Daily Leisure Vikings' 2012 Seven Round Vikings Mock Draft 1.0 is hear! I know this mock draft is a little later than other Vikings blogs but there's a reason behind that. I have spent a lot of time researching each player in each round to find the best fit for Minnesota. You'll probably disagree with some of my choices, but that's what comments are for. If you don't like my choices, say so in the comments and I'll explain my reasoning behind every draft choice. This mock draft is foolproof!
Round 1, Pick 3, 3rd overall: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
MattKalil is a no-brainer. He’ll help Christian Ponder grow as a quarterbackwithout the fear of getting hammered. Charlie Johnson could then move insideand there would be two positions filled with just one pick.
Round 2, pick 3, 35th overall: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Jefferyis the next Sidney Rice. He’s one of the best WR in this draft and the Vikingsreally need help in that position. He’s the one we need.
Round 3, pick 3, 66th overall:Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
JoshRobinson is regarded as one of the best corner backs in his class. A reliabletackler in run support. Plus we need more help in the cornerback position.
Round 4, pick 3, 98th overall:Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina
Safetyis another position that needs work. Mistral Raymond has potential but stillhas improving while Jamarca Sanford is more of a backup.
Round 4, pick 33 (compensatory pick),128th overall: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
Weneed a good backup running back since Toby Gerhart and Adrian Peterson bothsuffered knee injuries late last season. Gray led the Aggies with 1,045 yardsand 12 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes with another threetouchdowns.
Round 4, pick 39 (compensatory pick),134th overall: Jarius Wright, WR,Arkansas
Thispick will give the Vikings two young WR and what could be better than that?He’s definitely the best player available at this point in the draft but theVikings might need other positions they need to address.
Round 5, pick 3, 138th overall: Audie Cole, LB, N.C State
Thisposition needs depth and Cole can provide exactly what we need. He’s one of thebest in terms of linebackers.
Round 6, pick 5 (From Cleveland), 175thoverall: Lance Lewis, WR, ECU
Lewiscan add as a good backup
Round 7, pick 3, 210th overall:Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State
Stuparhad 80 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions andthree passes defended this year. He could be a strong special teams player.
Round 7, pick 16 (from New England),223rd overall: Antwuan Reed, CB,Pittsburgh
AmazingSpeed. He’ll add great down field protection. Not the best handy work with theball, but the best I think we can do for round seven.