage where shiancoe would be in the back field with Adrian if we had toby out there instead it would cause much confusion about who would get the ball becasue although ap would get most of the attention Toby should be a heisman trophy winner just look at his stats compared to mark ingram only reason mark won was because of how good his team was. Toby is going to be a great running back in this league and we should utilize him as much as possible

  151. By vikings4life on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Also please again do not draft a qb with our first pick it is too valuable to a team that hopes to build in this draft, we would be risking way too much and passing on far too many good defensive players in this draft. Get a qb in the second or third becasue we will get a third round back hopefully andy dalton or colin kapernick but if possible get prince amukamura first round qb second or thrid, and Clay mathews brother from Oregon in the fourth OLB he is under rated, he knows the game very well and could come in and be effective as a fourth or late thrid round pick. If we dont get a qb in the second we need a O-Line if we can get a DL a CB an OL a OLB and a QB out of all of them it would most likeley be a QB that would not get on the field right away so it makes no sense to draft on with our first pick

  152. By vikings4life on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    with antione and cedric healthy chris cook will become one of the better coverage corners in the leauge he had a great senior year and rookie camp he is too good to become a bust, but i will be the first to say taht last year he had a great oppertunity to earn a starting role an did not deliver but this year we could have a great secondary if we can get one more corner our secondary will be among the leauges best. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS not qb’s in the first round unless your peyton manning and he’s only won 1

  153. By Frederick Jones on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Brian Billick has said in his latest book, More Than A Game, that drafting a QB is a high risk draft situation. He has a whole chapter stating NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING, and it is about quarterbacks only.

    If you read my recent blogs under “Spielman Talks…” you would see the many facts and statistics related to this as stated by B. Billick.

  154. By Frederick Jones on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Which means of course, that we could get lucky. One of the guys people are talking about (Mallet, Newton, etc.) might wind up being the next Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

    But nobody knows who that is ! ! !

  155. By Frederick Jones on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    LOL Mike B.,

    Like you I have done alot of reading on the subject of Football. Remember that the media uses a lot of hype to promote their product.

    I don’t trust that Mike Mayock. Sometimes former players have a bias. They are often just as wrong, or right as the rest of us.

    Many times I have seen the predictions for football games on ESPN or Fox. More than once 5 out of 6 panelists have predicted wins by teams playing the Vikings. And sometimes the Vikings have BLOWN OUT the opposing team.

  156. By Frederick Jones on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    It seems much wiser to pick a player who is a sure thing at another position.

    #1 Offensive Line
    #2 Defensive Backs
    #3 Defensive Line

    Get a veteran QB thru Free Agency. It’s much more sound than the draft.

    The GO with JOE ! !

  157. By Nick on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Round One: Mallet
    Round Two: Rudolph

  158. By PrinzCharlez on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey,I hope the vikes will not be drafting a QB just for the sake drafting one this year. We have other needs as well.

  159. By DannySmith on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Round one: Mike Pouncey
    Round two: Bruce Carter
    Round four: Chimdi Chekwa

  160. By Titus on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fred– the weather is too nice? For a penguin.

  161. By Titus on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fred– I now see what you mean– the posts on here are from the past 6 weeks— I also see Mike mentioned it was a repost — I cannot read his articles- they are so wordy and poorly written– they are agonizing to go through.

  162. By Troy on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    #12 Prince Amukamara (if he drops) or the best position we need thats said to be a top 10 pick, someone is bound to drop
    #43 Jake Locker

    or

    trade away #12 to draft in the 20’s, (take pouncey with this pick) and get a third round pick.

    take locker in th ssecond.

  163. By chris on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    #12- o/d line
    #43- Andy Dalton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  164. By kevin on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    i still think the vikings should try something for carson palmer! trade the second and next years second for palmer!!

  165. By Troy on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    palmers not long term tho. so thats what weve been doing since culpepper.. its not what they need

  166. By viking joe on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Tired of hearing Vince Youngs name ,let him throw else where not in minnesota ……….

  167. By Bradley Tigner on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Drafting a QB in this draft is not essential. We need to package up some of our later round pics in exchange for McNabb/Orton. That gives Webb a few years to develop under a Veteran and should be ready to take over in 2 or 3 years. Our first round pick needs to be used on either an OL or a Safety. OL preferably because that was our weakest spot last season. AP created most of his gains himself and he wont be anble to continue at that pace. Why put a veteran team in the hands of a rookie at this point.

  168. By Ironman on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    first round: tryson smith or nate solder
    second round: andy dalton

  169. By govikes702 on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    draft julio jones in the #12 pick boys

  170. By Titus on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    We have needs other than a QB????
    Yeah, like let’s start with drafting a season.Then let’s draft a stadium. A QB is far down on the list.

  171. By wacky on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    every viking player sucks! we need superman to help us!!

  172. By Vernon on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings should stay put at number 12 and draft best player available.. Prince Amuramara or Julio Jones Either should be available and if not that means Cam Newton slipped down or Von Miller slipped down there 1 of those fits the Best Available Player name. I would prefer Julio Jones or Prince Amuramara with that #12 pick but for the safe of “What If’s?” IF all 4 are gone Ryan Mallet would be available and that would be a worst case situation to have to choose someone else over Ryan Mallet cause in a few years under the right situations that kid would be putting up HUGE numbers.. one of those situations would be a team with a solid O-Line Running game and 2 great deep threat receivers which the Vikings dont currently have.. if they bring in Julio Jones its a Must they bring back Randy Moss to help coach the young gun the ropes. Sydney is going to sign elsewhere :( (I fear!) SOoo which team forks over a 1st round pick for Sydney?? what #– Baltimore? they couldnt get a better option for their pick which opens up the Vikings to have a 24pick also that would be Ideal for a solid and valuable Offensive lineman pick!

    It’s all dreams and hearsay!

  173. By Vernon on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Correction further investigation uncovers Baltimore’s 1st round pick is #26.. Still…
    It’s all dreams and hearsay!

  174. By GOLDVIKE on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    IF WE DON’T FIX OUR O-LINE IT WON’T MATTER WHO OUR Q.B. IS. WEBB IS ALREADY BETTER THAN MCNABB OR YOUNG

  175. By Matt on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone that watched the vikings last season has to know that O-line was by far the biggest weakness (even manning or brady would have sucked behind that line). Even with Griffin and Cook injured and as bad as our db’s were the o-line was much worse. Our secondary should improve just from people getting healthy (although I’d love to see us get lucky and snag Deandre Mcdaniel S Clemson in the 4th rd). Can someone please tell me what all the hype about prince amukamara is all about all the games I’ve seen of him he’s continually getting burnt for big plays. Unfortunately none of the top rated OT’s seem all that good either. Anyone watch the senior bowl or just simply youtube Solder or Costanzo they can’t handle the speed rushers or the bull rushers. I pray we don’t take either of those guys. Carimi is decent but the guy I really like is Sherrod check that guy out. On the left side in the senior bowl he dominated all the top rated DE’s he went against. I think moving back in the 1st round far enough to pick up a 3rd round pick would be the best move if there are any trade partners. Then we could still possibly grab Pouncey, Sherrod, Carimi or one of the QB’s. With all of our draft picks (9 with the compensatory picks) I’m sure we could slide up a bit in the 2nd round and grab one of the QB’s.

  176. By Ham on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    duplicate comment deleted? BS. I don’t see it.

  177. By Ham on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings o-lone had a bad year, that doesn’t mean you replace them. The same 5 guys took us to the NFCC a year before…

    Mckinnie is serviceable and cheap compared to a lot of starting LTs, he’s getting up there in age but has a few good years in him.

    Hutch was solid but he’s also getting older, I think he might be the oldest dude on the line.

    Sullivan is small and gets pushed around A LOT, they should address the center position at some point in the draft.

    Herrera is average & has to come back from his ACL butI think DeGeare has the potential to replace him. Chris got better every game he was out there, and for some reason the team thinks Cook can challenge for it too.

    Lastly Loadholt had a bad year but he showed a lot his first year. Too early to give up on him.

    There’s also the new OL coach to take into consideration, position coaches matter a lot more than people think, especially the DL & OL. There are people that think the line could switch to man blocking which could be a strength of massive OL guys like Mckinnie. The top of the draft is not very loaded with OL talent, most of them are projects (like Solder) and no where near worthy of the #12 pick. When you have as many needs as this team does there’s no reason to reach for an OL guy in the first round when you could take the probably same guy 10 picks later. NO DUPLICATE COMMENT MK THX.

  178. By Ham on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    And goldvike, “Webb is already better than McNabb or Young” makes no sense to me. Are you basing this comment off of one game? lol how can you even say Webb is better than anyone at this point when he’s barely been on the field, and never been on one in a meaningful game. They are not even similar style QBs I don’t get why you are comparing them to Webb…

  179. By Matt on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ham I hope you’re right about the O-line. But as I remember the year before last our O-line was pretty bad as well. Favre was under alot of pressure that year also. Especially in the Saints game. Favre was just awesome all that year and covered up for the bad O-line play. I agree with you on DeGeare, he looked pretty good when Hutch was out. Sullivan, Hutch and Herrera were all hurt last year so hopefully them being healthy will help a bit.

  180. By Levi on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Andy dalton is the vikings guy i say draft Tyson smith from USC or pouncy from Flordia, both guys can play and if we do that we will be better off. Then all we need to do is draft a QB and that guy is Dalton He is a proven leader he can run the ball as well as throw the ball too, i see him as the vikings starting QB on week one. I really hope the vikings get this guy if they dont i will be very mad because this guy is talented but they just dont see it. COME ON VIKINGS GET HIM

  181. By James on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    With all the talk on nfl and espn no QB,OL,likely to be worthy of a higher 1st rd. pick and likely to be a strong starter.They have OL (maybe Smith higher)not worhty of a top 18 pick. QB they have going early because of teams need if the vikings try that it will hamper them.Doesn,t picking the best on the vikings board at 12 better and if that is’nt a need to trade back.The point system for trading with a team like eagle’s for Kolb would not cost much more than swapping first picks if eagle’s needs sit at 12th pick.S.Rice has only been a one yr wonder so trading him could be likely if he does not get resigned before season(need cba or judge to rule for season before draft).There is plenty of talent in 2nd, 3rd and 4th to make a team worthy of competing.One or to starting free agents too

  182. By Ham on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah I’m hoping they’ll be better but I don’t think they’ll become a top 5 OL anytime soon, I’m just saying I if we do address the OL in the draft this year I think it should be the interior guys, because of the lack of “elite OT talent” and considering the number of needs vs the number of picks the vikes have.

  183. By drew on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    We need offensive line men, we could get then with our 4th round and our two fifth rounds. I think we should bring back Randy Moss, he wants to come back even for the minimum plus incentives. Sign McNabb free agency. Draft the best corner in teh draft with our 12th pick overall.

  184. By jason on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    wtf this site is a joke i posted two in depth comments and nothing got posted unless they are i will never like or recommend this site to even my worst enemy get ur stuff together and tighten it up now

  185. By Rayzor on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    I Think The Vikes Should Get Orton In Free Agency Take Jake Locker In The Draft Then If Hes Available In The Second Round Take J.J. Watt

  186. By James on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ham i,m behind you on your thoughts.Having a def. minded coach means his heart wants a def. player, with 1st. and 2nd go def. or take a QB in 2nd (maybe Ponder,pro-style qb that finish school in 2 1/2 yrs.).He could learn behind any vet.QB. Or get a third back get def. player giving vikes 3-4-5-5-6-6 rds. to get that OL player that some think will solve something AP got 1298 rushing close to 450 passing yds. last year with many injuries to the OL.Orton will not be a free agent next year so they need to go some other route plus bears didn’t want him why would vikes.

  187. By Parody on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Jason – The site moderators feel the need to try to block any word that has the potential to be offensive to someone. Because of this they have a long list of words, whether as a word on their own, or hidden in the middle of an otherwise completely acceptable word, that force an entire comment to be blocked without notice.

    Recently, this system they have going caused me to learn a new cuss word! The word “mîck” forced one of my comments to be blocked, so I just looked it up to figure out why in the world it might offend anyone. Apparantly, it is a term used to insult someone’s Irish origins. I interpret this to have similar meaning to calling a black man a “niggèr”.

    So thank you Vikings.com! Your efforts to force people not to use offensive language continues to build on my vocabulary of offensive words! Had I never known the word was offensive to somebody, I would never even think to use it against someone. But the knowledge coupled with the intolerance of others continues to cause me to be more intolerable. Well done!

  188. By Titus on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, you must be young not to know such terms. I am surprised, for the most part you seem one of the wiser ones on here. Now, you are even wiser for knowing how to offend an entire island–

  189. By Parody on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    What can I say? I never learned anything about my Irish heritage. I had to dig deep just to learn that I have a considerable amount of Irish in my blood. That’s how little the family keeps track of our history.

    But, I’d argue that it’s much better to refrain from teaching bad words than to teach us why we shouldn’t be using them, and then spend so much effort imposing the rules.

    And I’ve always been a proponent for complete freedom of speech anyways. Words only hurt if the listener wants them to. Anybody who puts forth a little effort can make socially acceptable words have the same effect as the ones we try to ban.

  190. By wacky on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    don’t be dum, trade up to get the #1 pick and take the best QB…. do it right the frist time! ###############111111111111111111111111 pick!!!!

  191. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wacky, Although I may agree with you…this is not the vikings way….we pick up a vet (old) QB and try to ” make it ” with him. They will probably trade for Orton or Kolb…. and I am okay with that if either of them can make us contenders. It is unlikely with either a vet or a rookie, I hate to say this…but we are going to lose AP’s best years trying to re-build. Our best bet was with #4 and if he was physically able I would welcome him back…cuz he is all heart and I would take a QB with heart above one without.

  192. By cj on Mar 29, 2011 | Reply

    J.J WaTT is the correct play!

  193. By kong on Mar 29, 2011 | Reply

    quarterback in the first round is a waste, draft a reliable WR/CB Julio Jones/Patrick Peterson. if you get Patrick Peterson, move Winfield to the Safety position since hes getting older and slower.

    Julio Jones would be an additional threat to open the other 3 WR and especially Adrian Peterson. Get a good OL at the 2nd/4th round and then work your way around….. this draft is exciting! as long as you dont draft a QB then we should all be good

  194. By Levi on Mar 29, 2011 | Reply

    Im calling it Guys right here. The vikings will get Tyson Smith from USC Or Pouncy from Flordia. And they draft Andy Dalton from TCU and when they do that lookout packers here we come. Dalton is a guy who you can start at week 1 or develop him more either way Daltons the guy for minnesota

  195. By James on Mar 29, 2011 | Reply

    Mallett and Ponder are both better than Dalton and none are worth a #12 pick in the first.Mallett has a big arm is thought to be the most accr. out of this draft plus stand tall in the pocket.Ponder comes from under the center style and was MVP of senior bowl and both played opp. stronger the Dalton.Ponder finish school in only 2 1/2yrs. Dalton s*kd in the senior bowl and worked his way to bigger schools at the end of his col. career..look at the top 40 players rated this year Dalton is not there Mallett is. Def. minded coach will start on def. since both sides need help and pick Mallett or Ponder by moving up and still get that OL. player.

  196. By troy on Mar 29, 2011 | Reply

    1) trade down in this round for a high teens or early twentys pick and a third rounder, unless amukamara or another top ten pick drops down.
    2) take one of the qbs (if its fraziers guy)
    3) OL is kinda late now but its now or never.
    4) Austin Pettis (WR from Boise)

  197. By troy on Mar 29, 2011 | Reply

    and trading back in the first. take pouncey, so in the 3rd round we can take a DL actually

  198. By Ironman on Mar 30, 2011 | Reply

    Take a DE in the first and ponder in the second!!

  199. By Pjack on Mar 30, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings trade up in the first round, switching places with Carolina and giving them our first round pick next year to take the only franchise quarterback on this board… Gabbert! ALL IN ON GABBERT! Yeah, you could get a project and attitude like Cam Newton… or a 28 year old rookie like Ponder, but Gabbert is 21 and a franchise type of guy… no one else is.

  200. By melkiper on Mar 30, 2011 | Reply

    Vikes will draft mallet in the first round, the other scenario I see playing out is trading up to grab newton, which I’m not a big fan of I just can’t picture newton being an improvement over any nfc north qb’s. No qb’s stands out this year unfortunately.

  201. By wezo on Mar 30, 2011 | Reply

    throw Webb in tha heat of tha fire,sign Hasselbeck as tha backup. Next draft speed in tha secondary, followed by 1 of those wr’s from Boise St. Peterson set records with this makeshift O-line, but getting Favre turned this team from a run 1st to a pass 1st offense.later rounds of tha draft get sure subs on tha o-line and on defense who may turn into all pro’s.

  202. By Jmax on Mar 30, 2011 | Reply

    I didn’t read every one of these posts, but my main concern with the Viking would have to be the Offensive and Defensive lines (especially the interior lines). Other than POSSIBLY Gabbert, I don’t see any of the QBs coming out as being in the same league with Bradford, Freeman, Ryan, and maybe not even Flacco. That being said you can wait on a signal caller.
    I’m no fan of Minnesota’s OTs (Mckinnie and Loadholt), but as bad as they ahave been, their interior line is FAR WORSE. Hutch has been injured, and Sullivan Herrera and Cook are AWFUL. AP can’t run if there are defenders meeting him 3-5 yards in the backfield, and NO QB handles pressure up the middle well. They need Talent; POWERFUL talent. Moving back for Pouncey or Watkins is a great first move. Another OL in the 3rd or 4th may be necessary as well.
    Everyone is concerned with the possible loss of Edwards on the DL, and with good reason, but the BIGGEST ISSUE IS THE LOSS OF THE LINES ANCHOR PAT WILLIAMS. Don’t be fooled; you can’t just put some 6’2” 300 pounder (most of which in this draft are really a 3 technique DTs) in beside K Will and expect them to defend the run. I hear 3-4 teams whine about this a lot, but this goes for 4-3 teams too: THIS LINE NEED A NT. Beyond Dareus and Phil Taylor, I don’t see to many prospects out there, but the Vikes have to fortify the run Defense.
    Obviously, if Dareus, Peterson or someone of that caliber falls within range of the 12th pick, that changes everything, but the Vikings are getting soft up the middle on both sides of the ball.
    One last note, let’s hope the Vikings take a page out of the Patriots play book. If they don’t have a player rated where they pick, PLEASE MOVE BACK AND PICK UP SOME EXTA PICKS!!!

  203. By mass on Mar 30, 2011 | Reply

    # 12 Juliio Jones
    # 43 colin kaepernick

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