Minnesota Vikings Seven-Round Mock Draft, Updated April. 16

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IApril 16, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels scores a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 27, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

We are just over a week away from the 2009 NFL Draft. Time to get excited.

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

Enjoy the picks!

Round one: Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver, North Carolina

Despite the fact that some think the Vikings don't need a receiver, I have the feeling they will take one in the first round.

If they didn't need a receiver, Minnesota wouldn't have made a strong push to get T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Unfortunately, this attempt failed.

Hakeem Nicks is too good to pass up on at this point. We've had some failures at wide receiver so far, but you can't keep avoiding the situation forever.

Round two: D.J. Moore, Cornerback, Vanderbilt

D.J. Moore is a great player who could easily be taken in the first round, but my gut tells me he slips down the draft boards.

Minnesota's need at cornerback went down after they signed former Denver Bronco Karl Paymah. Will he see the field very often, though?

The Vikings can't afford to pass on somebody as talented as D.J. Moore. He's under-sized like most of the cornerbacks on the Vikings roster, but he makes up for it with toughness.

Round three: Sebastian Vollmer, Offensive Tackle, Houston

Have you ever heard of Sebastian Vollmer? If you answered no, this is who he is.

Sebastian Vollmer isย a 6-foot-8, 310 pound phenom from the University of Houston. He ran the forty time in 5.12 seconds. His lowest time was timed in at 5.04 seconds.

He is not recognized as a great prospect because he wasn't a good offensive tackle for his entire college career. Sebastian peaked at the right time, in his senior year.

Round four selection was traded to the Houston Texans for quarterback Sage Rosenfels

Round five: Jonathan Luigs, Center, Arkansas

No change since the last time. Jonathan Luigs just seems like the perfect pick here.

The Vikings have confidence that John Sullivan can start at center, but where is the reliability if he doesn't work out?

Minnesota must draft a center at some point. Perhaps it's not the position that is needed the most, but we need depth desperately.

Luigs is a 6-foot-4, 305 pound dominant blocker.

Round six selection was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Kelly Holcomb

Round seven, A): DeAndre Levy, Outside Linebacker, Wisconsin

DeAndre Levy didn't receive a lot of publicity over Jonathan Casillas, the Badgers other linebacker.

Levy is a 6-foot-3, 220 pound stud from Wisconsin. He ran the forty in 4.42 seconds. That is an amazing time for a linebacker.

Minnesota's depth at linebacker is pathetic. Levy could potentially take over for Ben Leber when he's no longer on the team.

Round seven, B): Stephen Hodge, Safety, TCU

This pick may not make sense to some people because Minnesota already has Tyrell Johnson. The reason to draft Stephen Hodge is strictly for depth purposes.

Stephen Hodge isn't recognized as one of the better safeties in the draft, because, well, he isn't.

Stephen has tremendous up-side though. He has Roy Williams like characteristics. They are practically the same kind of player.