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Minnesota Vikings Seven Round Mock Draft, Updated 3/26

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMarch 26, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 06:  Jeremy Maclin #9 of the Missouri Tigers runs for a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners at Arrowhead Stadium on December 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Once again, it's time to update the Minnesota Vikings' seven round mock draft.

My last post was four days ago. Another first round change has been made.

Feel free to make any comments or ask any questions!


Round One: Jeremy Maclin, Wide Receiver, Missouri

It seems a little crazy that somebody as talented as Jeremy Maclin could fall this far. When you think of it, no wide receivers were taken in the first round in last year's draft. This year there will likely be at least three first round wide receivers taken.

The Chicago Bears need a wide receiver desperately. Coach Lovie Smith has stated that the Bears have faith in Earl Bennett and Devin Hester as starters. That is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard.

To me, it's not that far-fetched that Maclin could fall to the Vikings at pick No. 22. He is an extremely talented receiver with good returning ability.

Round Two: Phil Loadholt, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

This pick has stayed the same as before. Minnesota's right tackle position is pathetic. Ryan Cook can't block for his life. They even tried out Artis Hicks who is normally a guard.

They have tried to fix this position for several years. The Vikings haven't been able to find that true No. 1 starter at right tackle.

Phil Loadholt is a 6'8" specimen who will be able to start for Minnesota for years to come.

Round Three: Kevin Barnes, Cornerback, Maryland

The Vikings need depth in the secondary. Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin both recently received contract extensions. Winfield is 31 years old though and nearing the end of his career.

They signed former Denver Bronco Karl Paymah a week ago. He has the potential to be an impact player on the defense. He was nothing more than a nickelback and depth player for Denver.

The Vikings need a taller cornerback. Winfield is 5'9", Griffin is 5'11", and Paymah is also only 5'11". Barnes is 6'1" and very physical.

Round Four: Traded to the Houston Texans for Quarterback Sage Rosenfels

Round Five: Jonathan Casillas, Outside Linebacker, Wisconsin

I had a defensive tackle going here for quite awhile. I changed my mind, when I realized that Letroy Guion could be the replacement for "Fat" Pat Williams.

The next best option to go with is a talented outside linebacker. Minnesota lacks depth in the front seven. They re-signed Heath Farwell, but he is mainly a special teams force.

The Vikings are all about drafting players who are close to Minnesota. Jonathan Casillas played at Wisconsin. He had 251 tackles, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions in his four-year career at Wisconsin.

Round Six: Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for Quarterback Kelly Holcomb

Round Seven a: Brett Helms, Center, LSU

As many of you know, Matt Birk signed with the Baltimore Ravens over the Vikings. He will be missed in Minnesota deeply. Birk played his entire career with the Vikings.

With that said, Minnesota must get depth at center. My gut tells me that John Sullivan will be the starter next year. He has tremendous potential to be a great player.

Helms is undersized at 6'2", 278 pounds. He will likely have to pack on some pounds, if he wants to block some of the biggest defensive lineman in the game today.

Round Seven b: Travis McCall, Fullback, Alabama

No real surprise here. I've had a fullback going to the Vikings in the seventh round for months now.

Minnesota missed out on signing Leonard Weaver who went to the Philadelphia Eagles. Naufahu Tahi signed a contract sheet with the Bengals. Minnesota likely won't match the $1.04 million deal he was offered.

Travis McCall is 276 pounds of pure blocking force. The Vikings have a much easier time running the ball when they have a big and physical fullback blocking for them.

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