Round 1 NFL Mock Draft + Vikings picks

  1. Carolina (2-14) – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (AS)
  2. Denver (4-12) – Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama (DP)
  3. Buffalo (4-12) – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (AS)
  4. Cincinnati (4-12) – AJ Green, WR, Georgia (DP)
  5. Arizona (5-11) – Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (AS)
  6. Cleveland (5-11) – Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (DP)
  7. San Francisco (6-10) – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (AS)
  8. Tennessee (6-10) – Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (DP)
  9. Dallas (6-10) – Prince Amukamura, CB, Nebraska (AS)
  10. Washington (6-10) – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (DP)
  11. Houston (6-10) – Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri (AS)
  12. Minnesota (6-10) – DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson (DP) – I think Bowers is too good to pass up here. Think the Vikings will look hard at Tyron Smith and Ryan Kerrigan but the upside of Bowers will prevail in the end. Of course, this can obviously change based on the medical report the Vikings have compiled on Bowers. If they think his knee is bad enough, they’d take him off their board completely. No one really knows, but I’ll give Bowers the benefit of the doubt for now.
  13. Detroit (6-10) – Tyron Smith, OT, USC (AS)
  14. St. Louis (7-9) – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (DP)
  15. Miami (7-9) – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (DP)
  16. Jacksonville (8-8) – JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin (CM)
  17. New England – from Oakland (8-8) – Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal (AS)
  18. San Diego (9-7) – Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (CM)
  19. New York Giants (10-6) – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (AS)
  20. Tampa Bay (10-6) – Adrian Clayborn, DL, Iowa (CM)
  21. Kansas City (10-6) – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin (AS)
  22. Indianapolis (10-6) – Mike Pouncey, OL, Florida (CM)
  23. Philadelphia (10-6) – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (AS)
  24. New Orleans* (11-5) – Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina (CM)
  25. Seattle (7-9) – Jake Locker, QB, Washington (AS)
  26. Baltimore* (12-4) – Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland (CM)
  27. Atlanta (13-3) – Justin Houston, DE, Georgia (AS)
  28. New England* (14-2) – Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA (CM)
  29. Chicago (11-5) – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (AS)
  30. New York Jets* (11-5) – Phil Taylor, DL, Baylor (CM)
  31. Pittsburgh* (12-4) – Aaron Williams, DB, Texas (AS)
  32. Green Bay* (10-6) – Danny Watkins, OL, Baylor (CM)

CM = caseymaikkula AS = ascherber DP = dpearson45

43. Minnesota (6-10) – Rahim Moore, S, UCLA – Have you seen Madieu Williams play football? Great guy in the community, terrible football player. If Mallett falls, he would be the pick. I find that to be very unlikely though. Vikings are in a tough spot as they aren’t really in position to take a quarterback value-wise unless they plan on moving up to early in round 2. (DP)

105. Minnesota (6-10) – DJ Williams, TE, Arkansas – This pick makes a lot of sense for a couple reasons. The first and most primary reason is that the Vikings like to run a lot of two tight-end sets and having Jim Kleinsasser on the field, while effective as a blocker, is simply hurting the versatility of the offense. He is a one trick pony. The second reason is because DJ Williams is a good football player. He has some durability concerns but he is a well rounded tight end who can get some separation. The third reason is because Visanthe Shiancoe isn’t getting any younger and didn’t exactly have the greatest season last year. Part of that is the ineffective quarterback play, but this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league. He’s also due for a new contract soon. Williams is a good, safe pick that could eventually take over for Shank if the Vikings choose not to re-sign him. (DP)

Players to consider for later in the draft (DP)

QB Greg McElroy, Alabama
QB Nathan Enderle, Idaho
QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
WR DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
WR Austin Pettis, Boise State
WR Darvin Adams, Auburn
TE Weslye Saunders, South Carolina
OT Demarcus Love, Arkansas
OT Jah Reid, Central Florida
OG David Arkin, Missouri State
OG Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU
OC Kris O’Dowd, USC
DE Greg Romeus, Pitt
DE Markus White, Florida State
DE Eddie Jones, Texas
DT Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
DT Christopher Neild, West Virginia
LB Colin McCarthy, Miami (FL)
LB Brian Rolle, Ohio State
LB Alex Wujciak, Maryland
CB Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
CB Rashad Carmichael, Virgina Tech
S Tyler Sash, Iowa
S Byron Landor, Baylor
K Alex Henery, Nebraska

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3 Responses to Round 1 NFL Mock Draft + Vikings picks

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  2. ascherber says:

    The more I read and listen to what people are saying, the more I think Locker, Ponder and maybe Mallett and Dalton sneak into that first round. With no free agency, I think teams without QBs don’t want to get left behind, especially if the lockout goes until July or August.

    I think the Vikings reach on Locker or trade down for Ponder.

  3. ascherber says:

    Here’s my updated first round:

    1. Carolina – Cam Newton, QB Auburn
    2. Denver – Von Miller, LB Texas A&M
    3. Buffalo – Marcell Dareus, DT/DE Alabama
    4. Cincinatti – A.J. Green, WR Georgia
    5. Arizona – Patrick Peterson, CB LSU
    6. Cleveland – Julio Jones, WR Alabama
    7. San Francisco – Prince Amukamura, CB Nebraska
    8. Tennessee – Blaine Gabbert, QB Missouri
    9. Dallas – Tyron Smith, OT USC
    10. Washington – Robert Quinn, DE/OLB UNC
    11. Houston – J.J. Watt, DE Wisconsin
    12. Minnesota – Jake Locker, QB UW
    13. Detroit – Cameron Jordan, DE Cal
    14. St. Louis – Nick Fairley, DT Auburn
    15. Miami – Aldon Smith, DE Missouri
    16. Jacksonville – Ryan Kerrigan, DE Purdue
    17. New England – Cameron Heyward, DE Ohio State
    18. San Diego – Da’Quan Bowers, DE Clemson
    19. New York Giants – Anthony Costanzo, OT Boston College
    20. Tampa Bay – Adrian Clayborn, DE Iowa
    21. Kansas City – Brooks Reed, OLB Arizona
    22. Indianapolis – Nate Solder, OT Colorado
    23. Philadelphia – Jimmy Smith, CB Colorado
    24. New Orleans – Corey Liuget, DT Illinois
    25. Seattle – Christian Ponder, QB Florida State
    26. Baltimore – Derek Sherrod, OT Mississippi State
    27. Atlanta – Marcus Pouncey, OG Florida
    28. New England – Torrey Smith, WR Maryland
    29. Chicago – Gabe Carimi, OT Wisconsin
    30. New York Jets – Phil Taylor, NT Baylor
    31. Pittsburgh – Aaron Williams DB Texas
    32. Green Bay – Muhammad Wilkerson, DT/DE Temple

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