The draft is just a couple of days away and fans across the nation are gearing up for one of the most anticipated drafts ever.
Every year they claim that the talent is the best in years. However, I think that actually holds true this year.
With a potential lockout in 2011, student-athletes are leaving college more rapidly than ever. That is the reason the talent pool is so deep.
It seems Brad Childress has spent more time watching Tim Tebow than any other quarterback in the draft.
The needs are huge for the Vikings. In most mock drafts, the Vikings should be selecting a quarterback, offensive lineman, and a member of the secondary with their first three picks.
This mock is no exception.
Keep in mind this isn't what I would like the Vikings to draft, but what I think they may draft.
Round One (30 overall): QB Tim Tebow (Florida)
The Tim Tebow to Minnesota match could soon be a reality.
It doesn't seem like there's any team that's willing to stretch to select Tebow. He is considered a second round prospect, but the Vikings have the 30th overall selection. That's about as close to the second round as you can get.
The guy had the most decorated college career ever and posted ridiculous numbers across the board. His "ugly delivery" is what has ultimately held him back from being a sure-fire first round selection.
People claim that Tebow is a project that will take at least three years to develop. I'm one of the few that doesn't buy it. The kid has one of the best work ethics ever seen on the field and will do everything in his power to ensure he's a full-time starter within a year.
Round Two (??? overall): CB Chris Cook (Virginia)
You might ask, "Why is there a '??? overall' instead of '62 overall'?" Well, I'm guessing that the Vikings are going to have to trade up to select Cook and will do whatever it takes to do so. It may take a fourth-round pick this season and a second-round or third-round pick next season to do so.
There is a decent number of good cornerbacks in the first two rounds and Cook is one that the Vikings have been targeting for a while now. The problem is, Cook's stock is rising and more and more teams are gaining interest.
Cook had a great career in Virginia and showed that a 6'2" 212 pound cornerback can make it. The kid is a monster with solid tackling skills and great coverage abilities, both of which is something the Vikings need in their secondary.
With Antoine Winfield getting up there in age and Cedric Griffen injured with a torn ACL, this is a great pick. It's possible that Winfield and Griffen could start the season together healthy, but it's not likely. If it does happen, Cook could play safety where he played sparingly in college.
Round Three (93 overall): G Mike Johnson (Alabama)
The First-Team All-American is a great selection in round three.
In my first draft, I had John Jerry here, but I can't see him lasting this long and the Vikings won't draft up twice so soon.
That's fine because Johnson is a great run-blocker who would improve the Vikings' horrid offensive line from a season ago. Anthony Herrera will be sitting on the bench with the arrival of Johnson and rightfully so.
Round Four (128 overall): OLB A.J. Edds (Iowa)
The guy is one of the more underrated linebackers in this year's draft. I don't know if he'll fall here, but it's always a possibility.
Edds had a great college career and the term "thumper" describes Edds well. He went for the big hit more often than trying to wrap up the ball carrier. That's okay, but he'll need to show patience in coverage if he wants to take Leber's spot in 2011.
Round Five A (161 overall): FS Robert Johnson (Utah)
Johnson is not a flashy player nor is he an elite safety, but the Vikings need safety depth because there isn't much there. He recorded some great stats last season, but was somewhat inconsistent.
We all know that Madieu Williams is terrible in coverage. Johnson could take his spot eventually, but it's unlikely. This is essentially a wasted pick for the Vikings as safety is a huge need, but it won't be filled in time to make an impact.
Round Five B (167 overall; compensation pick): C Eric Olson (Notre Dame)
Olson was the key member on a poor offensive line. Olson was the lone bright spot and helped future first-round selection Jimmy Clausen put up some pretty good numbers last season.
John Sullivan needs to be pushed. He, along with right guard Anthony Herrera, played poorly all season long. The Vikings are high on Sullivan and it's not likely he'll be booted from his starting position in 2010. I think the Vikings send a message to Sullivan though and show him that if he falters, someone will take his spot.
Round Six (199 overall): DE Alex Daniels (Cincinnati)
The Vikings' only decent bench player at the defensive end position is Brian Robison. This should help some.
While it's unlikely Daniels will see any playing time, it's always nice to know that if Jared Allen or Ray Edwards go down to injury, there will be a solid backup to backup Robison and Edwards.
Round Seven (237 overall): RB Andre Anderson (Tulane)
Yup, the Vikings wait until the seventh round to pick a running back. Why? Well, they don't need one that desperately.
With the Vikings moving shifty runner Darius Reynaud to running back, the need drops considerably. There's also Albert Young who played well in limited duty in 2009.
Many people will argue that running back is a high priority. I don't know if the front office thinks so. They feel Peterson can handle a bigger load and that Reynaud could be a great third-down back with his experience as a wide receiver.
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