I know April is about five months away, but being a draft junkie, it's hard to not look towards next season and the holes needed to fill on our roster. While I believe the Vikings team is nearly set for starters, there is some concerns regarding the defensive secondary and the ever aging offensive line.
The 2009 draft proved to be successful thus far, rookie RT Phil Loadholt has the raw physical talent to possibly overtake McKinnie if he can cut down on penalties and blown pass blocks, but for a second round pick, I am very pleased with his effort, especially on the running side of things. I must also give props to the huge shoes second year center John Sullivan is filling with the offseason departure of Matt Birk. While I think his play will only improve, this is why I think the Minnesota Vikings should surround these two future pro bowlers with another young stud to solidify the right side, while giving future relief to our aging line.
I, like many others, do not think any of the three top quarterbacks will fall to us in the twenties, so the less obvious choice is offensive line. McKinnie, Hutch, and the pathetic excuse for RG's and backup RT's are near or going to be over the wrong side of thirty.
Another area of serious concern is the secondary, without Antione Winfield, we've been anything but effective. Karl Paymah and Benny Sapp over rookie Asher Allen dumbfounded me for most of the season, I know he is not the fasted of CB's but I guarantee he's faster than lucky Cedric Griffin on the opposite side. Another gaping hole is Madeiu Williams, it's safe to say his tenure as a Viking will be short lived, as a starter at least. So here goes a whole lot of nothing. My 2010 Vikings mock Rounds 1-3.
Round 1, Pick 28: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho. 6'5", 330 lbs., Sr., 5.25 40 time.
One of three finalists named for the Outland Trophy, Iupati has shown through his senior campaign he has what it takes to be a road grading run blocker in the NFL. Plug him in as an immediate starter next to solid talent, and the sky becomes the limit for this young kid, a future pro bowler for sure as he's ranked the No. 1 G according to scout.com
Vikings 2010 2nd round pick and RB Chester Taylor to Cleveland for 2010 33rd overall pick.
Round 2, pick 33: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas, 6'2", 210 lbs.
I know immediately I will take heat for this, but I strongly believe McCoy has the intangibles (aside from rocket arm) to become a very effective West Coast NFL starting QB, and what can be worse than the reach of the century back in 2006 for Tarvaris Jackson. A four year starter at Texas, big game experience, especially with a solidified BCS championship bid this year, I think McCoy if not thrown to the wolves and learning behind Favre could be a dark horse for QB gem of the 2010 draft. He's able to read defenses decently and has enough in his legs to tuck and run rather than force the bad throw. I know it's a reach, but I like the idea.
Round 3: Robert Johnson, FS, Utah, 6'2", 200 lbs, 4.52 40 time
Like I said, M. Williams is a backup at best. This kid out of Utah has shot-up my draft boards due to his great cover speed and excellent ball skills. Great height, could use a bit of frame building. May have to sit one year, but does possess starting quality talent.
I'm a bit rusty on late round selections, a lot of mocks I've seen have a RB selected in the later rounds. I believe moving Ian Johnson to practice squad was a horrible offseason decision by the Vikes, as he's Chester's replacement.
Hope you enjoy, I welcome all criticism and insight. Like I said, this is my first team mock, be easy.