2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds for the Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of needs to address in the 2011 NFL Draft. This mock draft will, hopefully, give Vikings fans a look at the possible rookies they will field in the 2011 season (if there is a 2011 season).
The Vikings started 2010 as Super Bowl favorites, a top NFC team. Several breakdowns later, the Vikings were last place in the NFC North, even behind the lowly Detroit Lions. They went 6-10 and watched rival Green Bay do something they failed to do the season before, win the Super Bowl.
Without further wait, here is the Vikings' 2011 mock draft.
First Round: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
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Smith should very well be targeted by Minnesota right here. There is no question that the right side of their offensive line needs a little help, and Smith is the man to do it.
He had a great combine up until doctors found some fluid developing in his knee. Smith didn't have problems in college with injuries so this seems just like a very small issue.
He has great size at 6'5" and 280 pounds, and would be a great pick here. Not only does he have a great size, but he is immensely athletic and has amazing strength.
Help on the offensive line is coming in the form of Tyron Smith.
Bench Reps: 29
Second Round: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
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Ok, his senior season wasn't exactly what everyone expected from Locker, but he dealt with injury concerns and posted exceptional numbers for four years on a sub-par Washington team.
Not only is durability a concern, but he could opt to play baseball instead. Locker has come out and said he loves football and it seems like there is no way he'll choose baseball, but with the impending lockout, his contract with the Los Angeles Angels in the MLB and his durability issues, he will drop.
Locker will be an excellent player if he can stay healthy and could be the savior at the quarterback position for the Vikings.
He has pro-style offense experience and he can move around if need be. Not to mention he was a great leader at Washington and has an outstanding work ethic.
Bench Reps: N/A
Vertical: 35 inches
Fourth Round: Sam Acho, DE, Texas
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Acho is a third or fourth rounder in my book, and the Vikings would be picking up a great defensive end in the process.
Throughout his career, he racked up 20 sacks, getting nine last season.
Acho was a two-year starter for the Longhorns and was named All-Big 12 in 2010. Acho has pretty good size measuring in at 6'3" and 260 pounds, and has great instincts out on the field.
In his two years starting, he played against top competition and played through pain. Acho didn't get much time to show his skill playing in the shadow of Brian Orakpo and Sergio Kindle since he walked on to the Austin campus.
Acho has a great career ahead of him and definitely has Pro Bowl caliber potential.
Bench Reps: 23
Vertical: 33 1/2 inches
Fifth Round: Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College
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Herzlich will drop mainly because of the concerns of his cancer returning, but Herzlich is a phenomenal pick.
He has a big frame at 6'4", 238 pounds with long arms and huge hands. He's super athletic, and has great speed, and could definitely give the Vikings linebacker corp some depth.
With the possibility of losing Ben Leber this offseason, Herzlich would definitely fill in well in the Vikings front seven.
He excels in both the pass rushing and coverage aspects on defense. Herzlich was a great leader at Boston College and plays with the tenacity you would want from your linebacker.
Definitely a good pick for the Vikings.
Bench Reps: 29
Vertical: 32 1/2 inches
Fifth Round: Korey Lindsey-Woods, CB, Southern Illinois
Lindsey-Woods is a great under-the-radar pick for the Vikings. He gives the Vikings an added cornerback that could start over the likes of Frank Walker and Lito Sheppard.
Lindsey could definitely fall deep into the fifth round; as he is either a late fourth to fifth-round pick.
He's pretty athletic, and is a solid coverage cornerback. Lindsey would just need a little work, but has tremendous upside, and with the Vikings, could definitely have the time to develop into a solid starting cornerback in a couple of years.
Bench Reps: N/A
Sixth Round: Stephen Schilling, G, Michigan
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Schilling is a late-round pick, and the Vikings picking him up would give them depth, while helping strengthen the right side of their line.
Schilling was a solid guard, just a state over at Michigan, and has proven himself to be a good pick.
He would be a pretty good pick; as he excels in pass blocking and could help protect whatever quarterback the Vikings throw in the pocket in 2011.
Schilling can move around the offensive line, but needs to add a little more bulk to help turn him into a solid starter for years to come.
Bench Reps: 30
Vertical: 25 1/2 inches
Seventh Round: Ryan Bartholomew, C, Syracuse
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Bartholomew could be picked here or maybe a late-round wide receiver to take a chance on.
Bartholomew is here because he could add some more youth to the line for the Vikings.
Like the other lineman drafted before him, it adds some depth. Bryant McKinnie and Steve Hutchinson aren't getting any younger.
Bartholomew is very raw and isn't exactly the tallest lineman anyone's seen, but he could produce in the future.
It's the seventh-round pick, they could go really anywhere with this one.
Bench Reps: 34
Vertical: 26 1/2 inches