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Are you still with me? Good, because this is where the fun really lies, the late rounds, and still four picks to go.
OK, here is what we have so far, according to me: MLB, DT, CB, WR, S, OLB and DE. Not bad, but there may be a repeat position picked already, and that will most likely be based on Best Player Available (BPA).
OK, we’re in Round 6 now, so let’s look at offense, unless the Vikings go that route in Round 5, as my insurance pick suggests.
Positions to consider: OG, CB, WR, RB
G: Basically, one name left for me: Blaize Foltz (6'4", 310 pounds) out of TCU. Very productive player who did well as a run-blocker and pass protector. He has good size and seems adequate at both run- and pass-blocking.
CB: Brandon McGee (5'11", 193 pounds) out of Miami. He is talented but inconsistent (go figure for a corner this late in the draft). McGee could be a standout special teams player to start his career, as indicated with his 4.40-40 time. Several scouting reports have McGee as a late-round sleeper, so the Vikings better not snooze on this one.
WR: I’m not sure this guy will be here because of his size and speed, but Marcus Davis (6'3", 220 pounds) out of Virginia Tech could be a good pick. He is still learning how to play the position, but if he is still here, I would be stunned. Another guy to consider, and sticking with VA Tech, is Davis’ battery-mate, Corey Fuller.
At 6'2", 207 pounds (with a 4.43-40 time), Fuller offers better upside than Davis. He is quick, elusive and has the speed necessary to get past DBs. He needs work on his techniques and route running and needs to step up his game in the run game, but Peterson would not waste time filling his ear with kind words about blocking.
RB: What, running back? Well, unless Toby Gerhart enjoys playing here and there, the Vikings will most likely lose the patient, more-than-adequate backup in free agency next year. That is why I want the Vikings to trade him now so they can get value for him, not some supplemental pick in 2015.
With that said, there are three guys here: Marcus Lattimore (6'0", 218 pounds, 4.58-40) out of South Carolina, Rex Burkhead (5'10", 214 pounds, 4.73-40) out of Nebraska and Dennis Johnson (5'9", 213 pounds, 4.54-40) out of Arkansas.
Lattimore: The injury looms large, but at this point, that is not a big risk.
Burkhead: High-quality individual, great character, tough, hard-nosed worker who had nagging injury riddled year.
Johnson: Very productive back who took over for Knile Davis. Solid runner and passer.
Pick: G Blaize Foltz, TCU. It just makes sense at this point if the Vikings have not already addressed this position.
Alternate pick: CB Brandon McGee, Miami. Again, if Winfield does return, the Vikings still need to look at depth here, and McGee could earn his stripes on special teams before challenging as a starter, if ever.