Round 1, Pick 3, 3rd overall: Matt Kalil, OT, USC - This is pretty much a given. It's not often a franchise OT like Kalil comes around and obviously Charlie Johnson is not as good as protecting the blind side as hoped when he was signed. And with this pick, Johnson could move to left guard where it is said he will be more comfortable. If the Vikings plan on keeping Ponder as their future QB, then they need to develop an OL that will protect him!
Pick - NONE!!! The Vikings would be stupid not to make this pick and it's unlikely that a trade will present itself for this pick at this point.**
Round 2, pick 3, 35th overall:
Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina - If Stephen Hill
drops to this spot, that would be a dream come true!! But Jeffery still
could be a legitimate #1 receiver for the Vikings but due to less
production in 2011 than 2010 and being ejected from his last game after
getting in a fight with Alfonzo Dennard, Jeffery is projected to drop
far in the the 2nd Round beyond the 35th pick of the Vikings. Also, he
did not participate in the combine this year. At the South Caroline Pro
Day, Jeffery ran 40's in the high 4.40's to low 4.50's. He also dropped
weight from 235 during the 2011 season to 215 at the Pro Day. If he's
drafted, it would be important for the Vikings to place a weight clause
in his contract.
**Alternate Pick - Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska**
Round 3, pick 3, 66th overall:
Brandon Boykin, CB/KR/PR, Georgia - 2011 was a good season for
Boykin who had 55 tackles, 11 tackles
for a loss, 9 passes broken up, 3 interceptions and 2 forced
Boykin averaged 22 yards per kick return and 13 yards per punt return.
This could help reduce the work load of Harvin, allowing him to focus on
his role as our current #1 receiver.
**Alternate Pick - Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa**
Round 4, pick 3, 98th overall: George
Iloka, S, Boise State - Iloka was a big part of the secondary at Boise
State, preventing the deep play. This could present a problem in the NFL
as he struggles mirroring players and will likely not be able to line
up as deep as he did with Boise but still a solid upgrade for the S
position of the Vikings and keep Mistral Raymond in the FS position.
**Alternate Pick - Nick Jean-Baptist, DT/NT, Baylor**
Round 4, pick 33 (compensatory pick), 128th overall: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois - This would be a great opportunity for the
Vikings to continue to add depth to the WR position despite signing
Devin Aromashodu this last week. He caught 90 passes for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns in his 2011 season. Jenkins would be fast off the ball, with a 4.39 40 time, and
potential to get released, but struggles when he's hit on the take off.
His production at Illinois could help develop our young QB with another
younger receiver and would be a solid #2 outside receiver.
**Alternate Pick - Levy Adcock, OT/G, Oklahoma State**
Round 4, pick 39 (compensatory pick), 134th overall: James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada - ILB is a strong need for the
Vikings. He had 100 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1
interception and 1 forced fumble in 2011. Johnson is a strong tackler,
that is able to fill the gap, shed blocks quickly and make plays on the
ball. He is able to identify pass/run quickly. He does struggle in man
coverage, but would fit nicely into the Vikings zone defense.
**Alternate Pick - Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State**
Round 5, pick 3, 138th overall: Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa. DT is turning into a position in need of
depth with releasing Remi Ayodele. Daniels is fast off the ball, with a 4.83 40 time, and is able to get in between
blockers. Daniels recorded 67 tackles with nine sacks, and 10.5 tackles for a loss in his 2011 season. However, his size can also result in him getting engulfed by
big blockers and struggles with double teams. He could fit into a rotation package or serve as a back up.
**Alternate Pick - Janzen Jenkins, FS, McNeese State**
Round 6, pick 5 (From Cleveland), 175th overall: Miles Burris, OLB, San Diego State: Burris had 78 tackles including 19.5 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks and one pass broken up during his Senior year.
Burris is able to cover in zone and in man but his speed can be exposed
in space. Burris is able to get in the box and plug gaps as well. He is a
development prospect that would serve well as a back up on the roster
and package player.
**Alternate Pick - Derel Moye, WR, Penn State**
Round 7, pick 3, 210th overall: Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State - Stupar had 80 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two
interceptions and three passes defended this year. He proved to be an asset to the Penn State Defense. However,
Stupar is undersized as a LB and can struggle with shedding blocks due
to his size. But he possesses the talent to be a back up on the roster
and a strong special teams player.
**Alternate Pick - Desmond Wynn, G, Rutgers**
Round 7, pick 16 (from New England), 223rd overall:
Antwuan Reed, CB, Pittsburgh - Good down field protection but could
easily get beat on quick passes due to his quick turning to run with the
receiver. Poor ball skills to make plays despite quick reaction on
routes. His speed will add benefits to special teams.
**Alternate Pick - Brandon Lindsey, DE, Pittsburgh**
The Vikings lost Round 6, Pick 3 to Washington for the horrible Donovan McNabb trade