Vikings Hosting “Top 30″ Visit As Draft Day Nears

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 3, 2012 – 5:57 pm

Every year since GM Rick Spielman joined the club in 2007 (back then as VP of Player Personnel), the Vikings have held a “Top 30 visit,” in which 30 prospects in the upcoming draft are invited to Winter Park over the course of two days. This year’s visit is occurring as we speak, and we mention it here because it’s the most recent significant event in the build up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

While it’s titled the “Top 30 visit,” the athletes invited are not necessarily the best 30 prospects on the Vikings draft board. Rather, the 30 athletes at Winter Park are a collection of 30 prospects that, for whatever reason, the Vikings personnel and coaching staffs want to see up close and personal another time. This year, though, with the Vikings slated to pick 3rd overall, the guest list includes plenty of blue-chip players.

For sensitivity reasons, we won’t list the 30 players who’ve arrived at Winter Park. If the Vikings wanted people to know who was present at the Top 30 visit, they’d publish the names. But it’s worth noting on the Blog that Spielman, Head Coach Leslie Frazier and the Vikings entire personnel and coaching staff are hard at work trying to evaluate this year’s draft class in what will surely be a pivotal draft for the Vikings as they try to re-build this roster.

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  1. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the update. Is there a specific position the Vikings are focusing on with this “Top 30″ visit? Like WR or CB?

  2. By charliewest40 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    GDP…who do u like at #35 and #66 ?

  3. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Greg Cosell talking tonight from NFL films!

    Couples DE ( thumbs down)
    Vinny Curry ( thumbs up)
    Ponder vs Tannehill ( thumbs up Tannehill )
    R.Reiff LT ( thumbs up)
    Trent Richardson ( super thumps up )
    Fletcher Cox ( super thumbs up)
    George Iloka S ( thumbs up)
    Dant’a Hightower ( thumbs down)
    Janoris Jenkins ( super thumbs up)
    Poe (thumbs down)
    Ryan Steed CB ( super thumbs up)
    Dwight Bentley ( thumbs up)
    Shea McClellin lB ( super thumbs up)
    A.J. Jenkins WR ( thumbs up)

  4. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    It all depends on who falls. I say Harrison Smith 35th. Chase Minnifield 67th

  5. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    In my previous mocks i had us taking George Iloka in the 5th. I hope we get him. Anything is an improvement for us at safety

  6. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    GDP shocked about Iloka. He said the guy is #1 to cover TE’s

  7. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Make the Alshon Jeffery at 35 charlie

    Rd1- LT Matt Kalil
    Rd2- WR Alshon Jeffery
    Rd3- CB Chase Minnifield
    Rd4- LB Sean Spence
    Rd4comp- LB Keenan Robinson
    Rd4comp- DT Kheeston Randall
    Rd5- FS George Iloka

  8. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hes 6’4″ if im not mistaken

  9. By charliewest40 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I like the cornerbacks who could also play safety. like Trumaine Johnson or maybe Dennard. But your right, anything is an improvement.

  10. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Trumaine Johnson playing the strong side safety. George Iloka playing free safety. I like the idea

  11. By charliewest40 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I think its gonna come down to Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffery or Harrison Smith in the 2nd.

  12. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I think the major upside Hill has will make it difficult for teams to pass on him late in the 1st. I hope he falls to us I’d take him over Jeffery everyday. He might not have put up the numbers in college but he seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

  13. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Also he said Iloka not going to be able to cover calvin johnson, steve smith, etc (hip turn, quickness)

  14. By charliewest40 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not sold on Iloka, re really doesnt impress me on tape and he’s kind of gauky lookin.

  15. By charliewest40 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Its a good thing some are projecting 4 QB’s being taken in the 1st. 2 more talented guys will fall to us.

  16. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Add another talented player falling to us if Shea McClellin gets picked in 1st round

  17. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    GDP the nfc north is not heavy 2 tight end set driven? i think… George may not work for us

  18. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I still think if DT Devin Still falls to us in the 2nd we should take him. Whats your take on Still?

  19. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Thats why i have us taking him in the 5th round. Nothing higher than the 5th

  20. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions are the only team to run 2 TE set with Schefner i think is his last name and Pettigrew.

  21. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Saints signed LB David Hawthorne

  22. By charliewest40 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    It kills me that they have the vikes ranked 31st for the upcoming season. Were going to surprise MANY !

  23. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hey if if we do finish 31st we can draft Tyrann Mathieu

  24. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    GDP haven’t watched D. Still. lol u are so excited but we can only draft 1 player in the second!

  25. By charliewest40 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t even think about having another horrible season. NOT happening

  26. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Still was originally projected as a top 15 talent. He was ranked the best DT before the combine. And yeah I’m excited. Its not often we have such a high pick in the draft

  27. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

  28. By DRS on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Written by John Croman FILED UNDER Vikings Top Stories

    Vikings stadium bill tiptoes through political minefield

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Vikings stadium bill made history Monday night when it passed its first committee test, but many legislative hurdles await the plan in the coming days and weeks.

    Even the project’s top booster at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton, wouldn’t predict how the story will end. In fact, it’s still not clear when the 2012 will end, with some lawmakers asking leaders to call it quits before Good Friday

  29. By Mike B. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    GDP is on the Kalil bandwagon

  30. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

  31. By charliewest40 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Devon Still is a monster

  32. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Devon disruptive force up the middle Pat Williams style! c’mon studwell find us one of those guys in the 4th round

  33. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B- Your just figuring this out now?

  34. By Mike B. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    cool beans

  35. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Kheeston Randall out of Texas has the same build as Kevin Williams. All the guy does is eat up double teams. Holds his ground very well against double teams. He will be available to us and we should consider him with one of our 4th round picks. If we dont draft Still that is

  36. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

  37. By DRS on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    NFL Blog Network draft mock: NFC North
    April, 2, 2012 By Kevin Seifert

    So, two days away from the blog at the end of March was long enough to miss out on the conception and some of the execution of an blog network mock draft. I handled the NFC North’s first two choices, for the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. My blog colleagues filled in on the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.

    2012 NFL Draft

    Round 1: Thurs., April 26

    Rounds 2-3: Fri., April 27

    Rounds 4-7: Sat., April 28

    Radio City Music Hall, New York City

    Draft order | Draft home

    • Todd McShay Mock 4.0
    • Mel Kiper’s Big Board
    • Todd McShay’s Top 32
    • Draft Machine
    • Mel Kiper Mock 3.0

    There will be more mock drafts to come from the blog network, in addition to those authored by ESPN’s host of draft analysts. So hang on. Below are the NFC North choices from Monday’s blog network mock:

    3. Vikings: USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil
    Comment: There are of course no trades in this mock so we can’t really explore what might be the Vikings’ top choice here at No. 3. But barring a trade, I’m not prepared to predict they will choose outside the box at this spot. They don’t have a left tackle, and Kalil is the consensus choice as the best non-quarterback prospect available. Despite general manager Rick Spielman’s posturing, I don’t see him getting cute. Yet.

  38. By Mike B. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t have enough time off to go to the draft party

  39. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    DT Derek Wolfe would make a good late 4th round pick….Another player with a solid senior bowl week..And a good combine showing…

  40. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    This cass is soooo deep at the WR CB and DT positions that we really dont have to use a 2nd round pick at the position unless the player is too good to pass up

  41. By Mike B. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I am thinking it will be the best play of need at round 2.

  42. By Mike B. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    oops player

  43. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Yea, too many superb DT’s to pass on. Just give us one to throw in the mix with letroy and kevin

  44. By sandiamond on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B, the real party starts Day2!

  45. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply


  46. By PurplHaze on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    What’s everybodys thoughts about Reuben Randle as our second round pick? I like his athleticism better than most of the other WRs in this years draft. And good hands too. Thoughts?

  47. By PurplHaze on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    *Rueben that is

  48. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    1st Rd – Matt Kalil LT/USC
    Height/weight 6-7/306 Might be the best LT available in he draft in years.
    Will be a pro bowl player at his position for years. Will be a key role in
    the Vikings offense given he stays healthy for 10+ Years. Vikings largest
    need is at LT. No brainer Matt Kalil will be a Viking at the 3rd overall
    pick in the 1st rd.

    2nd Rd – Trumaine Johnson CB/Montana
    Height/weight 6-2/204 Ranked 11 overall In CB’s, However he has played all
    kinds of positions. Johnson even played QB in highschool and passed for
    1800 yards 500 rush yards and 22 TD’s in one year. He also played WR.
    He was WR switched to CB in college having a very good career. He will fall
    a bit and was ranked 11 because of Height and weight. His skills at pass
    defence and run defence has made him perfect fit at SS. The switch will be
    easy. Vikings have a meeting to meet with him as well. Vikings will trade
    down to about the 20th pick in 2nd rd. Switching 2nd’s and picking up an
    extra 3rd rd pick.

    3rd Rd – Chase Minnifield
    Height/weight 5-10/183 Possesses all the skills at CB and fits our system.
    Will give bowman a challenge to compete for a role this year. Vikings will
    choose this young talent at 3rd overall selection in the 3rd.

    3rd Rd – Juron Criner WR/Arizona
    Height/weight 6-4/215 Criner played well as a frshman, even starting three
    games, but really put his name on the program in the next season turning in
    nine of his 45 catches for 582 yards into scores. As impressive as that
    total was, Criner picked up his play in 2011, enjoying one of the best
    seasons ever by a Wildcat receiver. Criner earned First Team All P@c-10
    with 82 catches for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns. We need a tall
    fast reciever. At the mid of 3rd round he is a steal. He will be able to
    compete for a starting role on our horrible WR core and be an impact player
    we are lookng for in the 3rd round.

    4th Rd – Brandon Brooks/Miami(OH)
    Height/weight 6-5/353 The vikings will look to add competition for our OL.
    He could be a starter this year. He will provide depth and positioned to go
    in the mid 3rd round. He may fall I feel due to a lot of talent and lack of
    need of OG. He will be a 4th rd pick at a 3rd grade. Maybe now we can let go
    of Charlie Johnson. Maybe trade Charlie to philly.
    He missed most of the first half of the 2010 season as a junior, but started
    at both left tackle and left guard down the stretch, earning Second Team All
    MAC honors. Brooks started every game in 2011 as a senior (12 starts)
    earning Second Team All-MAC honors for the third consecutive season.

    4th Rd – Dajohn Harris DT/Southern Cal.
    Height/weight 6-3/306 He earned a starting role in 2010 as a junior and
    statistically had his best season, recording 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss,
    3.5 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one interception. Harris
    was part of a heavy line rotation in 2011 as a senior, but still started 10
    games at defensive tackle, finishing with 22 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss,
    1.5 sacks, and six pass breakups. For a big man he has a quick bust and tons
    of strength making him in a few year my new Pat Williams.

    4th Rd – Jerry Franklin ILB/Arkansas
    Height/Weight Has a wide trunk and thickly-built frame with good enough length
    (33 1/4-inch arms). Strong and stout against the run, filling lanes with power
    and an attacking mentality. Big, aggressive hitter who can lay the wood.
    Has good awareness to quickly locate the ball, keeping his eyes up and on point.
    Has good balance and short-area burst to stay on his feet through contact. An
    opportunistic defender, tallying five interceptions and four fumble recoveries
    with two defensive TDs. Started 50 games the past four seasons with 376 career
    tackles. Rated higher then burfict but may slip past 4 and into 5th because of
    talent at LB in FA still available. At the bottom of the 4th RD in our comp pic
    this guy maybe enough to start for us and fill our MLB position.

    5th Rd – DeAngelo Peterson TE/LSU
    Height/weight 6-3/243 Many will want to shot me for picking a TE here at 5.
    I feel he is a 3rd or 4th rd talent that falls. Makes him my BPA at this point.
    May add a little depth for our TE position now that we will be seeing more
    2 TE sets. He is more known for blocking and thats advantage over the ones we
    currently roster. Not a hole filler but he will be our BPA at 5th.

    6th Rd – Blair Walsh K/Georgia

    7th Rd – Tysyn Hartman FS/Kansas State
    7th Rd – Chris Owusu WR/Stanford

    Will add more info on the others this took a lot of time already lol

  49. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    sorry long post but thats my mock so far. sorry been fishing havent had time to finsih

  50. By Garrett on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Only real knock to Criner is his forty speed…..4.68 at the combine. Thats pretty slow

  51. By Conjon on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    GDP consider the following :
    R1. Matt Kalil LT
    R2. Harrison Smith SS
    R3. Trumaine Johnson CB
    R4. Brandon Boykin CB oh the return game is storng with this one :)
    R4. Vontaze Burfict LB I know this might be a tad out there but hey I watched this man play at Corona HS then ASU and is a magnet for big plays not a starter but split the time with jasper and WAtch him grow mentally and that would be nice.
    R4. Kheeston Randall DT aka double team
    R5. George Iloka FS
    R6. Tom compton OL cross fingers
    R7. Dale Moss WR
    R7. That kicker from texas A&M that looks like an out of shape linebacker

  52. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Garrett Criner was timed at 4.52 on his pro day and to be honest plays like sidney rice. Size and lot of characteristics are the same. At that point in the draft he is a bargain :)

  53. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    03/20/2012 – Arizona Pro Day: The reviews were more positive for Foles’ primary target, Juron Criner, despite the fact that the playmaking Wildcat receiver again timed slower than scouts had hoped. The 6-3, 222 pound Criner was timed at 4.52 seconds by one watch at Monday’s Pro Day, a signficant improvement from the 4.68 second time he was “officially” credited with at the Combine. Sources, however, were quick to point out that due to the weather the athletes were asked to run inside on a carpet, which should result in faster results. Some teams add as much as a tenth of a second to 40-yard dash times ran on fast surfaces such as this one. Criner also proved that the 38″ vertical jump he posted at the Combine was no fluke. In fact, Criner beat the effort with a 39″ jump Monday. Not surprisingly, Criner was also very impressive during the positional drills. While Criner isn’t an elite athlete he does have excellent hands and body control, each of which were demonstrated at the workout. – Rob Rang,

  54. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Lance- I like the idea of drafting a blocking TE. I’m assuming we aqcuire the extra third round pick by trading back in the 2nd? I like it but it all depends on whether we trade back. Lets hope your right though!

  55. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Conjon- I like it but i feel Trumaine Johnson would be better suited as a safety for us. In which case you can switch either Harrison Smith or George Iloka for a different position. More Depth at CB. or another WR. Unless you are absolutely certain Dale Moss will be a starter for us some time down the road.

  56. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I think more than half the players we will end up drafting will be players who played in the senior bowl. Something to consider.

  57. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I agree GDP I am hoping we trade back into the 2nd rd and that i am getting my extra 3rd pick. Because I feel we can feel more holes this way. I also Agree on Johnson thats why im croosing him in my mock. I think he is a natural safety his weight and height. He seems to tall for NFL CB. but he is very athletic and i think no matter who drafts him they wil have a starting saftey

  58. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t like the idea of drafting 4-DBs this year. I think 2 would be enough to cover our needs, 3 might be acceptable.

    We are very short on LBs right now, so look for at least two of them in the draft. And I’d hope that the team finds a tall, fast WR before the end of the 4th round.

  59. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    well my mock Parody has your Tall WR mine says 6-3 some say he is 6-4. I say we could grab him in 3rd somehow.

    Plus my last FS i was looking at a special teams guy but we could prob find a LB at that point to.

  60. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    And safeties can line up anywhere on the field. Hes not a guy we can put in the box because hes not known for being great against the run. But he is a guy who can play at the line of scrimmage because of his experience as a CB. More looks you can give an offense the harder it is for them to read the defense, and Johnson certainly allows us to mix things up. Versatility is something that is hard to coach. We know all about versatility with Percy and Webb. I would love to have another player like that, but on defense.

  61. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Thats a good point. I didn’t really think of that at all. Another reason I hope to see him in purple :)

  62. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Keenan Robinson and Sean Spence are ILBs we should look at. They will probably be available in the 4th round

  63. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

  64. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

  65. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I like jerry franklin tho. I know many may like ILBs but this guy is pretty good at making big plays. lots of INTs and FF’s plus scored 2 TD’s on those. I like that and its something we didnt have with EJ

  66. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    This is the LB i want to see wearing purple the most

  67. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Lance- its something we dont have with any of our LBs

  68. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I see that Lance. I should have made it clear that I was commenting on Conjon’s mock.

  69. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    that is a very true statement. I do like greenway just doesnt seem to turn the ball over much.

    Also like to say Franklin has 4 fumble recoveries as well and 376 tackles in 50 games isnt too bad lol

  70. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Lance – If your line on Franklin is accurate, I think he’d be a great add. We don’t know if Erin is going to be around next year, so having a guy like that who can replace him in 2013 would be awesome. I like the idea of guys who can make big plays over the guys who just avoid making many drastic mistakes.

  71. By Parody on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I recall seeing Greenway grab a diving interception once after it got tipped at the line. It’d be nice to see him make more plays like that. I hate to think that it was a once in a lifetime fluke for him.

  72. By Lance on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    True lol because he is a solid LB, tackles and reading plays one of the best… just doesnt make any turnover often. If he did he would be a pro bolwer every year in my opinion

  73. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    When you have players who can play multiple positions, they tend to approach the game differently than a player who strictly plays one position. Mo Claiborne is an example. Being a former WR he knows how WRs play which makes it easier for him to cover them. Trumaine Johnson being a former QB he understands how QBs read the defense and how they can look the safety away from where they want to throw. Make it easier for him to make plays on the ball.

  74. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I understand how it is because I played receiever, linebacker, safety, and quarterback. It makes the game so much easier if you understand the position your playing against. You dont fall for their little tricks as much as other players might. I dont look at Tim Tebow as a QB. I look at him as one of the best football players in the league.

  75. By VegasVike on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s my mock draft opinion..
    Before the first pick I’ll be at the casino and will be on my second beer. Vikings make their first pick (Kalil), order my fourth beer and a shot of tequila. Then after about two more beers take a cab home.

  76. By josh k on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    i really want the Vikings to get Sanu at #35

    i think he has tons of potential with no hype

  77. By josh k on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    if we got Kalil 1st then Sanu 2nd we could go defense the rest of the draft. and a kicker

  78. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    LB Nigel Bradham must become a Viking. He has lead FSU in tackles the past 3 seasons and can play any of the LB spots.

  79. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    CB/S T. Johnson would be great he could easily match up against TEs and would be very valuable against 5 Wrs sets.

  80. By Conjon on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    How about this little changes but maybe this will work I see quite the amount of potential and it gets me excited for next season.

    R1. Matt Kalil LT
    R2. Harrison Smith SS
    R3. Trumaine Johnson CB
    R4. Tommy Streeter/Juron Criner WR
    R4. Vontaze Burfict LB
    R4. Kheeston Randall DT
    R5. Travis Lewis LB
    R6. Tom compton OL
    R7. Dale Moss WR
    R7. Kicker

  81. By Mike R. on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    What about DT Jaye Howard from Florida as a 4th or 5th rounder? I saw a couple of the televised games of Florida. He didn’t seem to quit on the plays. But one scouting website had him “not having much production against better teams”….What games were they watching???

  82. By Mike R. on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Also FS Neiko Thorpe Auburn as a late rounder. (shout out to sandiamond) He played corner last year and switched to safety this past season.

  83. By Mike R. on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    CB Derrius Brooks W. Kentucky

    Nice NFLPA all star game. Good pro day even though most came to watch RB Rainey.

  84. By Mike R. on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Late round or UDFA K Greg Zuerlein from Mizzou Western (yes,Div II or III) Strong leg…

  85. By Mike R. on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    or First Team Big 10 (11 or 12) OG.

    No I don’t mean OG Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin but OG Joel Foreman from Michigan State. At end of college football season they were both projected to go in the draft around the same round. Now, Zeitler has moved up and Foreman dropped completely off the radar…(?)

  86. By TheValentine84 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    @Conjon, I like that draft a lot actually, but honestly I think Harrison Smith will be gone by 35. If that’s the case, we need to make sure we grab Trumaine, who would be able to fill 2 of our biggest needs (CB/SS). Also, I don’t like the idea of taking Burfict, i’d much rather take Sean Spence if he’s there in the 3rd. The rest of your draft is good. My revised mock would look like:
    1. Khalil LT
    2. Trumaine Johnson CB/SS
    3. Sean Spence OLB
    4. Tommy Streeter WR
    4. Chase Minnifield CB
    4. Kheeston Randall DT
    5. Travis Lewis LB
    6. Tom compton OL
    7. Dale Moss WR
    7. Kicker

  87. By Mike R. on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply


    I really liked what I saw of Bradham. His YouTube video has him delivering a hit on a Miami WR. They gave him personal foul and ejection from game. He was going to be suspended but review showed it was a good clean hit.

  88. By celticvikingwarrior on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Just a thought….we all agree we need a big fast receiver with great hands route running abilityand to be able to go up and get the ball. How about a guy who is 6′-6″-247, has superb hands, great route running ability the ability to go get it and played in a top 10 program in an NFL offense with one of the best QB’s of the lasr 40+ years….oh, and by the way ran the EXACT SAME 40 TIME AS A “BURNER” mentioned on these blogs many, many times, Michael Floyd at 4.47. I’m obviously talking about COBY FLEENER. Ya I know he’s a TE now BUT….could you imagine Fleener and Jenkins (or?) outside, with Harvin in the slot and Rudolph and Carlson at TE, and of course A.P. in the backfield….WOOOOOW !!!!!!!!!
    One other thing, will those of you who want this “player” PLEASE WISE UP AND GET OFF IT. I’m talking about MLB Vonteze Burfict, he is a joke and an enbarressment !!!!!!!! WE WILL NOT SIGN HIM AS A UNDRAFTED F/A LET ALONE WASTE A PICK ON HIM !!!!!

  89. By sandiamond on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    celtic, A pass catching TE is the last thing we need with all the holes to fill on this squad. Just spent 25 million for that position! I tend to agree more with you on Burfict. He should be only a option when the others are off the draft board: Spence, Bradham, Robinson, Carder, Lewis, Franklin, Cole

  90. By kris on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    it seems crazy but how awesome would it be to see us take blackmon and then steven hill in the second, we wouldnt adress the much help needed secondary but we could then get back to the 98 vikings with those two play makers, I kno hill is raw but we have the best WR coach in football and he can make that 6’4 guy that runs a 4.3 and has sick hands into a superstar!!!!! and blackmon doesnt need ne help hes just a beast already

  91. By deanathome on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    When we draft an lb,I think it would be wise to select Sean Spence..This kid is a player dispite his lack of height.When i watched his games he was making tackles all over the field.He would be a great addition to our team…

  92. By Craig on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    I read that Dale Moss WR is 6.3 ran a 4.3 40 and a faster 3 cone drill than anyone in the combine. The 3 cone shows explosion and ability to separate. He was 4 year college basket ball player great hands and was asked to come out for football with his final year of eligibility due to his toughness on the court. Hope the Vikes don’t try to wait to long to draft this sleeper cause with numbers like that he won’t be sleeping long.

  93. By Conjon on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply


    I just dont think we can use the 35th pick on the on Trumaine johnson its not that I dont like the player because I do but there might be a Stephen Gilmore Or Janoris Jenkins and hopefully Harrison Smith left just waiting to be picked.
    I just like Vontaze Burfict he just has that X factor he can become great he has it in him. Im just a fan of him lol maybe though Sean Spence is the way to go but im still poll riding my boy Vontaze

  94. By BK on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    #3 Blackmon
    #35 Jeffrey

    start the season “guns blazin'”

  95. By Frost on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    2nd round pick…

    Stephen Hill!!!!!

    C’mon, son!

    Only way that shouldn’t be the pick
    is if Harrison Smith is off the board…

  96. By josh k on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    so we just signed CB chris carr from the ravens, that might be our best FA signing and it definitely takes the pressure off taking a CB early in the draft.

    either Kalil than Sanu, or Blackmon then a lineman 2nd round. definitely happy we picked up carr

  97. By Petie97 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Ok doesn’t Hill remind anyone of Troy Williamson. Both unproven Recievers in college and Both VERY FAST! I just think we need to be a little wary of recievers Height,Weight, and 40 times. Remember Cris Carter didn’t run the fastest 40 neither did Michael Irvin. Both deep threats, both great players.

  98. By Petie97 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to have sean spence or Keenan Robinson .But I would also love to draft Nigel Bradham from Flordia State or Demario Davis From Arkanas State Both Athletic and Run Stopping LBS.

  99. By Petie97 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Just a Thought what about Trading our 3rd and 4th round pick to move into the 1st round to get a good CB or WR??

  100. By josh k on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    a 3rd and 4th wont get you into the 1st round. possibly into the late 2nd

  101. By Troutdaddy on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Carr will be a good pickup if he can stay healthy. Kind of a tough call on him but the guy does have some great skills as a CB. As far as the top 30 players to visit the Vikes, we know that Kahlil is there and possibly Claiborne and Blackmon as well but I am interested to hear who else actually showed up and what the buzz is. I know that for “Sensitivity” reasons no names were listed on this blog entry but already this morning I am seeing articles about who is there and who is not. I am hoping that some of our regulars here have the scoop on some of the names so I don’t have to search all of the other sites to find out! That is one of the things I really appreciate about the cool people on this blog is that they get the info and keep us informed about players, stadium and vital info that doesn;t always make it onto the actual Blog article… Props to all you who keep us in the know… DRS… OTKahlil2012…. Much appreciated!

  102. By Petie97 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    if we could back into the 2nd round we should go after Devon Still . I’m not sold on Fred Evans and Letroy Guion at NOSE TACKLE. I think Guion is more of a 3 technique like Kevin Williams. Our run D was not the same when Pat left. We could also go after a WR if we don’t get one at 35.

  103. By Petie97 on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    Even Maybe DT Markus Kuhn from NC-State he is fairly new to American Football but is very raw and could become a beast with good mentors like Kevin Williams and Jared Allen. HE would be worth a 6th or 7th round draft pick. Markus Kuhn came to America to play college football from Germany. If he is German he would feel at home in MN.
    6’5” 299lbs
    Bench 225-28 reps

    “Kuhn is quick off the ball, and is more of a force working inside against the pass than he is vs. the run, where he can get neutralized at times by forward-moving lines. He shows good effort and as a developmental prospect.” NFL.COM

    we might as well take a shot on him we had BROCK LESNAR on our team at training camp a few years ago. lol!!

  104. By Oskie_PURP901 on Apr 7, 2012 | Reply

    MY MOCK DRAFT( Prediction) Trading Out that #3 Pick to #7 Jax need a CB (Morris claiborne)

    #7: WR Michael Floyd Notre Dame no difference between Blackmon

    #35:OT Mike Adams Ohio State Great class For O linemans dis year

    #38 (JAX) :Sean Spence Miami know fa gud LBs

    3RD Go Saftey Brandon Taylor LSU or DeQuan Menzie Alabama


  105. By Bigfan1 on Apr 7, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the Vikings don’t become to tunnel visioned during the draft. If Brandon Weeden is available they’d better take him. Weeden is phenomenal he beat RGIII, Luck, and all the others (except ISU) plus he’s more mature and can win games. The Vikings couldn’t go wrong drafting Weeden.

  106. By sandiamond on Apr 8, 2012 | Reply

    ILB 4th/5th maybe a fit in the vikings D zone

  107. By sandiamond on Apr 8, 2012 | Reply


    Asked re: NV LB Johnson. Athletic but not sideline-to-sideline range. Ability to read + flow in run game. Starter potential in future.

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