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Vikings Are On The Clock, And In Great Position

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 12, 2012 – 5:32 am

The Vikings hold the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and won’t make their selection until the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins choose in front of them. But for all intents and purposes, the Vikings are already on the clock.

The Colts are widely expected to take QB Andrew Luck at #1, and now that the QB-needy Washington Redskins have traded into the #2 spot, it’s safe to assume that Robert Griffin III will be the choice right after Luck.

That leaves the Vikings at #3, but essentially they have the #1 overall choice for all non-QB players. The Vikings could do what the St. Louis Rams did with their pick (originally #2 overall) and auction it off to any team enamored with WR Justin Blackmon, CB Morris Claiborne, LT Matt Kalil or any other player of choice. Furthermore, the Vikings will now have roughly six weeks to assess any trade offers that might come their way, whereas typically teams only have 5-10 minutes (while they’re on the clock on draft day) to make such an important decision.

If they don’t receive a trade offer to their liking or any trade offer at all, the Vikings can simply stay put at #3 and select the highest-rated non-QB on their entire draft board.

Either way, the Vikings are in a great spot. They’ll select an immediate impact player at a position of need with the 3rd pick, or they’ll move back and receive draft-pick compensation in return, while still getting a talented player who can help out right away.

Fans, what do you think? Kalil seems to be the natural fit, but do any of you feel Blackmon or Claiborne would be a better choice? And for those of you who want the Vikings to trade back, what’s the furthest you’d want to drop back? Let us know by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below this entry.


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163 Responses to “Vikings Are On The Clock, And In Great Position”

  1. By Jim Myhre on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s just say I WOULD be excited if we had the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th pick overall.

  2. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Now especially, since we’ve cut two starters from the offensive line, we need to stay at #3 and take Kalil.

    Hopefully with free agency right around the corner, we’ll be learning soon about a big addition. A top notch guard would be awesome to pick up now that we’ve cut Hutchinson loose. He was dropping in production the past couple of years, so I think it was the right time to let him go, but we don’t have any good replacements on the roster right now, so I hope we address this need more than any other through free agency.

    Then, if we can get one good CB or WR in free agency, that should be enough to set the direction for the draft. Start out with Kalil, get a CB/WR in the second round depending on how things went in free agency, get a safety in the third, LB and DT with the next two picks, and then build depth.

  3. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I look at the Draft and think that Picking Matt Kalil at #3 is a no brainer. In fact if the Vikings don’t pick him, they will take a beating by the media. With the release of 2 Vet Guards this weekend, the team has a great need on the OL. I believe that the Vikings are going to get an offensive weapon in FA for Ponder. I think we get our #1 WR in FA and draft the rest of our needs. I think we also bring in some of the top rookie players that will not be in the draft. Next two days we will see if the team decides to resign any of the free agent players on our list. I am thinking the team is not going to, but we will see. Will be an exciting week.

  4. By Daniel0227 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil will go in the first to us, That is almost a lock for sure. But in the second, MLB should be the #1 choice. Michael Kendricks would be an absolute steal there. This guy has Patrick willis written all over him. Our Defence in the Tampa 2 needs a MLB that can drop back into Coverage. E.J. can not do that. Kendricks has all the tools and is the perfect fit for our D. Kendricks in round 2 all the way for me.

  5. By jim on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’D RATHER SEE THEM GET BLACKMON

  6. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Then again, I’ve heard rumors that Charlie Johnson would be Hutch’s replacement. He was rated as the worst starting LT in the NFL last year, so I’m not sure if he can be much good if we move him inside to guard.

    With $23 million in cap space, we have a lot of room for improvements. One more guard for $5-6 million would be very reasonable. We then throw him in at the left side and take the pressure off Johnson, putting him on the right.

  7. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think a playoff run is on the Vikings radar this year but a constant improvement from last year. I think that getting the OL together maybe a 2 year project. I think they evaluate the Guards we currently have moving Charlie Johnson to LG and the younger guys at RG. I think that Fraizer is still sold that Loadholt will be a good RT and he stays at that position. Sullivan is definately has the center spot. I don’t agree on Johnson and think we should let him go. If it doesn’t work the team will look to draft a OG next year.

  8. By Roninmn.. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    We should stay where we are and take Kalil. Then use the rest of our picks wisely. I think we can pick up some good players later on in the draft.

  9. By Jason on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Have to draft Kalil, start the youth movement on the Oline and we will just have to wait and see for the 35th overall pick can’t do much until then

  10. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Draft O-line depth after Kalil

    #1 Guard David Decastro
    #2 Guard Cordy Glenn (LT senior season massive guy)

    #2 Left Tackle Riley Reiff ( experts see more value at RT )
    #3 Left Tackle Jonathan Martin ( ranked above Kalil in Jan )
    #4 Left Tackle Mike Adams ( another massive guy )

  11. By rwbart1 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go with the stud wr from pkla st. Him and Harvin would make a grab tandem, besides Joe Webb is used to having no one block for him!

  12. By Phill on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil is the safe pick and one that makes a lot of sense after cutting Herrera and hutch. Claiborne could be a shutdown corner that would help the Vikings against the rest of the division whih has become pass happy. Blackmon would be a huge bust.

  13. By Derek on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think this year all falls on how AP comes back and plays.

  14. By Carter on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think taking Blackmon would be a smart decision. If we want to keep up with the offenses of Green Bay and Detroit, we need to be able to score. Having two top-tier receivers would give us a lot more opportunities to score, and with the cap space we now have, it’ll be easier to pick up a couple vet o-linemen in FA than a star wide receiver.

  15. By PTviking on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Blackmon is overrated! He’s not the type of receiver this team needs. Claiborne can’t tackle and he’s not Patrick Peterson, not even close! I just hope Spielman doesn’t try to over-think himself and ruin the draft this year! With the #3 overall pick the Minnesota Vikings select Matt Kalil!!PLEASE!!

  16. By Roninmn.. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    kalil it is..

  17. By Troutdaddy on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil is the right choice to stick with here, If we can fill our WR spot and another Guard in FA then we can focus on the remaining spots in the draft. Trading back isn’t going to help our cause. All I can say is that all eyes are on the Vikes this time around and if they mess this draft up then people are going to be screaming. We are in a good spot right now with room in the cap and a top 3 pick. When you are dealt a hand like that then you should go with the “Smoke em if you got em” philosophy and use them to your best advantage rather than let another team trade… Ball is in your court Spielman and Frazier….I bleed purple…. Nuf said…

  18. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Once about every 5-10yrs a team gets a chance at an outstanding talent at LT that grades out like Matt Kalil…And just one team gets lucky enough to have the pieces fall perfectly in place for different reasons to draft that LT…The Vikings have that “perfect storm” happening to them right now…

    Kalil will be the 3rd pick in the draft…And will be wearing the purple and gold for the next 10+ years…

  19. By jim on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Born and raised in New York…only 1 team in NY Buffalo. I really like Blackmon I saw him play and he is amazing…Kalil and B,ackmon would be nice.

  20. By VegasVike on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Washington @ #2? Did I miss something?

  21. By jim on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    hmmmmmmm guess i did to

  22. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I want Kalil more than any other player in the draft…But there is one trade scenario that “might” make Spielman flinch if offered by the Rams if they rank Kalil as high I would think the Vikings do on their own draft board…

    What if the Rams offered to trade their newly aquired 6th round pick in the first…Their 33rd and newly aquired 39th pick to the Vikings for the 3rd overall pick in the draft so they still could land any player they wanted ??…

    Rams would then have the 3rd overall pick in the draft Washintons first picks in the drafts of 2013 and 2014….Vikings would have the 6th overall pick and the 33rd,35th (their own pick), and 39th picks in the second round in this springs draft…

  23. By Daniel0227 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone knows who we are taking in the first. But for me, Kendricks is as close to Partick willis as it comes. Kendricks in the second fellas.

  24. By Bruce Phillips on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think that whenever you have the opportunity to draft an elite left tackle prospect, you do it. The Vikes took a USC tackle named Ron Yary the last time they drafted this high, and that worked out pretty well.

  25. By VegasVike on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yep, sure did! LET’S GET KALIL!!

  26. By purple demons on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    PROTECT THE QB AT ALL COSTS ,dont need the cheating saints or pats coming after our young qb AT ALL COSTS

  27. By ConMan5228 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Draft WR Brian Quick in round 3! He’s 6’3″ and would be great as a #2 receiver next to Harvin. Pick up V-JAX in FA and an underrated CB. Draft Safety Mark Barron in Round 2. Then, we’ll have a great starting safety, a young CB, 2 great WRs, and an upcoming WR. Also, we’ll have one of the best LT prospects in a long time. With Ponder having a full offseason to work with Rudolph, we could be a playoff threat. I’m not convinced we’ll be a playoff contender this year, but next year, we’ll be in the running.

  28. By prinzcharlez on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    With the 3rd pick in 2012 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select LT Matt Kalil. KISS (Keep it simple stupid) We can’t mess this up. @ Daniel0227, you’re right Patrick Kendricks is beast, I would love to see him in purple terrorizing the NFC North opponents.

  29. By prinzcharlez on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    OOPS…..Mychal Kendricks.

  30. By CA Norseman on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think if the bears get Vincent Jackson, an OT will not help enough. This Poe guy’s size and combine skills make him out to be an elite impact player @ get go. You cannot double him and J.Allen. I wish they would trade down for more picks. They should not do the no brainer… begin being unpredictable now! Better coverage begins with line pressure, and less to be asked of coversge.

  31. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    VegasVike – What you missed was that Washington traded with St. Louis over the weekend. Washington got the #2 pick in exchange for this year’s second round pick and 3 first round picks (including this year’s 6th overall pick).

    I’m willing to bet that St. Louis will be ruling the west for the next decade due to that trade, while the Skins will be scrounging for a prayer to get into the playoffs every year with little more than a QB to carry them forward. Rams are huge winners out of that trade.

  32. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil should be the pick unless Spielman wants to get Ponder killed. Blackmon is a no. 2 wr and is not worth a top 5 selection. This year draft class is loaded with WRs so wait till round 2 or later.

  33. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I could see the Vikes trading back in to the first round for Wr Stephen Hill.

  34. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    If we trade back into the first round, I’d prefer it be for a DB. Stephon Gilmore and Mark Barron are at the top of my wishlist.

    That could all easily change after we see what the team does in free agency. I hope they make at least one big move, whether it be for a guard, DT, LB, CB, WR or Safety.

  35. By DM Hof on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    The vikes should trade AP and get as much as they can for him. His time is up he had a few good years and now is his time to move on.

  36. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    The “veteran guards” that everyone is crying about us releasing recently were not worth what they were being paid, and hadn’t been worth it for at least two seasons now.

    “Oh now we HAVE to draft Kalil because we just released some really good guards man”… get out of here, are you serious our offensive line was terrible and Hutch hasn’t been anything better than above average for two seasons in a row. Releasing these guys helps the line right there because now you can get young players for the same or for less money.

    Kalil is good but if they are offered a good deal to trade down to no more than 12 and get 12 overall in 2nd and 3rd round on top of the two 2nd round picks they already have, then maybe they think about it at least. You have to consider it when you are lacking talent in nearly every position. Kalil isn’t gonna stop the run or shut down the other team from scoring either. He’s just a left tackle, that’s it.

  37. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    OT Kalil2012 that is the most ridiculous thing I have heard since Moss coming back and then being fired 3 weeks later.

    The rams are not going to give us all those picks just to essentially take their spot back. They are set for success the way they are.

    All I have to say is if they use this pick on Kalil and he doesn’t just dominate and transform the offense this year, then I’ll be back here asking all of you guys what happened.

  38. By john cudjoe on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    get MATT KALIL…its really a no brainer

  39. By RichardA1 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I say go all defensive, we need to use everything we got and our coaches are defensive minded. Maybe trade A.P. for more defensive players.

  40. By mike on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Trade down for a 1st rounder this year and 2nd this year and 2nd next year. Trade both 2nd rounders this year for 1st rounders next year.
    Then in 2013 we have 4 1st rounders and 2 2nd rounders. Oh, we do not have to use them all, we can use the draft choices to go out and get the players that we want and save a 2nd or 3rd rounder in 2013 to trade for a better pick in the 2014 draft.

    Ponder is going to get David Carr’d, Ryan Leaf’d, Akili Smith’d and every other problem QB that never makes it because he lacks the team around him. Simply adding Kalil is a start but I very much worry he isn’t enough (even with solid free agent OL around him. He can handle maybe a year or two but by then we had better have some very long term solutions in at OLINE for him. We have done this backwards. You put the Oline and TEAM in place around the QB first, particularly build a young Oline that lasts longer than the QB anyways (most of the time), and a young WR that can develop (we have this in Harvin).

    OL are probably the most valuable for a team because of the duration of their career and what they do for a QB. With that being said, we are kidding ourselves if we think a single talented OL is enough while the inside blitz is going to tear our Oline apart.

    When are we going to wise up and stop trying to build a team that can win in 1 year if they are lucky and never have a chance at the SB again for years and start to trade away players for younger players and or draft choices before they decline and eventually get cut.
    Saving cap room is good, bu saving cap room in the future AND getting draft choices for it, s better.

    Also trade
    Kevin Williams For Suh. Williams is better, with less “issues” but Suh can potentially give us 8 times the value as he is 8 years younger. We have to get younger if we want to be good in the future.

    Jared Allen for Jason Pierre Paul and a 3rd rounder for the same reasons. Giants are in position to repeat and might be willing to give up a draft choice and a guy for Jared Allen who gives them an edge.

    Trade Winfield for a 3rd rounder+. We are not going to win the championship next year and we are rebuilding, so let’s get what we can from a guy who won’t be on the team next year or any time in the future.

    Trust me, I’m a huge fan of all of these guys and I will be sad to see them go, but I want to actually be able to see the Vikings win a superbowl someday, not have several mediocre to decent seasons for decades without ever winning the big one.

  41. By mike on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    **Trade down for a 1st rounder this year and next and a 2nd this year and 2nd next year.

  42. By mike on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    “By RichardA1 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I say go all defensive, we need to use everything we got and our coaches are defensive minded. Maybe trade A.P. for more defensive players.

    We aren’t going to trade AP after signing to a 7 year contract. The cap hit would be enormous. If we were going to trade AP the time to do it would have been last year or the year before, or else we would have had to have signed him to a more trade friendly deal

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sage Rosenfels signs contract with Vikings…

    I was wondering about this signing…Or if it might happen ?? Wonder if it means J Webb might be on the trading block ??…Ponder is the main man for Spielman…And Sage is a more than capable talent to handle the number 2 QB position on any team…At least more talent than what a team should have just sitting on the bench or just mentoring as a 3rd QB…

  44. By NORTHLANDER on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    draft kalil then the rest of the draft focus on detense. v.jack in fa and maybe a vet gaurd

  45. By tdurfeightyeight on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    The Bucs want Blackmon badly,but since he ran a 4.46 at O.S.U. pro day the Browns are now going to select him with the 4th pick overall. Why not trade down with Tampa Bay,the Browns will not take a L.T. because they have Joe Thomas. We would still end up with Kalil and an extra draft pick or two.

    I believe the best player in the draft is Poe,who would look great next to Allen and Williams.Why not trade down and take Poe and in with the two picks in the 2nd round we can get Osemele,Sanders,Adams or plenty of other lineman who will be there because of the surge of defensive players in this draft to the first round.

    The rest of the draft should be as follows best player available at either guard,cornerback,safety,receiver,d.tackle,and linebacker with one not being more important than the other.

    It also depends on what the Vikes do in free agency

  46. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Redskins had a plan B ready if they were jilted in the P Manning sweepstakes…They gave up a ton of draft picks to Fisher and the Rams for RG III when Peyton didn’t want to answer any calls from the Redskins…

    What if the Browns had a similar deal in place in case the Redskins threw their draft away grabbing RG III…Just like have done…Childress might have had a deal in place with the Vikings to grab Webb from the Vikings…I always said Webb has all the same skills RG III has…And plus 2 more years experience in the NFL…Would Spielman work a trade to obtain back to back picks at the top of the second round of this springs draft ???…

    Maybe not…But makes a good conspiracy theory….: )

  47. By chris on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    dont drop back take best available we need help in all areas

  48. By chris on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    wr cb lg doesnt matter grab them

  49. By rino on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    would love to see vikings take Kalih and j. martin in first two round but i think vikings will surpise us in free agency and the draft

  50. By DRS on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Dayton: Vikings stadium bill has ’50-50′ chance at Capitol

    by Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio

    March 11, 2012

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton said Sunday while he supports a new Vikings stadium, he’s not sure it will win approval at the Legislature.
    “I’d say it’s 50-50. You know, it’s there to be gained, and it’s there to be lost,” Dayton said on WCCO-TV. “I think the various opponents are a lot more outspoken and engaged at the Legislature right now than the people who would be advocates for it.”

    Stadium talks are now in their 15th month at the Capitol, dating back to the start of the Dayton administration.

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/11/dayton-vikings-stadium/

  51. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    State is wrapping up their side of evidence in the C Cook court case most likely this afternoon…The defense will be bringing in some medical experts to testify yet…And the defense has not yet decided if they will have Cook testify in his own defense yet ??..

    Cook’s case should be in the hands of the jury soon…

  52. By Jeremy on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would rather see them get Justin Blackmon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I really like Kalil – If the Rams want to trade… I would want a 1st round pick next year. The 6th pick this year along with a 2nd and 3rd round this year.

  54. By DRS on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Dayton was critical of some members of the Legislature.

    “I have heard enough times to believe it, that very strong caucuses, especially in the House, who say we’re against this, but we don’t want to be put to a vote on it, so let’s just punt,” he said. “We’re in the middle of the regular session now. I think the focus should be on getting it done now. If it’s not done this year, I’d be inclined to wait until the next session, which would start in January, and go at it again.”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/142273495.html

  55. By Kansas Viking on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would be disappointed if we draft anyone else other than Kalil right now with the 3rd pick. Like it or not, we are in the rebuilding stages now. But we need to rebuild fast, while we still have some of the Star power from Allen, Harvin, and Peterson. I think Ponder has 2 more years to prove he can be a guy deserving of the early 1st round pick he received last year. Rebuilding the O starts on the Line. Get Kalil, and spend some dough on a FA Guard.. Nicks is out there, and so is Ben Grubbs.. With 2nd pick, go after either a CB or a LB. As someone else was saying, Kendricks is a pretty good fit. Also, see if we can pick up LaRon Landry as a SS. 3rd Round Pick any Stud DT, LB, CB, G or WR. Basically best player available that also fills an immediate need. I think on Defense, we really only have 3-5 players that really deserve to be starting in the NFL anymore. Allen, Williams still has another year or 2 left in him, Greenway, Robison/Griffin combo and maybe Winfield. Although IMHO its time to see if Winfield can be moved back to Free Safety or somewhere like that, Draft 1 or 2, Give Cook another shot. On Offense, toughen the line up, add a posession receiver that can be counted on in the Clutch. Also, Nobody has said that we can not sign Hutch back at a lower price to the club. He got a lucritive deal, and has not performed to that level the last 2 years. He is still good though, and if he would consider signing back with the team for less money, why not do that?

  56. By DRS on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like it will be one more year and then there will be no more MN Vikings, way to go Minnesota, keep dragging your heals and see what happens, them see and waiters will get you every time. We can only hope the legislatures can do what is right and lead the people to a new stadium before it is too late.

  57. By DRS on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Moss can help distract other teams looking for receivers

    Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, Bears, NFC, Super Bowl, Vikings fans, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin Updated: March 12, 2012 – 12:09 PM

    Several teams are looking for receivers. At least two of them — and possibly more to come — are distracted by the potential that Randy Moss presents at age 35 and a year removed from his last snap in what was a miserable 2010 season.

    The Vikings are one of the teams looking for a receiver and obviously one of the teams with zero interest in Moss. So they have to be rooting for Randy to satisfy some other team’s thirst for a receiver. Presumably, any team looking to take on Moss’ hefty baggage and attitude isn’t looking to make him a No. 4-5 receiver. So that team likely wouldn’t be pursuing yet another receiver when free agency opens at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

    With only one true No. 1-type receiver — Vincent Jackson — in free agency, the Vikings are likely to be competing with several teams for some of the talented, but lower-tier receivers such as Pierre Garcon, Robert Meachum, Marques Colston and Laurent Robinson.

    Vikings fans are seemingly stuck on Jackson. But that doesn’t appear likely to happen.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/142340365.html

  58. By DRS on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings safety Husain Abdullah heads toward Tuesday’s start of free agency knowing full well that he’s among a group of players who will be scrutinized a little bit differently in today’s NFL.

    Although he’s a young, experienced and improving player, Abdullah also has suffered four concussions the past two seasons. He’s been cleared by a host of medical personnel, including two of the country’s leading concussion specialists, but he also knows his market value could be hurt by the same changing culture that probably helped him avoid a more serious concussion.

    “I can definitely see why it would hurt,” Abdullah said. “Concussions get all the attention. It’s the hot topic. The NFL has increased the awareness of concussions and how it protects the players from coming back too soon. So that’s going to be the first thing teams want to look at if you have a history of concussions.”

    Abdullah wants to re-sign with the Vikings, a team that took a chance on him as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State in 2008. The Vikings are interested but have been frank about their concussion concerns in a league that now has a strict return-to-play protocol

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/142271515.html

  59. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sage has agreed to a contract with the Vikings. I like it.

  60. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Next step is to draft Russell Wilson with one of our 4th or 5th round picks …. and move Webb to WR and watch him dance in the end zone.

  61. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    we signed sage rosenfel …. sweet im thinking super bowl now

  62. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    carl k … i respect your opinion but we have 4 QBs on the roster now and 3 youngsters.

    we should be done with qb this year. there are only 4 units we are ok at

    QBs – young and unproven but im good with them

    RBs- injured but Im not worried (could use a blocking back or a real FB)

    WRs- dont need more 2s and 3s so I see Percy as a Steve Smith type aka a #1

    TEs- could use a vet to help Rudolph and Reisner

    OL- Worst LT in the league – cut both starting guards – good at center- RT cant pass block

    DL- could use a pat williams type

    LB- Greenway is the only starter under contract

    DB- junk just pure junk + a 34 year old Winfield

    drafting a QB would be dumb

  63. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldnt say theyre

  64. By Viking-ology on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I was waiting for the Rosenfels signing. This should make him our #2 QB and open up the door for Webb to be on the field more often in different capacities.

  65. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldnt say the secondary is pure junk. Chris Cook is still on the roster.

  66. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn – Bethel Thompson McLoad is nothing more than a camp arm practice squad guy…. And Spielman’s original plan for Webb was WR. I have heard Frazier say Webb will be a QB…but has Rick went on record as saying Webb will continue as a QB?

  67. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Carl … yea as far as ive read webb will be exclusively at QB

  68. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    That makes the secondary pure junk and 1 pu nk.

  69. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    If Spielman felt good about Webb as a QB, he wouldn’t have drafted Ponder with the #12 pick. And he would open the door for the best QB to go out and when the starting job this year.

  70. By Rocksalt on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Right on Nova….

  71. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    carl i want to see webb at wr to but everything ive read and heard says they want him focused on qb and they even considered just going with just those 2 at qb

    so unless we get a billboard i dont think anyone is listening

  72. By Junk & Punc on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Webb to WR

  73. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    i hope we sign mario williams or curtis lofton or stephen tulloch

  74. By Rocksalt on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the knuckleheads in MN can get the stadium deal done. Who the h3ll cannot support pulltabs or gaming? Can’t have it both ways folks eithner gambling or taxes………time to man up.

  75. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    a couple good tackles are now on the market… Levi Brown and Eric Winston both cut because of heavy contract.

  76. By hognuts on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil. Hands down.

  77. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Levi Brown is terrible. Cardinals fans had nothing positive to say about him.

  78. By Viking-ology on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would stick with Kalil with the 3rd pick. FA a top WR and a good CB.

  79. By Viking-ology on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder would appreciate it.

  80. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Does anybody know about how long the trial will last? Its already been a week.

  81. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll be sorely disappointed if Spielman trades our pick and we miss Kalil. EVERYTHING on the offensive line quite literally starts with the O Line. It is the FOUNDATION upon which every successful offense is built. As was proven the last few years, if you have a subpar O Line, your offense can do nothing but sputter. Your QB gets “David Carr’ed”, your WRs don’t have the time to run deep routes, your RBs have no gaps to run through.

    6 years ago, we had a strong left side, but it has faded since. We don’t have a single O-Lineman that has shown he is worthy of the name at this level. And before you leap to Loadholts defense, please explain to me how the coaches are going to take the cinderblocks off his cleats. He is TOO SLOW. NO COACHING is going to make him fast enough to gaurd the edge. He SU*KS at OT, and will never be dependable there, period. If they move him to OG, maybe he can contribute. Until then, he is just an offensive-holding/sacked QB waiting to happen.

    SO… Kalil or bust.

  82. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Err… I need to freakin proof read. Sentence 2 should read “Everything on offense quite literally starts with the O Line.”

  83. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I love the states that balk at state run gambling, and yet there are indian casino’s at every dent in the road. PEOPLE…. GAMBLE…. you might as well take advantage of this simple fact, legislators.

  84. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    On the subject of Webb to WR….

    What’s easier to acquire, an untried WR that really has no practical experience running routes or catching b@lls in traffic, or a #2 QB that’s worthy of the title? The WR, of course. There is NOTHING pointing towards Webb being a topflight WR… and just maybe the coaching staff have seen him working at WR in practice and have said to themselves, “Um….no.”

    Leave him at QB, and don’t sweat WR this year. Beef up the O-Line, pound AP and Gerhart through the GAPS, and let our young QB feed Harvin and Rudolph (and supporting cast) with quick throws. As I recall, the short, accurate p@ss was what got Ponder on the Vikings radar in the first place. If they want to risk there #2 QB on a few deep routes during the course of the game, go for it. At the very least, let him burn down the sidelines as a3rd or 4th option… you know he’d draw CB/S attention as soon as he took off. :)

  85. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, what Shawn said….

  86. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Nova..

    Call a Tshirt company, you are going to be rich. Imagine a purple wife-beater (dark pun intended) with the pics of our DBs and the slogan “Pure Junk and a Pu nk” on the front.

  87. By Spencer Recants *Day 7 Of Trial* on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Randy Moss is a 49er !!!!!!!!

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8278ddc0/article/niners-sign-moss-in-a-bid-to-land-bigplay-wide-receiver

  88. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Woodboat I agree with you leave Webb at QB. He provides depth at that position. We know that our QBs are going to be Ponder, Webb, and Sage. Fraizer has stated he is going to use Webb as the #2 QB. This means he will have to be ready incase something happens to Ponder. This will reduce his time on the field for wildcat options. They hired Harvin for that role anyway. It’s good to know that the QB position is known now.

  89. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Vincent Jackson is leaning toward the Bucs now. Doesn’t look like we are jumping in to get a chance at him.

  90. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Moss to the Niners makes sense as Niners were the west champs and will probably make it to the playoffs again this coming year. Moss is looking at a chance for a Superbowl ring. The niners is a possibility. Other teams in the west are pretty weak.

  91. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like a good add for San Fran. They did well last year, and now if Moss is serious about turning things around, they just might make it all the way. That should be a fun team to follow this year.

  92. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Woodboat we agree again. I think the entire Vikings Org will take a very big media hit if they don’t get Kalil with that third pick. Everyone knows how poorly our OL played last year. Not to take a player like Kalil shows a weakness in evaluationg talent.

  93. By William Faulkner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Well, Niners will be unstoppable now.

  94. By William Faulkner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe they will add Peyton next

  95. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Loadholt has the favor of the coaching staff and they think he will be a good RT. I think we will know after this year.

  96. By William Faulkner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Loadholt is okay except for his propensity to be penalized.

  97. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Faulkner they are trying to negotiate a contract with Alex Smith and looks like it is a done deal.

  98. By Allan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, Kalil with third pick in first round. A safety or MLB in the second round, wr in third round, cb and OG in free agency

  99. By Spencer Recants *Day 7 Of Trial* on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    That 49er offense is something scary now. Kendell Hunter, Gore, Ted Ginn, Crabtree, V.Davis, and Moss? The only thing that’s holding them back, Alex Smith. I’m still not sold on the guy. But you never know, maybe this is the year where he shows the world that hes elite.

  100. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    well im glad Moss is back in the NFL. I just wish the viking organization knew what talent is.

  101. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think Smith did a good job of making a name for himself last year. His team was second in the NFC right behind the Packers. Now that he has Moss there’s no excuses. He should be able to tear it up this year.

  102. By William Faulkner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Mike– I just read this afternoon the talks with Smith were not a for sure deal, and the Niners were one of the teams interested in Manning. But I did not understand why– Smith seems quite competent and has a lot of years left.

  103. By William Faulkner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, your post–I just wish the viking organization knew what talent is.– made me think. The Vikings know what talent was…

    That is why they experiment so much with old quarterbacks.

  104. By 25yearsaViking on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    If we can get one of these I will be happy. Jackson, Carr, Landry, Garcon, Finnegan. Maybe even McClain. We need a decent run blocker now that Sauce is retired. I am looking forward to picking up anywhere from 5-8 starters through the draft and free agency though. Should be a fresh look. Not worried about wins. Could only get worse by three, and I don’t think it will. OTAs should help. This year will prove what our coaches are about. SKOL Vikings!

  105. By Jaden on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    honestly i dont know how good a offensive lineman is as a rookie in the draft i almost think we should go for a veteran , cause i really think we should draft kalil, but i also really want a WR he could be really good

  106. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    nice line william … i had to take a shot at the vikings im still bitter about the vikings trading moss to the raiders … and dont get me started on his getting cut by chilly

  107. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    The ability to get the ball down the field will help the OL also. We need that blue chip WR to keep defenses honest. They are not going to put so many in the box if you start going deep on them.

  108. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    LOL … I said this first.

    “Ultimately, I think you pay guys at cornerback to run and cover,” a personnel executive for another NFL team said recently. “I don’t think you really pay a corner to play a lot of zone defense.”

    No doubt, the Vikings are thin at cornerback, even if Chris Cook’s felony domestic assault trial resolves in such a way he’s available for the 2012 season. Cedric Griffin was released on Saturday. Antoine Winfield remains solid when healthy but turns 35 in June.

    “Beyond that, they don’t have much,” an AFC personnel director said while looking at the Vikings’ depth chart. “Asher Allen is limited. (Brandon) Burton’s a rookie. Cook can play — he’s got range and all that stuff, but the issues that he’s got right now are bigger than football.”

    The safety situation is even murkier. The Vikings have expressed interest in re-signing Husain Abdullah but are wary of his concussion history and appear poised to let him hit the market. Former second-round draft pick Tyrell Johnson has run out of chances. Jamarca Sanford and Mistral Raymond are just guys.

    “That’s — wow,” the personnel director said. “There’s really nothing there.”

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Payday_in_secondary_would_suggest_Vikings_changing_scheme031212?t=2

  109. By DWang on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    You take Kalil, hands down.

    Do we really want Charlie Johnson protecting Ponder again? I’m still not sure why we made a back-up guard the colts cut our starting LT in the first place.

    I’d take Blackmon over Claiborne if it were between those two, too many good CB’s in this draft, I’d be happy getting a CB with the second round pick, but either over Kalil is just stupid

    Depending how the draft unfolds, a CB with second round pick as long as we’re not reaching for him (unless here’s a can’t-miss guy falling in our laps, kind of like Kyle Rudolph but a bit better)

    Then have to get some WR help in free agency, though they probably can’t afford much since they also have to sign some more OG’s.

  110. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    This Secondary Blows!! Honestly, I think we should bring Ced Griffin back. Give him 3 preseason games to see if he has any talent left.

  111. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Wow Spence…that was some 180 you just pulled there. I don’t think anyone in this blog has been more against Griffin than you, and now you want him back?

  112. By Lance on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Just saying real quick before everyone jumps down my throat but why does everyone want to sign an over priced WR? We have a capable Manny Arceneaux on Practice Squad he kinda got shafted by signing jenkins and having no time in the off season last year to learn the NFL from CFL. We signed him to 3 years and is young and has a LOT of talent. Don’t beleive me just youtube him in playing for BC Lions. Also we could always draft another wr in 2nd round? Put our money into a good CB like Finnigan. Draft Kalil at 3 and we can fill the smaller holes by shifting players like griffen to LB and so on. If worst comes to worst we have Webb to try at WR at least he would have a shot to play and have a chance. That’s just my opinion.

  113. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Lance – We want a proven WR. All too often, you can’t tell at all whether a WR from the draft will work out. After QBs, I’d say WRs are the biggest gamble in the draft.

  114. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply
    84 Life..BBM. Shawn- what does that mean? You use to post that.
    ________________________________________________________________

    Randy Moss wore #84. So I tried to double use the 4. 84=Randy Moss+4(for) +Life

    84 Life = Randy Moss for Life

    BBM = Bring Back Moss

  115. By Metalholic on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Draft 2 O-linemen Kalil and another somewhere else in the draft. But we need to draft 2 Cbs and 2 Safetys. We don’t know if Cook is coming back we just got rid of Griffin and Winfield is gettin up their. Or we could draft 1 cb and go get Trufant in FA. Either way our secondary sucks right now!

  116. By Metalholic on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Spencer sorry buddy he done made the locker room angry at him and hes gone to the niners

  117. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Metaholic – The coach got mad at Moss. The locker room liked him. Especially Percy. But big bad Chilly couldn’t handle a player who had a mind of his own. That’s why we lost the championship in ’09, and why we went belly-up in ’10.

  118. By Lance on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody I personally feel we already have a few prooven WR already is all. I can agree with you perhaps it’s a gamble but if we draft Kalil at 3 he is pretty surething. A team needs to gamble a little in the draft. Number 2 over all is not a bad spot to gamble at. I just think we have a bit of talent in those positions now. Jenkins wasn’t bad least he can can catch unlike BB. Manny can stretch the field really well and proven to make big plays in the CFL. Yeah, I know the CFL is a lot different then the NFL but it’s more proven then just coming out of college. To me he has a higher step up he prooved himself in a professional team. Many teams wanted to sign the guy we got him for 3 years. There must be something there? Plus, we have rudolph, Harvin and Jenkins. Jenkins will do much better if we had a guy like manny to opposite side of jenkins. Takes a little pressure off. I just want our team to focus on the larger Holes. There are prooven GOOD cb’s in the FA. We have 23 mill in Cap space we can get a good CB and that will help this team much more then a WR in my opinion. Cook is ok but really? was he great? worth the trouble? He hasnt prooved either that he can handle all this trouble on the side and still play this game.

  119. By Lance on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    number 2 over all I meant 2nd round Pick*

  120. By The Man on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings will be stupid idiots if they do not select Kalil.

  121. By Parody on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-11092962

    Onatalu didn’t receive an RFA tender. That’s kind of surprising. I thought he would have been worth the 3rd-round tender. We are weak at LB, and Onatalu isn’t a good choice as a starter, but he has been a solid backup.

  122. By 61Vikings on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikes could easily trade the 3rd pick to the Rams so they get there guy in Blackmon, that would be as far as I would go back in the draft!! I don’t think the Browns or the Bucs would take Kalil, so that would still leave us with Kalil at the 6th pick and we would receive one of the Rams 2nd round picks!! The only problem there would be if another team tries to trade up with the Browns or Bucs to get Kalil!! I think to play it safe, you have to take Kalil at the 3rd pick!!!!

  123. By DM Shryer on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Kaill seems the natural choice, with a lot of hype. How much to believe is the problem. I do remember when everyone was infatuated with Bryant McKinnie, with claims that he hadn’t given up a sack since junior year in high school. He never was worth the level he was picked at (7th pick 1st round?). That said, I do think left tackle is the most critical need. As for CB, if Chris Cook returns, let’s hope he continues to develop – he was starting to play pretty well when he was arrested.

  124. By Vikes Fan in TN on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil at #3

    FA Ben Grubbs at OG
    FA NT out of Miami to replace what we had in Pat Williams
    FA Brandon Carr

    Trade up (if necessary) for WR Stephen Hill out of Georgia Tech

    Those five players would drastically improve the team and be affordable long term players at their positions.

  125. By Vikes Fan in TN on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, by the way, look for Brandon Fusco to start at RG this year and Charlie Johnson to be the utility OL, along with Joe Berger.

  126. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    I haven’t watched any CFL games, but just how is football different from football? You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you run the ball.

  127. By Parody on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    DM – McKinnie was worth the pick, initially. He was an immediate starter and did well enough to be a solid starter for years and get himself voted to the Pro Bowl. His problems were his personality. He had plenty of natural talent, but in his last few years with the team, didn’t put in the effort to hone his skills on top of his natural talent, and his production suffered because of it.

    Regardless, Kalil is a safer prospect than McKinnie ever was.

  128. By VikeFan on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Im torn, I feel the team could give up #3 spot for a Riley Rieff spot in trade. (it would definately have to mean alot more draft picks)

    Otherwise:
    1) Matt Kalil in the first round 3 pick
    2) Alot of talk wants CB’s in the second round. I think there is ALOT of depth in CB’s. Personally, I would prefer a Safety with the 3 pick of the second round. Mark Barron or Harrison Smith
    3)The team NEEDs a big target with great hands and speed. I feel the Viking recievers we have waiting are third round picks. So drafting one later makes no sense. Vikings need to pick a 3 round reciever. Hopefully, Brian Quick or a Nick Toon.
    4) The forth round is gonna be a make or break round. I feel the team will get 3 picks this round. Here the team can get into the needed CB’s. Dequan Menzie and/or Jamell Fleming.
    5) The remainder of the Picks would be Best Player Available to remaining Needed positions.

  129. By Parody on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Northwoods – In that case, you might as well ask how is Ping Pong different from Tennis? You serve the ball, you hit the ball and you return the ball.

    I realize that this example is a bit extreme, but I’m sure you can see the similarities to your argument. The CFL has different rules. One is that offensive playmakers (anyone who’s not a lineman) can all be in motion before the snap. Some larger differences include that they play 3-down football, 12-men on both sides of the ball, and the field size and position of goal posts is very different.

    Furthermore, due to its lower popularity, the CFL pays its players considerably less, so they consist of athletes who generally failed to impress enough to get onto an NFL team’s 53-man roster. This means that they have considerably weaker teams. It would be like comparing the players of the U of M’s football team to SCSU’s. The U of M is obviously going to obliterate them because everyone would play for the U if given the choice, so they have the pick of the crop.

  130. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the explanation Parody. I guess what I’m thinking is the differences pretty much end when the ball is snapped. The receiver has a route to run, and has to catch the ball when thrown his way.

    Size of the field? That’s just geography. Don’t you remember playground football during recess? Endzone runs from the swings to the first car in the parking lot? Remember how easy it was to adapt? 5 players per side or 15 depending on who remembered their winter jacket and boots. We were just kids. This is a professional player.

    If he caught the eye of our talent scouts, it would appear to me that he just needs time to learn our playbook. Hopefully we see him in action this year.

  131. By Parody on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Northwoods – The size of the field makes a big difference. They have ten extra yards in the back of each endzone, making the endzones that much harder to protect for a defense and thus making redzone attempts that much more likely to score. It’s just a part of what makes the games different, and when you’re playing against professionals, making adjustments like that is not nearly as easy as making an adjustment in how you play a meaningless backyard game against your classmates. Everything has to be perfect.

  132. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    But how does that apply to Arceneau?

  133. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    10 extra yards in the endzone. That can’t be the reason Manny didn’t see any playing time.

  134. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    ” We have a capable Manny Arceneaux on Practice Squad he kinda got shafted by signing jenkins and having no time in the off season last year to learn the NFL from CFL.”

    This is the statement that has prompted my comments, BTW.

  135. By VikingFan95 on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

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  136. By Anthony on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Once Every Ten Years a good LT Comes along really you must not watch football 4 Years Ago Joe Thomas Was Drafted and next jake long was taken how dumb are you really!!

  137. By Eli on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Randle in the second… big guy with great hands who can get the YAC or stretch the field on the deep ball. Best hands in the draft.

    Casey Hayward in the third. I don’t see how this guy’s not a first rounder, but I’ve seen him graded 3-4 everywhere. Played in the SEC, where he routinely shut down top WRs and grabbed 15 picks in 4 years. Plus he’s a zone corner, which is exactly what we need.

    If Randle’s not there, then get Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame.

  138. By mtolzmann on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    kalil all the way at #3. then it would be nice to see kendriks or randle.then lets build up our defense and go win some games. how many games did we have the lead in the 4th quarter and then lose. the ravens have proved that you can win with a so-so offense and a great defense. after all, we still have ponder,peterson,harvin,and a decent young t/e. lets go vikings. bring back the glory days

  139. By Ryan H on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings better not waist there 1st pick on an o lineman…we better get top WR or top CB we can get good o line man in later rounds

  140. By TXVIKE62 on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    I think if they can work out an agreement to trade with one of the 4-6 teams and get another 1st, 2nd or 3rd round pick, do it. I would hate to lose Kalil, and depending where you drop to, you may not lose Kalil. Tell Cleveland that St. Louis is lookingto trade ahead of them for Blackmon or Claiborne, whoever they want, and get them to panic. If you happen to go down too far to get two high picks in return and lose Kalil, you can still pick up Blackmon or Claiborne (depending on what you do in free agency) and maybe get Reiff or one of the other top tackles. Depends on who the Browns (who just drafted Joe Thomas) and the Bucs are looking for in the draft.

  141. By markfrom oregon on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Really…Take the best player on the board..do not over think it..we all know as fan’s , that we need that stadium built be for any real stud’s will come up north.I hate to say it …because I love the guy …but maybe it would be best to give AP a chance to win a super bowl with a contender, because we know we are in a full rebuilding mode ..is it fare to him…get’s some pick’s and be ready when the new stadium opens …it really suck’s to say that about AP..BUT IT’S NOT FARE TO HIM…I live in Oregon guy’ & gal’s …keep pushing that stadium hard..GO VIKING’S

  142. By john on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s see what we do in free agency first before we decide on a draft pick.

  143. By bgossi on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    zack brown in the second round

  144. By vincent on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    There is no way i’m taking an offensive lineman in a pass happy league. You don’t need first rounders on your offensive line these days, but you better have some top notch skilled players. Our defense is horrible, AP is hurt, we have a young QB. We are one player away from having the big three and that player is the wide reciever from Oklahoma State. Get the big three then build your franchise, just the way the Cowboys did in the early 90’s. They didn’t draft offensive limeman first, they got Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith then Michael Irvin….How many suoer bowls did they win. The steelers from the 70’s, Bradshaw first, Franco Harris second, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth next.

    An offensive lineman drafted that high is a wasted pick, no offensive lineman from the cowboys is in the hall of fame from that team and only one steeler lineman is in the hall of fame (mike webster). History always repeats itself,

    How many offensive lineman from the greatest show on turf are in the hall of fame from the 99′ rams, well Kurt warner is going, Marshall Faulk is in and sure to follow is WR, Bruce and Holt.

    The 49ers, Montana, Rice and Roger Craig, none of the offensive lineman were hall of famers. Get skilled players first, then the offensive lineman. Rounds 2-7 you can make a living getting value offensive lineman that can find it’s way to become effective to win championships…

    98′ Vikings, Cunningham at QB, Robert Smith, Randy Moss, Chris Carter, Jake Reed, the highest scoring team in NFL history at that time, the kicker misses the kick or they win. The offensive line was good, but the skilled players were great……….

    Vince

  145. By shannon on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    i think they should get the cb defense is what wins championships

  146. By T.Harris on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    JUSTIN BLACKMON IS THE WAY TO GO PLAYMAKER,PLAYMAKER,PLAYMAKER JUST PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN AND MAKE SOME BODY BLOCK PLAYMAKERS ARE HARD TO COME BY.KALIL IS ALRIGHT BUT HE DOESN’T SCORE TOUCH DOWNS.

  147. By tom on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    blackmon blackmon blackmon pleeeeease. ponder will never get better if he doesn’t have playmakers around him (especially since we don’t know how effective ap will be this year with his injury from last season). kalil would not be a bad pick and would help protect ponder, but blackmon would make our offensive a lot more explosive and would open up a lot more for percy, rudolph, and whoever else we have on the field at receiver.

  148. By Johnny on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    I think the Vikings have way too many holes that need filling and it isn’t going to be a one year turn around. Whoever they pick in the draft and get through free agency will not bring this team back into the playoffs this season. The rebuilding process will likely take 3 seasons before Minnestota fans see their team back in the hunt of things.

    That being said I think the vikings should try to trade away the number 3 spot to pick up extra draft picks in this and next years draft. They should be able to find someone willing to swap number one’s and toss them a number one next year and an extra number two this year.

    If Minnesota trades down there is a lot of good quality O linemen in this years draft so they could probably pick up as many as 3 good quality players and still also fill some skill posistions like DB and WR.

    The biggest needs on this team is depth. There are far two many holes too fill so any draft picks and free agency pick ups will help but this team has glaring holes at CB, S, OL, and WR,

    If the Vikings don’t trade the #3 pick look for them to take Blackmon with the first, the second round look for O linemen, 3 round look for another O lineman or a CB. I don’t think the Vikings will take Kalil with the 3rd pick because the phiolsophy is they can get it done with a solid left tackle not neccasarily a future all pro. After the 3rd round look for them to fill depth slots and take some chances on players teams have passed on.

    Whatever happens don’t start thinking playoffs for another two seasons as this team is in major flux and playing in what may be the toughest division and having one of the toughest schedules of the upcoming year.

  149. By spencer v on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    Blackman is looking like a total bust. I don’t know why he would be ranked top 5 when his talent and upside is nowhere near that of aj.green or even Julio Jones. We need too draft Khalil to protect ponder and grab a valuable wideoit in the free agency like manningham or Lloyd. Now for Cb we have to use most of the cap space we have left and grab Aaron Ross.

  150. By doug1080 on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    I am so tired of the DB’s getting chewed up every game it’s been this way for year’s just once I would like the vikings to draft a shutdown corner TIME TO DEFEND THE PASS

  151. By big teas on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    i set and read all this bull about drafting an left tackle. that would be nice , but i think we have an very nice lf tackle .one that be to two superbowls. so he knows what it take to getb there.many people are quick to say bad things when things dont work out.me i see lot’s of want to be’s.i set and watch looking and the viking’s need. first we need rec.without that we have no threat. percy the only one we have.also we need def.and team score 20 plus points in a ballgame wheathern in 1st hafh should win. but still we need to stay to be soild as a team and also coaching staff..no one is one .but one is all. go skol.

  152. By aaron l on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I say trade back with the 3rd pick to pick in the mid teens and take dre kirkpatrick cb/ala then trade up from the 35 to about pick 20 or so and grab m barron ss/ala basically giving us two safetys in the first round and start taking care of that horrible pass d alot of decent OTs where cut this year and even if we wait one would most likely fall to us cheaply

  153. By alan moriarity on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    justin blackmon

  154. By jim on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    if anyone see s what i do the team needs a deep threat and has not had one for some time so i suggest all viking fans think BLACKMON we lacked severely in that spot and the your first priority so get it done

  155. By robert j jondal on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil too good to pass up; Im eager for Rd.2, as majority of mock drafts Ive seen show steven Hill wr Ga. still being available at pick 35….. I believe he d best fill the #1 rec. spot, another critical position in need of attn…DB,OG,LB…lots of holes to fill; but those two would give us great start to any draft

  156. By Nikki on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    BLACKMON

  157. By pete on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    trade the bengals for both first rounders and a second next year. then take 2 best guards left and get a tackle and center later. build oline first and right

  158. By T. HARRIS on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    BLACKMON

  159. By Viking King on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Am I the only person who thinks they should pick Claiborne. You can get decent OL help in the 2nd round or thru free agency. We need a cover corner and if Chris Cook comes back that would be some 1-2 tandem

  160. By Matt on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    The vikings should pick up the best corner in the draft. The nfc north has too many good recievers like megatron, greg jennings,and now brandon marshall we need a cover corner. Matt kalil is a great athlete but thats another story. Justin blackmon is great but that reciever is meant for the rams plus there is other atletic recievers.

  161. By Troy on Mar 17, 2012 | Reply

    Draft Kalil and your solid at a critical position for the next 10 + years.

  162. By Troy on Mar 17, 2012 | Reply

    A reciever should rarely if ever be drafted in the top 10 of first round.

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