Mutombo - Seattle, Carolina, Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta, Green Bay
Justin! - Minnesota, Denver, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, New Orleans
Joel - New York (G), Buffalo, Tennessee, Miami, Kansas City, Chicago, Oakland
Jeremy - Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis,
SKOHR - Philadelphia, Arizona, Washington, Baltimore, New England, New York (J)
>>, Houston Texans
Pick #11, Cameron Jordan, DE, California<<
>>, Minnesota Vikings
Pick #12, Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas<<
The Minnesota Vikings have a ton of needs. QB is top priority, and while we were expecting Gabbert and Newton to both be gone, we were really hoping that Jake Locker would fall to the 12th spot. Coach Leslie Frasier is already on record saying that the Vikings will be looking into a QB in the first two rounds. With pressing needs along the offensive and defensive line as well as cornerback, the Vikings have a lot of directions that they can look to and get great value. Most mock drafts have them targeting a rush end to help out Jared Allen in light of Ray Edward’s impending free agency. It’s considered the safe pick to target someone like JJ Watt of Wisconsin, Da’Quan Bowers of Clemson, or Robert Quinn of UNC, to name a few. And while I admit that those guys would all look fantastic in purple – and really, who doesn’t? – this draft is absolutely loaded with defensive ends. As John Clayton pointed out in an excellent article for ESPN, in the last four drafts, 17 defensive ends have been taken in the first round, and only 1 has been a Pro Bowler: not exactly the greatest return on investment. Guys with first-round talent but second-round grades like Jabaal Sheard of Pittsburgh will be available at this need position in time for the Vikings second pick. Another pressing need is at the offensive tackle position. As far as how I feel about taking a tackle here, let me just refer to the 2008 NFL Draft. Miami selected Jake Long, a three-time Pro Bowler who has had an excellent career so far. Then again, so has Matt Ryan, the guy that went two picks after him. The Dolphins are another team that could be trying to address the quarterback position this April. With six teams in need of a quarterback before the next pick, the Vikings cannot afford to risk letting a potential franchise guy slip by, so they have to take the best quarterback available.
>>, St, Louis Rams
Pick #14, Julio Jones, WR, Alabama<<
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