12 Prospects for the Vikings to Consider On Day 3
With 6 picks in the remaining four rounds of the draft, Minnesota has many options to ponder when the draft begins at 10 A.M. ET on Saturday morning.
Thus far, Minnesota has drafted Chris Cook, a cornerback from Virginia, and Toby Gerhart, a running back from Stanford.
The Vikings will look to address the offensive and defensive line, all linebacker spots, and safety.
I will be listing two prospects for every pick they have from here on out. That will equal to a total of 12.
6 times 2= 12
Math does pay off!
Round four (100): Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Bruce Campbell visited many team's over the last month or so, including the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings are certainly not in big need of an offensive tackle, but Campbell might be too good to pass up on.
Bryant McKinnie's legal troubles could eventually catch up to him down the road.
He's also disliked by many players around the league because of his poor work ethic that he displayed at the Pro Bowl back in January.
Bruce Campbell is an athletic freak that ran a 4.85 at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds.
Campbell was actually considered to go to the Oakland Raiders in the first round with the 8th overall pick, believe it or not.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: I think they will pass. They have a few other needs that they would like to address before Campbell. With that said, if they do take him, I wouldn't be against it by any means.
Round four (100): Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Seriously, can anybody tell me why this guy is still on the board? It's puzzling to me.
Everson Griffen was a projected late first or early-second round pick. After three rounds, Griffen is still somehow available to be taken.
With Ray Edwards contract in question, Minnesota might elect to only hang on to him for one more year before letting him walk.
Everson Griffen is slightly heavier than Edwards at 273 pounds, but that shouldn't factor into the mix at all.
Minnesota hasn't had the greatest past experiences with USC defensive ends (Kenechi Udeze), but Udeze could have been a big deal had it not been for his leukemia suffering.
Brad Childress is a smart drafter that can find value in the later rounds (Tyler Thigpen in '07, John Sullivan in '08, and Jasper Brinkley in '09).
Chances of landing with Minnesota: If the Rams pass on him, I think Minnesota might pull the trigger on Griffen. I see it as 50-50 right now.
Round five (161): Arthur Jones, DL, Syracuse
If the Vikings fail to land Griffen in the fourth round, they will definitely be targeting a defensive lineman with their first of two fifth-round-picks here.
Arthur Jones was once a first-round prospect that has now seen his stock fall all the way to the fifth round. Wow.
At 6-foot-3, 301 pounds, would be a great back-up to either one of the Williams (Kevin and Pat).
He only ran the 40 at the combine this past February. Jones posted a 5.04 in his quickest time.
Arthur is great at rushing the quarterback and can also stop the run. He would make for greap depth on the Vikings' D-line.
Chances of landing with Minnesota: 60-40 in favor of him being the choice here. I see no problem in getting such a talent in the later-rounds.
Round five (161): George Johnson, DE, Rutgers
I absolutely have fallen in love with the play of George Johnson over the past two weeks.
He's basically a Ray Edwards 2.0, like I stated in my latest mock draft for the Vikings.
He's not a great run-defender but can get to the quarterback in a hurry. He ran a 4.78 at 6-foot-5, 268 pounds.
I would be ecstatic to get such a gem in the fifth round. He could be a potential star in the future. That's how high on this kid I am right now.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: I hope it's 100 percent. He's got the skills. Hopefully Childress and the rest of the Vikings organization realize this.
Round five (167): Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas
I recently wrote an article stating the Vikings should give serious consideration to signing former Jets and Steelers guard Alan Faneca.
If they decide not to, Minnesota will need a right guard for the future somewhere in this draft.
Mitch Petrus is still on the board. He's a projected fifth-round-pick by most draft boards that I've seen over the course of the past two hours.
He benched an incredible 45 reps at the combine. That is amazing by anybodies standards. Then again, look at the guys arms.
I certainly don't think he'd start right away, but learning from Steve Hutchinson would be very benefitial to this kid's future.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: Very good. He's a great blocker and is very strong.
Round five (167): Donovan Warren, DB, Michigan
Donovan Warren is another great talent that has suffered a serious fall in his stock due to a poor performance at the combine.
I once had Warren being the 30th overall pick to the Vikings. I'm thankful that I was way wrong about that decision.
Donovan Warren has the ability to play at either free safety or cornerback.
After drafting Chris Cook, I would imagine that the Vikings would try Warren out at free safety to start off training camp.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: Slim. The Vikings will probably be looking for a true free safety instead of somebody that might not be able to convert that well.
Round six (199): Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
I'm personally hoping that the Vikings decide to draft Jevan Snead in either the sixth or seventh round.
Snead is a second-round talent that has dealt with some recent issues that have caused his stock to drop significantly.
Brett Favre was able to mentor Aaron Rodgers into being one of the best quarterback's in the league. Granted, Jevan Snead is not Aaron Rodgers, but Brett Favre is a great teacher.
Snead is slow on his feet, but has a fairly strong and accurate arm. He might not be able to move out of the pocket very well.
Jevan ran slower than several offensive lineman which is not exceptable in the National Football League today.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: It's a bit of a long shot, but Minnesota should take the chance on a solid QB.
Round six (199): A.J. Edds, Outside Linebacker, Iowa
I woudn't be surprised to see A.J. Edds go in the fourth round at all, but at this point in time, he is a bonifide sixth-rounder.
Minnesota already has one former outside linebacker from Iowa in Chad Greenway. Why not add another one to the mix?
Weakside linebacker is a big weakness for the Vikings--- no pun intended.
Ben Leber is aging, and is honestly not the best option for Minnesota any longer. He could be replaced at any time if he doesn't step it up a bit more.
Edds has great size at 6-foot-4, 245 pound. I've seen him play many times. A.J. is a tremendous hitter and overall player.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: Very good. He's what the Vikings need in the late-rounds.
Round seven (214): Mickey Shuler, TE, Penn State
Mickey Shuler is easily one the best blocking tight end's in this year's draft class.
Jimmy Kleinsasses is an aging veteran that won't be around for too much longer. Minnesota should start building up his future successor.
Shuler is not a bad receiver either. He won't be targeted too often, but he will play a big part in the Vikings' blocking game.
Richard Quinn, a Denver Bronco, was a second-round-pick primarily because his blocking is so good.
This just goes to show how important blocking tight ends who can catch are.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: 50-50. The Vikings might feel there are better options out there in the early seventh.
Round seven (214): Cody Grimm, SS, Virginia Tech
The Vikings will continue to look towards addressing their lacklusted secondary. This is something they should have been doing for a long time now.
Cody Grimm is not a well-known name, but he is one the best strong safeties in the draft, actually.
Despite his small frame, Grimm is one of the best tacklers out there. He's very physical once he has the opponent in his hands.
He's not good in pass coverage, but with this pick Minnesota is not looking to help out the pass.
To make a long story short, the Vikings want to help out their special teams and increase depth. Cody Grimm is a great candidate to do that.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: Another 50-50 type of guy. Personally, I think he's great value here. The Vikings often go safety in either round 6 or 7.
Round seven (237): Kevin Matthews, C, Texas A&M
The Vikings would look toward Kevin Matthews strictly to help out for depth at center. Jon Cooper is a decent back-up, but there is a good chance that Matthews would be able to beat him out for that spot.
Matthews has good size at 6-foot-4, 298 pounds. However, he is one of the slowest center's in the draft class.
Whether or not this will be a determining factor, I do not know at this point.
Kevin is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. Perhaps he will have the same type of success as his father.
But then again, that is a very long shot right now.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: Slim to none. He could easily go un-drafted. If so, the Vikings would love to sign him as a free-agent.
Round seven (237): Danny Batten, ILB, South Dakota State
Call it a homer pick since I'm from South Dakota, but I think Danny Batten would be a huge steal in the late-seventh round.
Batten has the ability to play at either defensive end, outside linebacker, or inside linebacker.
Minnesota would be able to find a great spot for the 6-foot-3, 246 athlete that is a tremendous run-stopper.
Since the Vikings love to stop the run, Batten is a great choice for them. He would fit in perfectly into the system.
Chance of landing with Minnesota: The Vikings love nearby players. They already have two linebacker from South Dakota in Chad Greenway and Ben Leber. It would only make sense for the Vikes to add another one to the line-backing group.