2012 NFL Draft: Chase Minnifeld and Other Second-Round Options for the Vikings

Brian Dezelske@@BrianDezelskeCorrespondent IIIJanuary 30, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Chase Minnifeld and Other Second-Round Options for the Vikings

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    So much speculation and hype surrounds the Minnesota Vikings and their first-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft that the second-round prospects never seemed to get talked about.

    However, there are key names in this year’s draft who the NFL knows about that everyone should be paying attention to.

    Chase Minnifield and Nick Toon are just a couple names that could make big splashes as rookies in the NFL.

    With that being said, let’s take a look at a few paths the Vikings could take with their second-round pick in this year’s draft.

Dontari Poe

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    Position: DT

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 345 lbs.

    School: Memphis Tigers

    Dontari Poe is one big run-stuffing dude that could come in and work alongside Kevin Williams, and once again solidify the run defense that fell out of the Top 10 in rushing defense for the first time since 2005.

    Defensive tackle is not a major concern right now, but it is something that needs to be addressed at some point.

    If Chase Minnifield and other names have already fallen off the board, don’t be surprised to see Minnesota take this guy to replace Pat Williams.

    Again, some things would have to fall in place for this selection to happen, but it could.

Nick Toon

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    Position: WR

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 218 lbs.

    School: Wisconsin Badgers

    Nick Toon had a tremendous career with the Wisconsin Badgers and could become a nice receiver in the NFL, just like his dad, Al Toon, was with the New York Jets.

    He has the size to go over the middle and make the tough catches, as well as be a formidable red-zone threat.

    However, from a personal standpoint, but I’d prefer if they stayed away from Toon here.

    There are more glaring needs at this point, and this draft is stocked with WRs that could make an immediate impact, such as Tommy Streeter from Miami or Jordan White from Western Michigan.

Mohamed Sanu

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    Position: WR

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 218 lbs.

    School: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

    Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu has been rocketing up the mock-draft boards recently and has even found himself appearing in Mel Kiper’s latest first-round mock.

    While I’m not completely confident he’ll end up a first-round pick, I do think he will be taken in the first 40 picks.

    Sanu is a physical WR who excels with running after the catch.

    He’s actually built in the same mold as former second-round pick and Rutgers standout Kenny Britt, and has the potential to do some of the same things Britt has done in his short time in the NFL.

    Again, defense is more of a glaring issue at this point and waiting until the third round for a receiver would be more beneficial for the Vikings.

Zebrie Sanders

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    Position: OT

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 308 lbs.

    School: Florida State Seminoles

    This would be an interesting pick for a couple reasons: First, the Vikings would have to miss out on Matt Kalil with the No. 3 pick in the draft. Then, they would have to not trade back and position themselves to select either Riley Reiff or Jonathan Martin.

    Seeing that left tackle is the biggest concern heading into the offseason. If Minnesota does indeed draft either Justin Blackmon or Morris Claiborne in the first round, they will not be able look past Zebrie Sanders of Florida St.

    He’s an athletic big man that has shown he can play both tackle positions, although he looks more comfortable at LT.

    While he’s not as NFL ready as the aforementioned names, he has the potential to become just as good.

    Like I said earlier, though, a lot of things would have to fall in line for this pick to take place.

Chase Minnifield

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    Position: CB

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    School: Virginia Cavaliers

    Plenty of corners will fall off the board in the first round, leaving Chase Minnifield right there staring the Minnesota Vikings in the face at the top of round two.

    The struggles in the Vikings secondary have been well documented, and there’s no better way to piece it back together than through the draft.

    Minnifield is tall, so he’d be able to defend the bigger WRs in the league and has enough closing speed to make up for some mistakes.

    Minnesota may wind up selecting Morris Claiborne with the No. 3 overall pick in the first round, but those well-wishers shouldn’t get their hopes up. Matt Kalil will be the Vikes choice there if they decide not to trade down.

    It should be noted that Chase’s father, Frank Minnifield, was a very well accomplished cornerback with the Cleveland Browns during the 80s.


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