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Vikings Set For A Busy Day 3 Of The NFL Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 30, 2011 – 9:55 am

Day 3 of the 2011 NFL Draft – rounds 3-7 – is about to begin and it should be a busy for the Vikings because they have 7 selections at their disposal. Let’s take a brief look at where the Vikings stand and what they could address as the 4th round draws closer.

We know the Vikings have addressed the QB position, tabbing Christian Ponder with the 12th pick of the 1st round. The Vikings then got a tremendous value pick in the 2nd round by grabbing TE Kyle Rudolph, the best player at his position in the draft.

In the 4th round, the Vikings hold the 9th overall pick (#106 overall). The Vikings then have 2 picks in the 5th, 6th and 7th rounds. There are several positions the team could address today, but don’t be surprised to see the team package a pair of picks to trade up and grab a player they really like. Also keep in mind that compensatory picks cannot be traded, so the Vikings can’t use their 2nd picks in the 5th and 7th rounds in any trade.

Here are several players I’ll be keeping my eye on in the 4th and 5th rounds…

DT Christian Ballard (Iowa), S Ahmad Black (Florida), OT Clint Boling (Georgia), CB Kendric Burney (North Carolina), CB Brandon Burton (Utah), CB Quinton Carter (Oklahoma), DB Chimdi Chekwa (Ohio State), WR Tandon Doss (Indiana), WR Edmund Gates (Abilene Christian), RB Taiwan Jones (Eastern Washington) and WR Greg Salas (Hawaii).

Of those names, you’ll notice that Ballard is the only defensive lineman, so if he somehow slides to the 9th pick of the 3rd round, the Vikings might pounce on him to beef up their defensive line. If he’s gone by the 9th pick of the 3rd round, watch for the Vikings to add Boling to fortify offensive line depth, Black to boost the secondary or one of those CBs to compete with Asher Allen, Chris Cook and Co.


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23 Responses to “Vikings Set For A Busy Day 3 Of The NFL Draft”

  1. By lawson on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Marcus Gannon PLEASE!!!!!!

  2. By lawson on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    We need some developmental Guards to take over for Hutch, and/or possibly step in for our RG (Herrera, dont quote me on that spelling)

  3. By lawson on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    excuse me, Marcus Cannon*

  4. By lawson on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    VIKINGS FANS!!!!! WAKE UP…..this is where your team finds champions

  5. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Great pick! Ballard round 2-3 material

  6. By Ekolu on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings have stuck true to their board and picked up another great value pick in Ballard. Definitely looking good.

  7. By Ekolu on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    We’ve got 6 more picks and their are some good football players left on the board, perhaps a couple great ones.

  8. By Nate on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ballard dropped because he lacks work ethic and is too soft.

  9. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Q. Carter gone at #11 I thought that was the one

  10. By lawson on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    anyone know any good remaining linebackers we could pick up???

  11. By Bob on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    now that we have Ballard, we should go after Ahmad Black in the 5th round

  12. By Bob on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    or an OL

  13. By Bob on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    a good LB would be Mark Herzlich

  14. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Yes agreed! safety and ol close together picks 139 and 150

  15. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ahmad Black talented as any db we currently have . jumps easily with 6’3, etc receivers and will not drop int’s!!

  16. By Rick on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I think a linebacker would be something we don’t need horribly bad just resign leber draft a good db a good reciever and spend the remaining picks on o-line players although none of that in any particular order just pick the best available out of those positions from this point on

  17. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Sands gone (S)
    trent dilfer dogging ponder on radio now!

  18. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    wow quickest pick in the round it’s in Burton CB

  19. By Vernon on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    WooT Brandon Burton I’m happy with the last 2 Picks of the Vikings.. 4th Round they nab a late second graded DT to throw in the mix and a strong selection with B. Burton :D Now to address Safety, O-line, kicker :)

  20. By Vernon on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Heres hope to A. Black with that 150 selection!

  21. By Vernon on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    What happened with that 150pick… Cleveland slid in..
    ????

  22. By Ardi on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    We now have 10 picks instead of 9

  23. By NoPCvirusesEverAgain! on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is gonna ROCK the House! Hopefully a new house!

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