Mocking the Vikings 2011 NFL Draft

Mar 30, 2011


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The Vikings have to hit at least a double with both of their first two picks (#12 overall and #43 overall) after trading a third round pick in the Randy Moss fiasco. Here’s a look at their 2011 NFL Draft picks and their possible targets. Click here to see a first round mock of the 2011 NFL Draft.
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First Round, 12th Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
With the risk of losing Ray Edwards to free agency, the Vikings will need to find another pass rushing end. Fortunately for the Vikings, there are plenty of good options in this draft. Bowers is an injury risk, but he has major upside. I know quarterback is a primary concern for the Purple, but Jake Locker is too big of a reach at 12. Trading out of the 12 slot is a possibility.
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Second Round, 11th pick:  Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
Kaepernick is a great athlete that has the physical tools to be a dynamic player in the NFL. It will take some time to groom him. Going with Kaepernick means you will likely give Joe Webb a shot or bring in a stopgap. Christian Ponder will likely be gone. Ryan Mallett has too many red flags. Andy Dalton is a possibility, but his upside is minimal. If they want an extra base hit out of this slot they’ll roll the dice on Kaepernick.
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Fourth round, 9th pick:  Stephen Schilling, OG, Michigan
The Vikings have major holes in their offensive line, most notably at guard. Schilling is a four-year starter that could start right away for the Vikings.
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Fifth round, 8th pick:  Joe Lefeged, SS, Rutgers
Lefeged has decent size (6’0″, 210 lbs) and good speed (4.42 forty). He gives the Vikings depth at a position of need and can be an immediate contributor on special teams.
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Fifth round, 19th pick (from NY Giants):  Chykie Brown, CB, Texas
Brown has decent size (5’11″, 190) and decent speed (4.49 forty). He can cut his teeth in nickel and dime situations as well as on special teams. Cornerback depth was a serious deficiency for the Vikings last year. It’s important to address that in the draft.
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Sixth round, 7th pick:  Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson
Bryant McKinnie and Phil Loadholt could use a little competition to be more motivated. Hairston is a big dude (6’6″, 326) that could at least push the starters while providing good depth.
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Sixth round, 35th pick:  Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina
Wide receiver was another position that had depth issues last year. Gurley is a big kid (6’4″, 216 lbs) with 4.53 speed.
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Seventh round, 13th pick:  Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia
The Vikings could use some depth at defensive tackle, especially if Pat Williams walks. Neild at 6’2″, 319 could help fill that massive void.
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Seventh round, 35th pick:  Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley State
Lockette and his 4.34 forty speed are worth a flier at this late stage in the draft.
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This article is also featured at NFLTouchdown.com, where I am the Vikings Fan Voice writer.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CCC
    March 30th, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    let the rebuilding begin

    I can’t see Bowers dropping that far
    some, like me, think Carolina might grb him

    IF the Vikes give Colin 2-3 years to sit and develop, this kid could be an EXCELLENT QB

    BUT can they afford to? Maybe sign Bulger or some vet?

    WR interests me because Rice says he isn’t coming back and Berrien is rumored to be going

    the trenches are getting old too

    seems like my Skins = holes like swiss cheese

  2. LestersLegends
    March 30th, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    maybe it’s just smoke screens, but that knee seems troublesome.

    Berrian is so gone. He’s done. I think O-line could still be solid if mckinnie puts some effort in. Hutch is a shadow of himself and pat williams isn’t likely returning.

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