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10 Players Already On The Radar At Senior Bowl

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 21, 2013 – 4:52 pm

After 6 months of paying exclusive attention to NFL players during training camp, the preseason, the regular season and the playoffs, it’s now time for the Vikings and Vikings fans to turn the lion’s share of their attention to college players. Teams are pedal to the metal in draft preparation mode, and it’s time for the rest of us to join in on the action.

We’ll be down in Mobile, Alabama this week covering the Senior Bowl and filling you in on what’s going on and who looks good. As I did last year when I made my maiden voyage to the Senior Bowl, I’m sure players will emerge and standout that I had not previously known. It will take a few days for that to happen, but it will happen.

In the meantime, here are 10 players who are already on my radar and who you will hear about as the week goes on…

HB Kenjon Barner (Oregon) – Some say the biggest difference between the college game and the NFL game is speed. I’m not sure if that is indeed the biggest difference – some might argue that point. But I do know there’s a huge difference in the speed of the game between the amateurs and the pros. However, if there’s been a program of late that has closed that gap even a little, it’s been the University of Oregon. They’ve run an up-tempo offense under head coach Chip Kelly (he’s now the Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach), rarely huddling between plays and averaging 49.6 points per game the past season. Yes, 49.6. Points. Per game. The success that LaMichael James, a former Oregon Duck, has had with the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers has me intrigued about the Barner’s chances. He didn’t average below 6.0 yards per carry in any of his 4 seasons at Oregon, and his last season was his best. Barner had 1,767 rushing yards and 21 TDs on 278 attempts to go along with 20 receptions for 256 yards with 2 more TDs.

LB Michael Buchanon (Illinois) – Call me silly if you want, but the reason I put him on this list is that he plays LB and he played at the University of Illinois. The Vikings Director of College Scouting is Scott Studwell, a great player for a long time for the Vikings, and he also played linebacker at the University of Illinois. I know that doesn’t have a practical correlation, but it’s an interesting nugget and it provides a reason to put a kid many of you haven’t heard of on this list.

WR Aaron Dobson (Marshall) – To be honest, this might be the player I’m looking forward to seeing the most this week. He measures in at 6-3, 200 pounds and has the frame you see in prototypical NFL WRs. Dobson made perhaps the catch of the year (look it up as “Aaron Dobson – The Catch”) and he might be the type of receiver this Vikings offense has been missing. Dobson is a solid character guy who has been the face of Marshall’s program of late. Last year (2011) he had 668 yards receiving and 12 TDs on 49 receptions, while his senior season featured fewer TDs (3) but more receptions (57) and receiving yards (679).

DT Jonathan Jenkins (Georgia) – On the ESPN Scout’s Inc. Top 32 board, Jenkins is ranked 16th and Mel Kiper has him going 25th to Seattle in his first mock draft. Georgia’s defense was pretty good this season. The Vikings are a team that could be looking to add depth along their defensive line (you can never have too many good defensive linemen). It all adds up, so we’ll keep an eye on Jenkins this week. For what it’s worth, Kiper describes Jenkins as “an interior defender who can occupy blockers, occasionally penetrate and even wreck the pocket from the inside is a need.” Kiper also says that “Jenkins was a little uneven at times in 2012, but has the upside of an impact interior lineman.”

LB Nico Johnson (Alabama) – He played linebacker for Nick Saban at Alabama. Enough said?

WR Denard Robinson (Michigan) – Robinson played QB for the vast majority of his career at Michigan and was one of the most exciting and electric players in all of college football. At the Senior Bowl, though, he’ll practice and play as a wide receiver. It will be interesting to watch him make that transition. I’m also hopeful the North coaching staff will have him return kickoffs and punts.

TE Michael Williams (Alabama) – I noticed Williams during the Crimson Tide’s title game victory over Notre Dame. He scored a TD early in the game and looked like an NFL athlete in doing so. I’m anxious to see him in person – it’s a whole other ballgame seeing a guy move in person, especially at a position like TE where a player can be asked to do a variety of things.

DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina) – He makes the list because ESPN’s Todd McShay pegged him as the Vikings selection in his first mock draft of the season, saying Williams “has good speed and range, power at the point of attack, quick hands and solid instincts.” Should the Vikings actually fulfill McShay’s projection, it may provide the defense with another “Williams Wall.”

WR Terrance Williams (Baylor) – For the same reason Sylvester Williams makes this list, we put Terrance Williams on the list – an ESPN draft expert (Kiper) projected he’d be the Vikings pick at #23. Here’s what Kiper says about this Williams: “Last year, we saw both Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright taken out of Baylor, and Williams has the skill set to join them as a player drafted with the potential to make an early impact. Williams is first a player who can use his size and speed to stretch the field and take the top off a defense, but he also can make big plays on the sidelines, where he’ll tiptoe and make the catches as well as any pass-catching target in the draft. Williams also will beat you with the ball in his hands as a nifty runner with good size. Minnesota needs a dependable pass-catcher next to Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph.”

All the Quarterbacks – We all like to evaluate QBs, so we’ll put all of them on this list but count them as just one player. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this crop. The 6 QBs on this year’s Senior Bowl rosters are: Zac Dysert (Miami-Ohio); Mike Glennon (NC State); Landry Jones (Oklahoma); EJ Manuel (Florida State); Ryan Nassib (Syracuse); Tyler Wilson (Arkansas).


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76 Responses to “10 Players Already On The Radar At Senior Bowl”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1491880-2013-nfl-mock-draft-pre-super-bowl-edition#/articles/1491880-2013-nfl-mock-draft-pre-super-bowl-edition/page/2

  2. By Spencer on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Haha, well that answered my question from a previous blog.

  3. By Spencer on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t know much of the WR’s from this class.
    But if we were to take a stab at one…

    Has to be atleast 6’4
    Run a 4.4
    37in vertical

  4. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I am still curious as to the operating procedures and policies (if there are any!) as to posting new blog articles. No new blogs for a week– none for the Championship games! What is up with that– and now it’s popcorn on a mercury hot pan of oil.

  5. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Flacco is the best quarterback out there.

  6. By Spencer on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    ….Don’t get too caught up Titus.

  7. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Did you see him outplay Brady and Manning?

  8. By liito on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    1. For offense, I would like to see a game changer, one who can score 1-2 touchdowns a game, besides Peterson and Harvin. Is there a Randy Moss type of receiver in the draft or free agency?

    2. For defense, I would like to see a nasty DT, middle linebacker, safety, or DB. That Sylvester Williams of North Carolina seems intriguing. But then again, Vikes like Notre Dame players.

  9. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    So the two remaining QBs are 6′ 4″ and 6′ ” — and Tom Brady & Matt Ryan & andre Luck are six-four, Peyton is six-five– methinks we need a taller QB.

    Oh look– MBT is six-four

  10. By PurplHaze on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    If there’s even a small chance we take Denard Robinson, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT put him back at QB! Webb would be a better option!!! And that’s not saying much!

  11. By PurplHaze on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    If there is a chance we take a QB in the later rounds, I personally like EJ Manuel.

    Just PLEASE get Patterson if he’s on the board at #23!!! PLEASE!

  12. By Spencer on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Is EJ Manuel a scrambler? No more scrambling quarterbacks.

    I have seen enough.

    And why do people want Patterson over Justin Hunter

  13. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    1st: Patterson (WR)
    2nd: Greene (OLB)
    3rd: Spence (DT)
    4th: Wreh Wilson (CB)
    4th: Melette (WR)

    Pick up Levitre in FA

  14. By Spencer on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Holy Sh!t, so thats what people see in Patterson.

    Dude has GREAT feet, his cut moves remind me of Lesean McCoy

  15. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah Spencer, he is an ANKLE BREAKER

  16. By PurplHaze on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Manuel is not a “run first” QB. He doesn’t leave the pocket until the play breaks down. No Comparison to a RG3 or Russell Wilson.

  17. By Spencer on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Just going by the YouTube comments, looks like a lot of Dolphins fans want him at #12. So what are some other options?

  18. By PurplHaze on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Patterson has “The Moves”!

  19. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah that seems to be the team that will keep us from getting him. If that’s the case, I can wait til the 2nd to see who is left.

  20. By Spencer on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    What about Keenan Allen?

  21. By john61 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    parkway hope your right,but i say d tackle is more important .the wr are not a frist round grade , think we can get better wr in the 3rd round or fa

  22. By PurplHaze on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    John … That’s crazy talk, with all due respect. =)

  23. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    We need Matt Moore to come in and backup Ponder and teach MBT how to be a QB so when/if the Ponder experiment is over after next season MBT is ready to go.

  24. By PurplHaze on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    That BR mock is the absolute only mock where Patterson is taken before Allen. But hey, if Allen is there at #23 and he fits our team he should be a safe pick.

    Allen is more of a pure WR, Spencer. Where as Patterson does return duties too.

  25. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I’d consider Allen in the first, not nearly as flashy as Patterson but a much more polished prospect thus far as far as route running and has good size still. Not real elite speed though. A few people compared him to Michael Jenkins… which makes me cringe a bit….

  26. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Someone get lance:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1494953-2013-nfl-mock-draft-latest-projections-for-college-footba lls-top-stars/page/24

  27. By john61 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    there way off

  28. By PurplHaze on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    There’s NO WAY Rick would take a QB with our 1st round pick. NO WAY!!!

  29. By Spencer on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    LMAO.

    Who the he|| is Mike Glennon?

  30. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Glennon will be a good QB, but we won’t take a QB this draft, unfortunately

  31. By lilbigfan on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    1.DT Jonathan Jenkin
    2.WR Da’Rick Rodger
    3.CB Tharold Simon

  32. By Justin on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    PurpleHaze I agree with you totally. If Patterson is on the board at #23 we better take him! Everyone wants to see another dynamic player along with Harvin and Peterson.. well look no further. Get the ball in this guys hands and look out. But I also have a feeling He’ll get taken early, maybe by the Browns or Panthers. If so I would also like to see Terrance Williams get the nod. Patterson and Williams to me, are the best WRs in the draft. Come 2nd rd. maybe a LB or how about Tyronne Mathieu?? Throw him back there with Smith with Winfield, Cook, and Jefferson running the WRs.. man thats a dangerous secondary.

  33. By Runway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman knows what he is doing– no need to spend your precious life moments going over the draft. Let the professionals do their homework. I assure you, none of you will have any bearing on the outcome. Live your life to the fullest. You will never have January 21 back again– never!

  34. By john61 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    but its fun to talk about the draft, vikes go all D, AND YOU WILL WIN A BOWL

  35. By PurplHaze on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Something tells me philosophy isn’t your strong suit, Runway. So I’ll continue to speculate on draft options, because I enjoy it. There are worse things. But, thanks for your concern just the same!

  36. By Runway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    No, Plato never worried too much about draft strategy. He never mentioned Te’o in The Republic either.

  37. By john61 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    i still think there going to trade harvin,hope not.

  38. By Runway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Fifty-fifty chance they trade Harvin– much of it depends on private talks going on between the staff and Percy. As a player, the Vikings want to keep him. As a personality, they are very concerned.

  39. By john61 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    raiders or pats. would be good trade partners,

  40. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    SKOL! CANT WAIT!!!

  41. By Carl K on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    C Patterson has an up side and he will probably NOT be on the board when the Vikings pick… But it was Justin Hunter that was Tyler Brays favorite target.
    Hunter caught 27 more b a l l s than Patterson and he had 9 TDs to Pattersons 5. Hunter coming back from a knee injury out played Patterson.

    Don’t count Hunter out just yet!

    I am a big fans of Patterson but he struggles at times to get open. After the catch he is dynamite, but before the catch he is still raw.

    Justin Hunter or Keenan Allen at pick 23 will also work. Ponder needs people to get open quick.

    The key is to also pick up an explosive 3rd down back that can give our passing game a spark.

    RB Joseph Randle- google his highlights and you will see he has good hands and he can also pick up a blitz.

    Joseph Randle in the 3rd round will improve our 31st ranked pass offense.

  42. By Runway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, you guys do your homework. Better call up Spielman to advise him.

  43. By Carl K on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    RB Ray Graham in round 4 or 5 would also be an option to help our passing game.

  44. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Carl K

    Yeah but Patterson had over 300 yards rushing to add to his over 700 yards receiving which is adds up to more total offense than Hunter had. That is also that being his first and only year at Tennessee.

    Not too mention his dangerous ability on special teams. (both punt and kickoff)

    Patterson scored a touchdown on reception, rushing, punt return, and kick return last season.

    His total touchdowns was 10 compared to to Hunters 9.

    So basically your wrong in that Hunter out did Patterson since he contributed more overall. I would bet that Patterson was the most coveted of all players on offense for Tennessee.

    I see your point though from just a pure ‘receiving’ standpoint with Hunter. I can almost be certain that Hunter will only be better being that he has more time to get back to full go since his leg injury.

    I without a doubt would go with Patterson before Hunter but I agree in that it’s very hard to see Patterson getting to #23.

    If the Vikings did draft Hunter at #23 I would still be happy because although I may would prefer Patterson… Hunter is right there with him and can be a great player at the next level.

  45. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Carl K

    I also would not spend a 3rd round pick on a RB.

    Would he be better than what you can get in the 6-7th round? Most likely but not for certain.

    You can still get a good RB in the late rounds rather than using a top half draft selection when those should be used for more pressing needs.

    Only way I would be even remotely happy if the Vikings draft a RB by round 4 is if a player that was 1st-2nd round quality fell that far.

    While there are so many more examples out there but just a couple such as Arian Foster and Alfred Morris should put to rest in feeling the need to draft a RB so high being that it is a position that the Vikings are fairly decently set at.

  46. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    If you wanted to help out the Vikings (specifically the Vikings and not in general) 31st ranked pass offense it would not be through a RB.

    WR and OL would go soooo much further to help that. Absolutely further…. not even close actually

  47. By john61 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    guys Patterson-Hunter are good players but none of them would have a first round grade,in last year draft,only 1 WR from last year made a splash this year,its not worth the risk on these guys, just as good of players late in the draft,this is the year we can really build are D,

  48. By Runway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I bet Spielman does what he always does— drafts players you never considered. He looks only partially at talent, but primarily at purpose (focus), work ethic, personality, and if they fit the team chemistry.

  49. By Tomcat on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Odds are we go DT in the 1st. Maybe LB.

  50. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @john61

    I do agree with you to some degree. Patterson in a way reminds me of last years Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill in that he is an absolute athletically beast but only made it as high as early 2nd round.

    BUT!!!

    Stephen Hill months prior was looked at as a 3rd-4th rounder and rising.

    Patterson right now is being looked at as a 1st-2nd rounder and rising.

    You can’t say they are not 1st round WR because they are. At worst they are 2nd rounders… at worst.

    Also, the fact that you just said that only 1 WR from last years draft bothers me severely. There were 4 WRs taken and I would say that between them…. Blackmon and Wright were the only ones that had some bright moments. A.J. Jenkins by the 49ers was just an old fashioned reach.

    Regardless!!

    It was their first year in the highest level of football on the planet!!! You know… the NFL?! People like you that say dumb stuff like that keep contributing to the quick twitch society where if something isn’t the best right here and now…. get rid of it, fire it, disown it, start new….. and so on.

    How they will pan out in the long haul is anybodys guess but give players time…. time time time time…. by the 3rd year you will have a much greater idea of how a player pans out. Expecting a rookie to contribute immensely to the team right away is being completely unrealistic and ignorant to the game itself.

    I would also nearly go as far as that I like Patterson, Hunter, and Allen (for the most part) alot better than WRs taken in last years 1st round.

  51. By Runway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman takes a RB.

  52. By Tomcat on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    We`ll probably get a veteran WR in free agency, and 1 or two in the draft- possibly as early as the 2nd round.

  53. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Runway

    Definitely sounds like Spielmans ways.

    I did chuckle at your comment about him drafting players that you wouldnt even consider. Kalil and Smith last year were considered. Ha and once you get to rounds 4-7 who on earth could you expect? It is absolute chaos in those rounds to even sit and expect things to go as ONE would think it should play out in those rounds regardless of team. Even rounds 1-3 can be unpredictable.

    The team does though like players especially with good character/personality

    “Nearly” everyone he drafts just has an overall great, down-to-earth like personality to them.

    Not saying that the team won’t go after guys that have made mistakes though. We are all human and mistakes will happen. Depending on severity, if they are completely past the event and good natured they will draf them.

    Although if someone is graded identically or close to them, Spielman and Frazier will almost always go for the ‘good guy’.

  54. By Derik on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I live in TN.. I can tell you now Da’rick Rogers is better than Justin Hunter. Patterson is a play maker for sure but needs more time to polish as a receiver. I really like how Deandre Hopkins attacks the ball. We need one of Rogers, Hopkins, or Patterson to be in purple next year.

  55. By Runway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Well, if Spielman had not taken Kalil, there would have been revolt on the streets. Smith, though, was a bit more controversial. But we also had an unusually high pick– what, second time in the franchise history to start at that spot?

  56. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Runway

    Ha sorry if it sounded like I was arguing because I actually agreed heavily with you.

    It was just that one part I had to rant on.

    On your he only ‘partially’ looks at talent… I see and agree with what you said but to add I don’t think he would draft someone regardless if they didn’t have that pure talent. Last years draft alone…. Kalil, Harrison, Robinson, Wright, Childs, Walsh all had pure talent. If they didn’t Spielman wouldn’t have drafted them of work ethic, focus, drive, study habits, ect. It does help though a lot as you said those are big key areas he looks at in prospects.

  57. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Runway

    Yeah it would be hard to take a guy in the top-10 that didn’t have pure talent. Even though after a couple years one wouldnt think that Jamarcus Russell had any talent at all. LOL!

    Ha that would have been bad if Spielman didn’t pull the trigger on Kalil.

  58. By Runway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Oh, for sure- Spielman brings in high talent, but he is creating a team— that is what is so exciting. As Madden used to say, I smell Superbowl. Speaking of which, this upcoming Superbowl should be neck and neck — both coaches are excellent- and coach the same way. Almost impossible to predict.

  59. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Derik

    I have a friend that goes to the University of Tennessee right now and was going to ask him in more detail about Da’Rick Rodgers.

    To me he could be a very good WR at the next level. He, in fact, is in my Top 5 WR…. I like him a lot.

    Im almost certain the majority of the top level WRs in this draft will go within the last 15 selections in the 1st round and within the first 15 selections in the 2nd round. Just my gut… as unpredictable as the draft is there could end up being not 1 WR taken within those areas I just listed haha

  60. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Runway

    One thing that I enjoy the most with Spielman that he preaches about taking the BPA (best player available)

    Some may disagree or dont even believe him but I do.

    Thing is you can still take BPA and draft for need.

    Some scouting grades and scores come out to stuff like 8.98 or 8.984. How? I dont know I just have read that up before… not all but some do have elaborate grade scores.

    Lets (just an example) say your team needed a WR but was stacked at DT. BPA at your draft selection is a DT rated at 8.244 but a WR is close with a 8.192…..In this case you would draft the WR. Although you are not hypothetically taking the best on your board it still is so close that it is nearly the same but also is satisfying a need.

  61. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    One of the biggest reasons I like BPA……..

    ADRIAN PETERSON! His selection is a very good example

    The Vikings had at the time a decent runner in Chester Taylor rushing for a respectable 1,300 yards that previous season. The Vikings still went with Adrian Peterson…. and boy did that work out.

    The reasoning behind BPA is that if your team is stacked at WR… would you still let go on the next Calvin Johnson?

    If your team was loaded at DE but you had J.J. Watt or Jason Pierre-Paul like star sitting on your selection… would you decide you would rather just take someone else?

    With contracts possibly being up within a couple years for other players, injuries, age, and even trade value… not going for BPA can be a regret for years.

    The only way I see not taking BPA is if someone else is graded very close or that you already have a future HOF/s in/at the position.

  62. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    To your point NN, there are 4 players with a score of 96 according to ESPN’s prospect rankings at 4 different positions. So who is the best? This plays out throughout all rounds of the draft.

  63. By Northern Norseman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Parkway

    Exactly!

    Crazy how just a couple draft selections out of the 275 or so can dramatically change the entire landscape of one’s franchise be it wins, sales, attendance, playoffs, future stadium add-ons, prime time games, free agency, and so on.

    That is exactly why I find the draft so fascinating!

    Hypothetically (although nearly impossible haha) if any team could draft future Hall of Famers with all their selections in one draft then the next decade is theirs. It is like one of us winning a 300 million dollar lottery! Ha its nearly unlikely as it gets but is still possible… the dream draft… one can dream right?

  64. By Jake on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    What do you guys think of Mark Harrison, WR Rutgers, as a late round pick?

  65. By Carl K on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Northern-

    You are correct that overall Patterson out performed Hunter. Yes Patterson is dynamic and if we are looking to replace Harvin, Patterson could do it. He would be worth trading Harvin to move up.

    However, if we resign Harvin, IMO Hunter or Keenan Allen would be a better complement that would help open things up for Harvin.

    Tennessee worked hard to get Patterson all the touches they could, so… For Hunter to come off a knee injury and grad 72 receptions tells me a lot.

    Either Hunter knows how to get open or Tyler Bray knows how to spread the ball around.

    I like Tyler Bray’s big arm…. I am hoping he fall and the Vikings get a shot at him.

    Drafting Hunter, Bray and resigning Harvin would make me a happy camper this offseason. I just can’t wait to see what happens…

  66. By Carl K on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Does anyone know much on LB Nico Johnson? Did he play behind Mosely or rotate with him at ILB?
    Would he be a good fit in purple?

  67. By Scott on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    This is the way I would like to see the draft work out for us and I will explain why.
    1st. Eric Reid (FS)- we play in a division with Rodgers, Stafford, and Cutler and having a decade of pro bowl caliber safeties will sure help our defense.
    2nd. Kwann Short or Sylvester Williams (DT) to solidify the inside of our line.
    3rd. Jonathan Bostic or Shayne Skov (ILB) this pick will help address our middle and increase productivity at that position.
    4th. Aaron Dobson (WR) We need help in this area but without a legitimate #1 reciever in the draft class we can wait. The drop off is really not that large within the top 15 WRs.
    4th. Stedmen Bailey (WR) another target for Ponder and another 4th Rd. for Speilman to grab WRs that will help us contend in 2013.

  68. By Northern Norseman on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Carl K

    I agree with you that Hunter is better than was advertised last season because of his injury.

    Same could be said with Patterson if he had more than just last season at the the D1 level in the toughest conference (SEC) to perfect his game.

    So it goes both ways really.

    I also agree that an Allen or Hunter could be better suited to complement Harvin in our current state of our offense.

    I just lean with Patterson since instead of just Harvin being the trick pony that lines up everywhere and contirbutes in different ways (pass or run)…. Patterson could be that too and would be overwhelming for defensive coordinators. They worry so much about Harvin already, then they would need to make sure Patterson is located and checked out…. that is all too much when your primarily scheming against AP. Patterson I think can develop nicely into a Julio Jones type player outside the numbers so you can still get a taste of what Hunter and Allen can do in that department.

    It is also easier, in my opinion at least, to find a Hunter or Allen as opposed to a Patterson…. he has overall raw talent you cannot find every year.

    If I had to take any of the 3 I would go with Patterson but I would not complain with a Hunter or Allen since they have just as much of a chance to become a great player at the next level.

  69. By Northern Norseman on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Carl K

    About LB Nico Johnson

    From what I know is that he played in all 13 games or so but only started in about half of them.

    So I would think he rotated but for the most part he played a decent amount in every game anyways. He had pretty decent stats too compared to the rest of the defense.

    I like him a lot and have been excited about seeing him at the Senior Bowl.

    My gut feeling is that they will probably stick with one LB between Henderson or Brinkley or just keep both… they wont get rid of them both. Long term I think the team is going to make Audi Cole the starter at ILB, I just have a strong gut feeling about that but could be wrong. Henderson and Brinkley were average-above average as LBs go so if the team can retain them for a couple more years will be valuable since they can concentrate on other areas.

    If they get rid of both Brinkley and Henderson this offseason it might be too much to handle trying to patch up those 2 spots while also trying to address other needs.

    I say keep both Brinkley and Henderson for a couple of years. Spend a draft selection on a quality LB within the first 4 rounds and groom them until a couple of years down the road when Audi Cole and a soon to be draft prospect can take over.

  70. By vikesdhoule on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Take DT Williams. If we can get more pressure up front we will shut more QBs down and get more turn overs. Go get a true #1 free agent WR. FITZ is my pick!

  71. By Northern Norseman on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Scott

    I would be fairly pleased with that draft. If I changed anything it really would not be far off at all. I like it.

    As far as S Eric Reid……

    I am with you in that for a long time I have been thinking that the team should get just 1 more elite safety that seal up that back end. Just look how well Harrison Smith improved the defense! So one part of me wants to get an Elam from the Gators, an Eric Reid from LSU, or even Lester from Alabama to give that back end a dominating look for the next decade.

    BUT…

    I think we would be foolish not the address the fact of how well Jamarca Sanford played this last season. He is looking good. In fact, Greenway on KFAN talked about Sanford being one of the best improving players he has seen in a while. Greenway said that he is a MUST resign. Mistral Raymond is gradually improving and could be a good safety within the next 1-2 years.

    So I would say best bet is to go after a safety in the 4-7 rounds.

    One of my favorite prospects that I nearly guarantee will see his draft projection move up is S Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse…. he would be a very nice 4-7th round selection.

  72. By Northern Norseman on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    As far as LBs go….

    Getting LB Alec Ogletree would be such an awesome addition but he would need to add 15-20lbs over the next couple of years which is not out of reach.

    It is just his speed and coverage skills that are sooo incredible for an ILB.

    We drop the ILB into mid-deep field coverage a lot and with his speed, coverage skills, and great hands would be a very convenient weapon for years to come.

  73. By Scott on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    @ northern Norseman

    I agree that Sanford has improved (against the run) but he at times is a reliability against the pass. We are in such a pass happy league that I believe having the best possible pass defending safeties is a must. Another inside backer I would like them to evaluate is Arther Brown. He seems like a gifted athlete. Te’o may drop to use in the first then I would grab him, best DT in second, and possibly DJ Swearinger or Phillip Thomas in the third. I would still love to use both of our fourth rd. picks on WRs that have fallen. Draft a guard in the fifth, and the best DL or LB available in the seventh rd. picks. This is a strong defensive draft, but I truly believe these pieces would make our defensive a top 10 D in 2013.

  74. By Northern Norseman on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Scott

    I agree with what your saying.

    Thing is though that although I am on board with you on getting another stud safety in this draft. If the safety we got now can do a pretty good job than I would sign him to a 2-3 year contract and address other positions before hitting that home run at safety.

    That is when you must take advantage of not being overwhelmed at a certain position because it gives flexibility to go after positions that the team needs.

    I would really like to draft or sign (free agency) better LBs to replace Henderson or Brinkley and get a better Safety to take Jamarca Sanfords spot but that is too much to do in an off season. You address those positions and suddenly how are you going to improve the WR, G, CB, and DT positions?

    Its best bet to stick with 2 out of the 3 between Henderson, Brinkley, and Sanford…. if not staying with all 3 for 1-3 years because they are above-average players than can hold their own while other spots that actually need immediate attention to be addressed now.

    How much better does a team get going from an above-average safety to a good (not guaranteed when its a draft prospect) safety when a position like G or WR position are still in serious question?

    Like I said I share the same interest as you but now isn’t the time but also like I said before that if a player is too good to pass up than I would gladly take them.

    Can only do so much in 1 year…..

  75. By 4eversteve on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    I would the the Vikings to get two receivers, two defensive tackles and a Linebacker and a safety out of draft. More than likely however they will fill some of the holes they have with a few profile free agents, I really don’t see Speilman and the Vikings spending a lot in free agency

  76. By 4eversteve on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry, I meant to post low profile free agents in my last post.

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