Let the Fans Decide: Minnesota Vikings' Third-Round Draft Selection

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IFebruary 4, 2009

Two rounds are in the books, and now it's time for the third-round selection.

Phil Loadholt dominated the second-round choice with 40 percent of the vote. Coming in second place was Cornerback Alphonso Smith.

The draft thus far is:

Round 1. Percy Harvin, Wide Receiver, Florida
Round 2. Phil Loadholt, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Two of the biggest needs are filled. I believe that Minnesota should focus on getting a young signal-caller with great talent.

Graham Harrell from Texas Tech University (Pictured above) would be a legitimate option with the 86th overall pick. In his senior season, the 23-year-old stud, passed for 5,111 yards and 45 touchdowns. It puzzles me why he doesn't get as much respect as he deserves. If somebody could please inform me on why he doesn't get a lot of credit, I would love to hear it.

Now, let's take a look at a few options for pick No. 86:

1. Graham Harrell, Quarterback, Texas Tech
2. Nate Davis, Quarterback, Ball State
3. Jonathan Luigs, Center, Arkansas
4. Antoine Caldwell, Center, Alabama
5. Terrance Taylor, Defensive Tackle, Michigan
6. Asher Allen, Cornerback, Georgia
7. Mark Parson, Cornerback, Ohio
8. Nic Harris, Strong Safety, Oklahoma

I've already stated why I think Minnesota should take a long look at Graham Harrell. My second choice would be Mark Parson from Ohio. He wracked up 45 tackles and two interceptions in his senior year. The numbers don't catch your eye, but he was always consistent.

Nic Harris seems like a sleeper here, but he would be good for depth and could be converted to cornerback with a little bit of practice. Numbers like 65 tackles, three forced fumbles, and one interception are very respectable.

Please vote on the poll. Your opinion truly means a lot to me. I will have my fourth round article out on Friday and the fifth round article out on Monday. Stay tuned for more updates within the next few weeks.