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Compensatory Selections Give Vikings 6 Picks In First 4 Rounds And 10 Overall

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 27, 2012 – 6:46 am

The NFL handed out compensatory draft picks on Monday at the annual Spring Owners’ Meetings, and the Vikings came away with a pair of 4th-round picks to add to their arsenal of selections in next month’s draft. The Vikings were awarded the 33rd and 39th picks in the 4th round, giving them 6 picks in the first 4 rounds and 10 selections overall.

The Vikings had 10 selections in last year’s draft as well, and 9 of those 10 picks remain on the roster. A similar effort in this year’s draft will go a long way toward Rick Spielman and Co.’s effort of rebuilding the roster.

Here’s a rundown of the Vikings 10 selections in this year’s draft…

1st round – 3rd pick – 3rd overall
2nd round – 3rd pick – 35th overall
3rd round – 3rd pick – 66th overall
4th round – 3rd pick – 98th overall
4th round – 33rd pick – 128th overall (compensatory)
4th round – 39th pick – 134th overall (compensatory)
5th round – 3rd pick – 138th overall
6th round – 5th pick – 175th overall (from Cleveland for Jayme Mitchell trade)
7th round – 3rd pick – 210th overall
7th round – 16th pick – 223rd overall (from Philadelphia through New England)


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128 Responses to “Compensatory Selections Give Vikings 6 Picks In First 4 Rounds And 10 Overall”

  1. By SAN JO VIKE! on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #3rd JUSTIN BLACKMON #1

  2. By The Real Spencer Not the Troll Spencer on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #3rd Matt Khalil
    #35th Brian Quick

  3. By Mike on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Making a roster and contributing are two different things. We won’t be able to adequately grade last year’s draft for another couple of years. How many of those nine picks from last year will have an impact? That’s the question.

  4. By Anthony on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #3rd Matt Khalil
    #35th Brian Quick

  5. By sandiamond on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    What is the big deal with Quick? Don’t see any competition level . He’s in the same league with Josh Norman. They might play clemson or virginia tech one time a year and that’s about it….

  6. By vikingsmatt on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I say trade up from 2nd round to get good wr, like Floyd or geargia tech guy!!

  7. By Chance on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Dale Moss

  8. By Favre4ever on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    No need to reach in the 2nd for Quick…He will be there in the 3rd or 4th

  9. By charliewest40 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #3rd – Kalil
    #35th- Harrison Smith
    3rd RD- Brian Quick

  10. By mgr4fun on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Rnd 1 3rd Overall Pick … OT Matt Kalil – USC 6’7” 295#
    Rnd 2 35th Overall Pick – S Harrison Smith ND 6’2” 213#
    Rnd 3 67th Overall Pick – CB Trumaine Johnson M 6’2” 204#
    Rnd 4 98th Overall Pick – WR Nick Toon Wisconsin 6’3” 217#

    the #1 OT on the board … the #2 Safety on the board … a long strong fast CB that is a solid tackler … a big strong fast WR that can take the top off of any defense Toon will be the next generations Lee Evans

  11. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #3 ~ LT Kalil
    #35 ~ WR Rueben Randle
    #66 ~ OLB/MLB Shea McClellin
    #98 ~ WR Brian Quick or WR Nick Toon
    #128 ~ CB…Josh Norman or Coryell Judie
    #134 ~ DT Derek Wolfe
    #175 ~ S Brandon Taylor
    #210 ~ WR B J Cunningham
    #223 ~ Vontaze Bur

  12. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #223 ~ ILB Vantaze Burfict…If gone undrafted until them…

  13. By snafu on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    DO YOUR HOME WORK AN THIS CAN BE A GOOD DRAFT FOR US. GOOD START FOR A YOUNG TEAM. GO HEAVY ON THE D. LET’S SHUT SOME TEAMS DOWN.

  14. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Forgot pick… # 138 ~ How about a local boy from Rosemount Mn..

    #138 ~ O-Lineman Tom Compton

  15. By iaVIKE on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    What are we gunna do with Everson Griffen? I know he’s rough around the edges, but seems to be too much talent for just special teams

  16. By TITUS on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, we will have an awesome team for years to come. Finally.

  17. By Troutdaddy on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Once we take Kahlil, then we ned to address the CB or WR positions. I would go CB first and then find the WR. @DRS…. Big stadium news. It is going to the legislature now. I know there has been a lot of debate and people ragging on the type of dome (Retractable roof etc..) but either way I see this as a positive step to keeping the Vikes where they belong. The fact remains that this is a good spot for them and despite a few disagreements in the type of dome we get do not matter. It is going to be cool either way. Now let’s just hope the legislature doesn’t muck this up…. Bring on the draft already!!!

  18. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings have luxury and time to develop players like E Griffen, CBallard and the likes of A Reed…Like they did with Robison…Because they have very good depth on the defensive line…

    Look for a solid rotation with play along the D-line this season…Fresh legs on defense will be a strong point of the Vikings D this season….

    Its the secondary that is a HUGE question mark going into the season ??

    Hope the Vikings find some solid answers for that in this springs draft…

  19. By charliewest40 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/3/27/2905202/vikings-draft-results-from-the-mocking-the-draft-live-draft-march-23

    The above mock draft shows Brandin Hardin CB/safety 6’3″ 216 Oregon probably going before the 7th round ! He’s 4.3 fast too !!!!

    We need to keep this guy on our radar if we dont go Harrison smith in #2

  20. By sandiamond on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Holy Cow #6 does it all!! catch,block,run and throw

  21. By sandiamond on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

  22. By charliewest40 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve heard alot of good things about Sanu. Some have him climbing into the 1st round.

  23. By Gary on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Check the times in the 40, Quick isn’t “Quick”. The Burners are: Hill, Marvin Jones, Greg Childs, and Tommy Streeter.

  24. By iaVIKE on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    We already have the speed with Percy and Aromashodoodoo. We need that big body to go up and rip the ball outta the air to complement that speed—–Dale Moss?

  25. By sandiamond on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder to Sanu! future of the vikings? what a playmaker

  26. By PAVike on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder to Alshon Jefferey.

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder to Rueben Randle.

  28. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder to Givens.

  29. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder to Quick…

    All these guys have great hands…Could care less if they run a 4.3..4.4…or 4.5..

    If Ponder has time to throw the ball and the receivers are physical and have height along with good hands…Any of those kind of WR’s can make awesome players…They don’t have to be burners that can’t catch the ball…Like Tommy Streeter…

  30. By Rudso on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know about Sanu. I don’t see him going in the 1st round with running a 4.65 for his 40. Not exactly the deep threat we need. 2nd round I would still not get Sanu. Now maybe in the 3rd round he would be good value but I’m worried about his speed.

  31. By iaVIKE on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder to Clay Matthews crotch

  32. By RichardA1 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikes are’nt exactly letting us know what they are thinking, not exciting either this off season. I will say, bring back the 30ft statue of Odin the Viking war God they used to have in the end zone in the late 60’s. We spent the last 10 years picking a spot for the new Vikes stadium, with the retractable roof everybody wants, that place is Arden Hills, its the stadium the TEAM wants. The dome2, that could be built where the old dome is is a stadium they came up with under panic situations, this is a quick fix, a band aid to what we really want and need. Don’t let them get away with this, vote no!

  33. By Saddy on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #3 ~ LT Kalil
    #35 ~ S Harrison Smith or WR Sanu
    #66 ~ CB Trumaine Johnson
    #98 ~ WR Nick Toon
    #128 ~ CB Coryell Judie
    #134 ~ OT Tom Compton
    #175 ~ S Brandon Taylor
    #210 ~ WR Dale Moss
    #223 ~ Vontaze Burfict

  34. By Mike B. on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    @RichardA1 Can’t have Champiagne on a Beer budget. Just be happy that the Vikings will be staying in MN and that the State maybe willing to provide the requirements the NFL/Wilf want for the Stadium. The rest would be frosting on the cake. The retractable roof was tabled over a year ago as costing too much. The new dome will be at or near the MOA site and will be a solid dome stadium. I am thinking simular to the colts or lions. Like the stones said can’t get everything you want, but sometimes you get what you need.

  35. By Mike B. on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil first then the best WR availible at #35.

  36. By sandiamond on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    mocks looking good! especially if we could get S Taylor and ILB Burfict in those late rounds

  37. By Vikes4Eva on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Thing about a guy like Quick is he played in Boone, NC which means how fast he looks or good in the 4th quarter means he’ll be that much better on a lot of other teams or translate well in Denver. Reason being Boone, NC is in the mountains at a higher elevation level meaning he won’t get tired as quick at stadiums in lower altitudes like MN or St Louis and thus could wear down DBs to where he’ll break out in the 4th qtr.

  38. By Conjon on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #3 ~ LT Kalil
    #35 ~ S Harrison Smith or Jenkins or Gilmore
    #66 ~ CB Trumaine Johnson
    #98 ~ WR Nick Toon
    #128 ~ CB Brandon Boykin
    #134 ~ LB Vontaze Bufict
    #175 ~ S Brandon Taylor
    #210 ~ WR Dale Moss
    #223 ~ Best Kicker Possible

    If we start of the season with these new additions it will be not that bad.

  39. By Mike B. on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am excited we are getting 5 picks in the first 4 rounds. This has got to help improve the team. I wouldn’t spend so much time with WRs though as we have some good #2s and #3s on the team already. I would focus on the one top guy at that second pick.

    1 Kalil
    2 WR
    3 CB
    4 OG
    4 S
    4 CB
    5 LB
    6 DT
    7OT
    7Kicker

  40. By TITUS on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Richard, you are so right. There is no shortage of funds, just the politics of allocation.

  41. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    R1 LT Kalil, R2 S Harrison Smith, R3 CB Josh Norman, R4 WR A.J. Jenkins, CR4 LB Nigel Bradham, CR4 OT/G Andrew Datko, R5 DT Akiem Hicks, R6 CB Cliff Harris, R7 WR Dale Moss, R7 BPA.

  42. By Derrick.G on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    We’ve not been active enough in FA to support that were drafting a corner, we just got that guy from the bears, who had a solid 09 season. The Vikings have taken care of one side of their line, not the other will come in the draft. Kalil!

  43. By TITUS on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    You have a stadium for the next 30 years and the cost of a retractable roof is negligible when factored over that time period. Plus, it makes the stadium much more attractive. Who knows, maybe one day we could get an Olympics. But whoa is me, Minnesotans like their mediocrity. Think small.

  44. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Datko over Compton because Ponder would put in a good word for his buddy. Plus before his injury Datko was a 1st round LT prospect.

  45. By Lance on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    For everyone who is lookign to get a WR in the first two rounds can DREAM ON! Just saying, our team isn’t going to waste such a critical pick at position we don’t need to address.

    Holes on our team that need to be addressed are OL, and secondary, and by secondary I mean CB and Saftey. With the signing bowman and cook coming back makes it a little better but we still need to draft a cb somewhere in the first 4 rounds.

    I would also suggest even a DT before a WR. We need someone to step up and be our Pat Williams. You not going to find that in the later rounds. Sorry but we wont. We seem to have an abundance of TE’s so to me we will be seeing more double TE sets. We still have Harvin, Jenkind, Aroma, and Arceneaux who is a bit untested still but has potentional. Peterson will get a lot of carriers as well since we do run first. Gerhart is still option in the pass game as well. Finally we also have Webb. Many will argue he should be a QB but he is just as talented as a WR in my opinion good hands and is fast and loads of agility. Not to mention big in size.

    Besides before everyone jumps down my throat remember this. We can look at all the fast WR’s in this draft and have a troy all over again. Ponder is a decent QB ill give him that. His arm strength is still an issue. We all knew that before w drafted him. We not going to need a blackmon on this team right now. It just be a waste!. Plus, if don’t address our OL it wont matter who we have out there to catch the ball. Ponder wont have enough time to throw anyways and he will scramble to get yards like we seen last year.

    If we can give ponder more time to throw, by getting a good line infront of him. We will be able to finally see which WR’s on our team should stay. It was pretty unfair last season. Wasn’t their fault we didnt give them time to get open anyways. Also, lastly we can still manage to FA a WR if it comes to it.

  46. By Northern Norseman on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I honestly believe that CB Morris Claiborn is a smoke screen. He wouldn’t be a bad pickup but the amount of not just years but quality years one can get from Kalil is too high. Spielman continues to say that its a very very deep CB and WR class. So why use a pick on one of them with the first pick.

    #1 – OT Matt Kalil

    After that an amazing WR will be there in the second round. Only way I don’t see them going WR in the 2nd is because someone highly rated may have slipped by the 1st and into the Vikings lap.

    #2- Best WR/DB/Highly Rated Player that naturally slipped into the 2nd

    At this point it all comes down to what the 2nd round selection is but regardless I believe one still has to attack the quality WR/CB for another couple rounds.

    #3- WR/DB
    #4- WR/DB
    #4- WR/DB/LB/OG
    #4,#5,#6 – Best Player Available
    #7 – Kicker
    #7 – Best Player Available

    Bottom line I really think the Vikings will impress with this draft class since all of our glaring needs match up very well with the strengths of this years draft

  47. By PAVike on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook, over/under 4ints?

  48. By TITUS on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook will have a breakout year.

  49. By Northern Norseman on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Regardless of what we think should happen is almost moot because Spielman usually takes the BPA. Nearly every single round thats what he will do which I am a big fan of so I strongly believe that whatever 2nd round will be is a highly rated player that naturally slipped in the 2nd because of teams either reaching on players or filling their roster with other positions.

    Ex. TE Kyle Rudolph

  50. By TITUS on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    PAVike never gave up hope…

  51. By Lance on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    The best player available approach went out the window when they announced we were in rebuilding mode. BPA approach worked for us I agree when we had a good team to build on. Now we are looking to fill certian holes. Rebuild the team young. Hense why we cut some older players. Rick will enventually go to that approach but he wont do it in the first 3 rds.

  52. By Northern Norseman on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t be surprised either if the Vikings trade up into the 1st round. The past 3 yrs they have made some sort of attempt to move up. In some cases they have but not in or into the 1st round.

    So keep a very close eye on some top rated players that slip a little bit naturally towards the end of the 1st and we could see the Vikings pounce all over them.

  53. By TITUS on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman is a drafting genius.

  54. By PAVike on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, do you truly believe half the things you say?

  55. By VikesFanSinceFifties on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with kalil with our #1 pick. Vikes have enough holes on both sides of the ball and rather than try to force a questionable pickpick for a specific need
    go with Best Player Available which Spielman seems to do anyway. However,
    I would concentrate on D when at all possible. We have Areceneaux as a WR that could be a big surprise if given a shot. A CFL all-star with good hands and speed, never got a real shot last year. Since this is the year to get a good look at Ponder, why not make Rosenfels the official #2 and give Joe Web a
    real shot at WR. Should Ponder go down, Web can always go back to QB
    as the #3 until he’s ready to start. Otherwise, he’ll probably spend the year on the bench going in for 2 or 3 plays a game. Too much talent for that and he just might be the answer at wideout.

  56. By SucksToSuck on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    For those of you who havnt heard of Dale Moss, WR at South Dakota State, check out his combine results. He played basketball for SDSU for 4 years and only played football for one, but is an ATHLETE. He is 6’4, can run and jump. Check him out. Definitely would be worthy of a mid to late round pick just on talent alone in my opinion.

  57. By Northern Norseman on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    People need to realize how Spielman uses BPA.

    I have listen/read to as much of his draft talk as possible.

    They have tons and tons of numbers and grades they attach to every player in this draft.

    Players grades will come out something like this:
    (Random WR) Grade – 6.055
    (Random CB) Grade – 5.275
    (Random C) Grade – 6.065
    (Random RB) Grade – 6.055
    (Random OT) Grade – 5.895

    There are 3 players that have the highest grades at this (random) point in the draft. The WR, C, RB are all very near one another.

    Just because the C is the highest graded player (BPA) does mean they will draft him because we don’t desperately need a C right now. Since they have 3 positions so close in grade they now have the luxury to pick between the 3 that will best help a position of need.

    In this particular case the Vikings would take the WR.

    This is EXACTLY what Ive heard Spielman say before.

    So just because he uses the BPA term… it only means that they will take ‘ONE OF THE’ highly graded players they have and try to also fill an area of needs.

    Remember this so I do not have to bring it up again. Spielman will use the BPA approach but it’s not quite as literal as some of you think it is.

  58. By Dave on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    My suggestion would be to stay at 3 and pick Blackmon, then trade up later in round 1 to get the tackle from Ohio St…Allen. That way you have a great receiver and ok Tackle to biuld from. Then in early in the second take a corner or saftey. With the rest of the picks fill for need at linebacker, another WR, CB, and with defensive & offensive line help.

  59. By Carl K on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Northern Norseman – How quickly you forget. Ponder was NOT best player available with pick 12 last year.

    T-Jack, Ryan Cook, Gerhart, Asher Allen, Chris Cook… more examples of the Vikings NOT drafting best player available.

    You can not predict what the Vikings will do on draft day.

  60. By Eric on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    #3 Matt Kalil

  61. By VikesFanSinceFifties on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    What makes Blackmon a great receiver in the NFL.? An OT like Kalil is more likely to start this year than a WR. How many WR first round picks have been successful without a proven QB and OL?

  62. By iaVIKE on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    SinceFifties- Exactly. Get Kalil and not worry about the O line for a long time. Then focus on the very deep class of DB’s and WR’s

  63. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    @PAVike Chris Cook will have 6 INT with 3 bieng Pick 6s.

  64. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Safety is a bigger need than WR or CB. Draft S Harrison Smith in the 2nd followed by CB Josh Norman in the 3rd and the secondary will be solid.

  65. By VikesFanSinceFifties on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    To Carl K…..Ponder was the best QB available at #12.
    QB was by far the Vikes most pressing need. Northern Noreseman is right. Best Player Available is not always simply the best player on the board.

  66. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    The front office seems to have taken a likeing to Notre Dame players increasing the chances of drafting S Harrison Smith.

  67. By Northern Norseman on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Carl K

    No you’re right. I apologize if I made it sound like he uses it 100% of the time but it’s pretty close.

    Besides us FANS don’t have a clue what grades the Vikings and other teams had on Ponder.

    Ya ya ya sources, fan mock drafts, ‘draft annalists’, all had their opinion on where players SHOULD have landed or SHOULD go or a grade a player SHOULD have…… should should could would could should would….

    Teams will never ever reveal what they put on players in terms of grades….. ever.

    So for any of us to say that Ponder ‘was’ or ‘wasn’t’ a reach are fooling ourselves.

    Sure I believe that Ponder was a bit of a reach but other teams behind the Vikings were ready to also pull the trigger for Ponder.

    I can almost guarantee that Ponder wasn’t highest graded on their big board but who knows…. he could have been at least close enough in grade with the BPA for the Vikings to justify taking him because of their glaring need. If he was sooo very far away than I’m sure they wouldn’t have pulled the trigger.

    There is so much that goes in to the draft to just simply say “What about Ponder?” I certainly get what your saying for sure and in some sense agree but like i also said we might not be saying the same things if our heads were within the secret walls of the team rooms during the draft.

  68. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings needs in order of importants LT, S, CB, WR, LB, and DT. Another Wr is needed but later on along with some secondary compettion.

  69. By sandiamond on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    No Garcon… so Vikings move to contingency plan at WR / A, B or C ?

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/03/27/no-garcon-so-vikings-move-to-contingency-plan-at-wr/

  70. By PAVike on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    It was a blessing in disguise that the Redskins sky-rocketed the price for Garcon. While he is a solid WR, I dont think he would have been a perfict fit for our team.

  71. By sandiamond on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    quick, steed,compton, trumaine johnson,asa jackson and others on small school podcast tonight 8 est

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/draftcountdown

  72. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    @NorthernNorsman that is exactly right none of us know the grade they had on Ponder. If you guys don’t remember Rich Eisen said that the Redskins where angry that the Vikings took Ponder. They were high on him but not as high as the Vikings.

  73. By iaVIKE on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I for one am okay with not over paying for Garcon, or any of the FA WR’s that most vikes fans wanted us to get. Spielman is doing the right thing by not throwin a bunch of cash at those guys. We need to go young and cheap. We’ll see who’s better in a couple years Vikes > Bucs, Redskins

  74. By Northern Norseman on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    @sandiamond

    Thanks for the reminder! Ill make sure to check that out.

  75. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    BPA at a position of need is the best way to go if that player fits the teams scheme. Harrison Smith is the 2nd best Safety but he is a better fit for the Vikings cover 2 than Barron.

  76. By charliewest40 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Thats exactly right Roger

  77. By Lance on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder I think was a reach but it just depends on how you view it. Ponder probably wasn’t worth a 12th overall pick! But the reach needed to be made once Gabbert and Newton and Locker we all selected first. Ponder was the best QB available for the vikings to pick left at 12. We had no choice we were set to get ourselves a good young qb to groom. Now some say Dalton did better then Ponder. But our Oline didnt give us anything to let us grade how Ponder will do. So in my opinion it’s still early to say if Ponder was a reach or not. I think with a new Oline in front of him we will be able to see his worth.

  78. By charliewest40 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    If you use the argument that Kalil is the right pick @3 because this is a deep class at WR and Cornerback…..I say I agree …so why not use that very same argument to pick Harrison Smith in 2nd rd . Like OT there is a big dropoff in talent at safety.

    We can still find an outstanding WR in the 3rd

  79. By charliewest40 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah I forgot….The Bleacher Report graded all the vikings units …like Oline,wide recievers, linebackers, etc. Well our safeties got the only failing grade.

    Thats right !!!!!! Our Safeties got an F !!!!

  80. By iaVIKE on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Yah i can’t say i disagree with that grade

  81. By Thordumb on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Instead of a bunch of picks that get cut at the end of preseason, we should be allowed to play 12 on the field versus the SSSSS-Aints on 3rd downs.

    Yeah, we need to draft big guys. 1st, 2nd

  82. By Shawn on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I FUHKING HATE CENSORSHIP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. By Shawn on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K… Im not sure how you can make this claim

    “T-Jack, Ryan Cook, Gerhart, Asher Allen, Chris Cook… more examples of the Vikings NOT drafting best player available.”

    I have watched the draft for the last 20+ years …. I dont remember where all those names were ranked but I do remember Chris Cook was drafted right around where Me’l Ki’per had him … Gerhart was also pretty close to where he was ranked.

    I dont remember Tja’ck or Asher … TJa’ck is not as bad as people think , he’s just not a starter. He is a solid back up QB. the draft is a cra’p shoot so even though a guy is ranked 10th doesnt mean he will end up being the 10th best guy drafted ….

  84. By Shawn on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I would say the “professional” draft guru’s like Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock will be very good predicting the top 25 guys per draft with 1 or 2 misses but beyond the top 25 … it gets a lot less accurate

    QBs are rarely accurately graded.

  85. By Mike B. on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus We should be grateful the State of MN isn’t just building a larger MOA with the tarp on top.

  86. By Mike B. on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    T-Jack was a Chilly pick not sure why we picked him in the 2nd round.

  87. By Mike B. on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    The Browns are visiting Tannehill, but it’s being written that Tannehill shouldn’t be a top 10 pick. This leaves the #3 pick with very little trade value.

  88. By d_ride on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    The Dolphins will reach at #8 and take Tannehill because they are desperate for a QB now. The Browns will probably take Weeden with a later pick. I don’t think there is going to be a market for the vikes to trade the #3 pick. Best they keep it and just take Kalil anyway

  89. By mgr4fun on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Rnd 1 3rd Overall Pick … OT Matt Kalil – USC 6’7” 295# – #1 on board
    Rnd 2 35th Overall Pick – S Harrison Smith ND 6’2” 213# – #2 on board
    Rnd 3 67th Overall Pick – CB Trumaine Johnson M 6’2” 204# – #11
    Rnd 4 98th Overall Pick – WR Nick Toon Wisconsin 6’3” 217# – #12
    Rnd 4B 128th Overall Pick – CB Josh Norman CC 6’0” 197# – #16
    Rnd 4C 134th Overall Pick – WR Tommy Streeter M 6’5” 219# – #21
    Rnd 5 138th Overall Pick – SS Brandon Taylor LSU 5’11” 209# – #4
    Rnd 6 173rd Overall Pick – ILB Chris Galippo USC 6’1” 241# – #8
    Rnd 7 210th Overall Pick – CB/PR Cliff Harris Ore 5’11” 180# – #35
    Rnd 7 222th Overall Pick – K Randy Bullock TA&M 5’9” 212# – #3

    i believe all 10 picks hav a chance to play in purple if only special teams to start … all will push the starters and there is nothing like some good old competition in mankato … kalil and the two safeties (huge) both WR are gonna be very very good

  90. By Carl K on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- We picked cook with the first pick of the second round. Most people had him around 40th best player.

    The Vikings picked Asher in the 3rd round when people had him graded 4th to 5th round.

    Gerhart was up and down on people’s boards. some people liked him (mid second round) others thought he was too slow and thought we was a 3rd round NFL talent.

    Tjack we took in the second round… He was a 4th-5th round on most boards.
    Ryan Cook we took in the second round when he was a late round prospect.

    Ok, Gerhart wasn’t much of a reach. Anyway my point is we have to give Spielman room to target player and go after them…. he has done it in the past!

    Spielman has a draft plan before the draft starts. I am Not a fan of always drafting best player available.

    If you like a player go get him… if a good player falls, get him.
    Agian my point is Spielman usually has a plan.

    Chris Cook was no surprise because he fit a need. Spielman traded back as far as he felt he could to still get him. I am ok with that. Chris Cook had Injury issues and off field baggage at Virgina that pushed him to the second round on many rankings.

  91. By chrisbreezy on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    if vikings draft receiver early,it would be out of stephen hill, rueben randle, and mohamed sanu. and if they draft a receiver late, it would most likely be dale moss.if they draft 2 WR out of those i listed, that could mean worthless signing michael jenkins could lose his job, including some of the unproven WRs. We have holes at OT,WR,DT,OLB,CB,SS,FS. So the first seven picks is essential and picking the best would be required to filling those holes.

  92. By Mike L on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I would go
    1. OT Matt Kalil
    2. CB Josh Robinson
    3. SS Sean Richardson
    4. WR Keshawn Martin
    5. WR Juron Criner
    6.OG Brandon Brooks

  93. By TheWall on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I got a funny feeling the Vikings will trade back with the Dolphins and select Dre Kirkpatrick. Just look at some of Frazier’s interviews he has said he wants Bigger corners and plans on using more Man coverage. He has also stated that good corners are more often found early. Kirkpatrick fills the size at 6’2 and according to draft experts he is one of the best man coverage corners in the draft. I got the same feeling about Ponder and Cook.

  94. By TheWall on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Sanu has the best hands in the draft and he plays faster than his 40 time would suggest. Cris Carter was never the fastest guy but he had some of the best hands the league has ever seen.

  95. By Kenny Z on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    First 3 Rounds:
    Rd 1 – OT Matt Kalil
    Rd 2 – WR Brian Quick/ WR Rueben Randle
    Rd 3 – FS Markelle Martin

  96. By David Bond on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s not jump to conclusions about how lousy Spielman picks during the draft. Remember that other coaches were part of the decision. Give him a chance.

  97. By T.HARRIS on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s try Dale Moss Coach.

  98. By Carl K on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am not saying Spielman picks lousy… I am just being honest that he doesn’t always pick best available all the time. And he doesn’t always look to fill needs either. Spielman will mix it up.

    The Wall- you might be right about a trade. Miami has 2 -3 round picks and I think they will trade a 3rd round pick and a 2nd round pick this year or next year, and that will be all it will take to get Spielman to move back.

  99. By Carl K on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Wall – I am getting the same feeling about Kirkpatrick… the Vikings have him coming in for a visit. The Viking usually don’t play the smoke screen game.
    Before they drafted Toby… every one was talking about 3rd down backs, but the Vikings came out and said they were interested in finding a big back. And they did.

  100. By Woodboat on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    I musta missed something last year. At what point did Jenkins become worthless? I don’t remember him dropping many p@sses… in fact, I remember him making quite a few decent plays. It doesn’t seem to me that he was targeted that many times per game… mostly because Ponder/Webb were running for their lives or looking up at the ceiling and wondering if they were going to start breathing again soon.

    I know you guys want flash, but how about we grab some guys that make flash worth having. A fast guy with hands is useless if the QB doesn’t have time to get him the ball. He’s just as useless if our defense can’t keep ANYBODY out of the end zone.

    O Line and DBs, Rick.

  101. By Jordan on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Brian Quick and Janoris Jenkins, are 2 we should jump on if get the oppurtunity. 2nd and 3rd round.

  102. By sandiamond on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    ProFootballTalk ‏ @ProFootballTalk

    Details: Manny Lawson OLB says he’s returning to the Bengals

    good news as the packers really wanted this guy

  103. By sandiamond on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Pelissero ‏ @TomPelissero

    Details: #Vikings still like Mistral Raymond, think he’s worth developing. Like his length to match up in single-high looks vs tight ends.

  104. By sandiamond on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Pelissero ‏ @TomPelissero

    Details: Frazier said he’s talked with Jasper Brinkley about possibility of starting at MLB. Erin also a candidate apparently. They’ll draft 1-2 LBs.

  105. By sandiamond on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Pelissero ‏ @TomPelissero

    Details: Also doesn’t sound like Charlie Johnson will immediately move to guard. Plan is to create competition at left tackle first. Then could slide inside.

  106. By Troutdaddy on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    I am beginning to see a lot of people finally settle down on who to draft first. This is good. Kahlil looks to be the overall sentiment in the media and on this blog. I also really like how many of you have kept me educated with clips of potential picks. Thank you for keeping me educated. (DRS, Titus, Sandimond, Woodboat and Mike B) You have saved me a lot of time having to go and find this stuff myself. @Shawn as much as I agree with your insights here (because you are spot-on many tmes) You say you hate censorship… I think you forget the fact that this is a public blog that respects and PROMOTES respectful viewpoints for the fans. This isn’t HBO and using explatives (no matter how you spell them to make them work) is not repsectful to people. Though I do like your points of view, I disagree with that one. Sorry, just how I feel- Don’t hate me for it as like I said I really respect your insights on here.

  107. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Trout – Shawn isn’t upset at the fact that he’s not allowed to use foul language – he’s upset because there are words that are automatically censored even when contained within another benign word.

    Is there a list of them provided for us somewhere?

  108. By Kappfan on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    There are several very good tackles in the draft by not taking Kalil you push their draft spot down. You take clairbounre in the first, best available tackle at 2, Best reciever (Quick,Streeter} in the third and trade back into the third round to get Trumaine Johnson or Harrison Smith. You’ve got 2 Secondary help your tackle and your reciever.Your arguement shouldn’t be that Kalil is that much better than the others because he’s not. It’s harder to find a shut down corner than a good tackle, look at the draft.

  109. By Kappfan on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Can you name the last shut down corner the Vikings have had. I’m waiting…. Name the last Left tackle we had for 8 -10 years was he that great, and did we not go to an NFC Championchip(with him)that we would have won if we had held the saints to 24 points.Remember we did score 28 points and were it not for a pick we would have scored 31. Please pick Clairbourne I’m not in puppy love with him it just makes the most freakin sense.

  110. By Gary on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    A shut down corner is only valuable to a team that primarily uses man coverage, not zone. Corners and SS and FS selected S/B experienced in ZONE coverage unless the Vikes plan on transitioning into primarily man coverage. As far as ALL selections are concerned, you can’t teach SPEED.
    In addition to just looking at times in the 40, might not be enough of a deciding factor when weighed against how fast they play.

  111. By Kappfan on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not talking forty times. Leslie Frazier already said they will be playing more man and our problem is we have no one who can play man. We need to mix zone and man to be more effctive. My plan gives us two secondary help in a division with Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matt Stafford. Our line ran all over Detroit without a decent left tackle. Our secondary didn’t stop any body.

  112. By Kappfan on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Michael Lombardi just said on the vikings pick video teams need three starting corners these days. my plan gives us Clairbourne, Chris Cook (6′-2), and Trumaine Johnsonson (6′-2) and oh by the way Antione winfield. Zack Bowmans addition maybe means you take Harrison Smith instead of Trumaine Johnson

  113. By Craig on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    The draft is heavy with O-lineman and WR. After Morris Claiborne, the CB position really drops off into the second round. If your team is in desperate need of a corner, your waisting your pick after the 1st round. There will still be a lot of O-line depth in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I’d grab Claiborne with the #3 pick and be perfectly happy with it. OT is only good for protecting one side of the line. A great corner shuts down the other teams #1 WR and gets INT’s/ Pick 6’s/ and the offense the ball. Plus he can help out in the return game. My opinion….more valuable in a pass happy league.

  114. By iowa viking on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    #1 – LT
    #2 – WR !
    #3 – SS/FS
    #4 – CB
    #4 – LB
    #4 – DT
    #5 – OL
    #6 – WR
    #7 – OL/G
    #7 – KICKER

  115. By Rob Tx Vike on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t wait until the NFL draft, it has me in suspense who the Vikes will pick at #3. And I believe that Rick Spielman will pick Morris Claibourne from LSU. Its a no brainer, Winfield is still in my mind the best tackler in the league but father time is catching up to him. Cook can cover receivers he just needs more experience – he will eventually shine in the nfl. The Vikes are in a division that has Megatron, Jennings, Marshall, Driver its a passing league and they would be foolish to pass up Claibourne. In my mind he is the next Darelle Revis, we need a long term solution at corner. Spielman can get a descent

  116. By Troutdaddy on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    @Northwoods…. I know that DRS is not mad at that point, but as you can see in his posting that he and many others still find ways around all of the little things that the blog weeds out. The fact that there are “Automated rules” setup for this blog to not allow certain words to be used is a good thing- especially when you get people on here that like to use racist slang, religious put downs and other colorful titles that are offensive. Otherwise they would have to pay someone to edit every single blog entry. So- yes, it is a pain, but worth it to allow for a respectful blog. It just makes me and many others here upset when people feel the need to creatively re-spell f-bombs and the like to dirty the waters on here. Does that make sense. My point is simple… Mind your language and keep it clean. You can still kick someones tail and make fun of them in a mean or nice way with the proper language…

  117. By Brad s on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    1Round 3Pick Matt Kalil…Need athletic Left Tackle to protect young quarterback
    2Round 35Pick Mark Barron…He is a ball hawking safety and a hitter
    3Round 66Pick Josh Robinson…He’s a playmaker with speed
    4Round 98Pick Josh Norman… Good cover two cornerback with speed
    4Round 128Pick Juron Criner…Good size and speed, nice red zone receiver
    4Round 134Pick Vontaze Burfict..Could be the big run stopper middle backer
    5Round 138 Pick Tommy Streeter…This guy can get over the top, deep threat
    6Round 175 Pick Tyler Nielson…Outside Linebacker
    7Round 210 Pick Andrew Datka…Right Tackle Develop for future
    7Round 223 Pick Josh Chapman…Defensive tackle future nose tackle

  118. By jswartzbaugh on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    Draft Dale Moss WR from South Dakota, a basketball player turned WR!!!

  119. By deanathome on Mar 30, 2012 | Reply

    ive just got a feeling that since we signed geoff schwartz,who can play left tackle,mr.spielman may have an idea that then we could bypass kalill and draft claiborne.although i like the cb from lsu,,in my opinion it would be a big mistake not to take kalill….lets be sensible mr.spielman and draft matt kalill…

  120. By DeeLawn on Mar 30, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil or trade for rd 1 rd 2 rd 4 picks and take OL in Rd 2 and 4 and take DRE KIRKPATRICK Rd 1
    Harrison Smith
    Nick Toon
    Vontaz Burfict
    Russell Wilson
    Trumaine Johnson
    I DONT CARE WHAT ORDER JUST GET EM!!!!

  121. By pudster on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    I tend to think the reason we blew big leads, is because we couldn’t adequitly defend against the pass. I say pic Claiborn 1st rd.

  122. By pudster on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hill 2nd rd

  123. By pudster on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    top rated safety availible 3rd rd

  124. By pudster on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    build the o-line with all 3 pics in the 4th rd.

  125. By pudster on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    then lb in the 5th.

  126. By WyoChris on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    #1 Kalil to give Ponder a fighting chance next season. The other option, Clairborne, is just too risky….. his smaller size makes me nervous about a successful transition into the NFL

    #2 CB/S Got to seriously address our secondary this draft….. if Cook stays out of trouble he will have something to add but we need someone else

    #3 Don’t care, i’ll let a full time scout figure out who are the good players come #66

  127. By kevin on Apr 1, 2012 | Reply

    junior hemmingway from michigan in the 3rd or fourth round he has consistently shown playmaking ability hes a steal

  128. By mgr4fun on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    when the #1 LOT on the board is taken with the 3rd overall pick by the minnesota vikings … and for the next 6 months matt kalil is gonna knock heads with jared allen at ota’s and mini-camps and in mankato … ya think he might be good to go against the rest of the NFL … i am also quite sure a former trojan emerson griffin will push him all summer as well … he will earn his stripes the hard way … all the way to the pro-bowl … speakin of the pro-bowl wont it be gr8 to hav a strong safety in the pro-bowl again next year … harrison smith outa ND will be just the man to qb the d-backfield for the next decade the #2 SS harrison smith with the 35th overall pick in the second round

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