2012 Vikings draft guide

The picks, stories from all-star games, video interviews, mock drafts and much more predraft research and information.

ROUND 1 (No. 4 overall): OT Matt Kalil, USC
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Predraft analysis
Combine video interview
Matt Kalil profile
Quick hits from chat
Vikings reaction: Two goals
Kalil's reaction: Air of confidence
Vikings aim for leadership
Trades the theme of Vikings' opening day
Talent, legacy run deep
Photo gallery: Kalil through the years
Photo gallery II

Fan Reaction/Interaction
ROUND 1 (No. 29 overall, from Baltimore for Nos. 35, 98):
S Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
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Combine video interview
Harrison Smith profile
Vikings reaction: Slim safety depth
Smith's reaction: Familiarity helped
Frazier  excited for flexibility
Quick hits from chat

Safety gaining respect in draft
Photo gallery
Fan Reaction/Interaction
ROUND 3 (No. 66 overall):
CB Josh Robinson, Central Florida
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Predraft analysis

Josh Robinson profile
Vikings reaction: Big athleticism
Robinson's reaction:
Combine confidence

Robinson the sleeper CB of draft
Quick hits from chat
Fan Reaction/Interaction

ROUND 4 (No. 118 overall):
WR Jarius Wright, Arkansas
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Predraft analysis
Jarius Wright profile

Wright's reaction: Sees Harvin comparisons
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Quick hits from chat
Fan Reaction/Interaction

ROUND 4 (No. 128 overall)*:
TE Rhett Ellison, USC
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Predraft analysis
Ellison's reaction: Brought to tears
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Quick hits from chat
Fan Reaction/Interaction
ROUND 4 (No. 134 overall)*:
WR Greg Childs, Arkansas
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Predraft analysis
Greg Childs profile
Childs' reaction: Ready to accelerate
Photo gallery
Quick hits from chat
Fan Reaction/Interaction
ROUND 5 (No. 138 overall):
Traded to the Lions for 2013 fourth-rounder
ROUND 5 (No. 139 overall):
CB Robert Blanton, Notre Dame
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Robert Blanton profile
Blanton's reaction: Versatile, confident
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Quick hits from chat
Fan Reaction/Interaction
ROUND 6 (No. 175 overall):
K Blair Walsh, Georgia
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Blair Walsh profile
Walsh's reaction: Tough task ahead
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Quick hits from chat
Fan Reaction/Interaction
ROUND 7 (No. 210 overall):
LB Audie Cole, NC State
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Predraft analysis
Cole's reaction: Varying evaluations
Audie Cole profile
Quick hits from chat
Fan Reaction/Interaction
ROUND 7 (No. 211 overall):
Traded to Tennessee for 2013 sixth-rounder
ROUND 7 (No. 219 overall, from Lions):
DE Trevor Guyton, Cal
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Predraft analysis
Trevor Guyton profile
Guyton's reaction: Patience needed
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Quick hits from chat
Fan Reaction/Interaction
ROUND 7 (No. 223 overall):
Traded to Lions
*Compensatory picks (cannot be traded)


Round 1: Thurs., April 26, 7 p.m. CT
Rounds 2-3: Fri., April 27,  6 p.m. CT
Rounds 4-7: Sat., April 28, 11 a.m. CT
TV Coverage: NFL Network and ESPN
Radio City Music Hall, New York

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ROUND 1 (3rd overall): Original pick
ROUND 2 (35):
Original pick
ROUND 3 (66):
Original pick
ROUND 4 (98):
Original pick
ROUND 4 (128):
Compensatory pick
ROUND 4 (134):
Compensatory pick
ROUND 5 (138):
Original pick
ROUND 6 (173):
Lost pick to Washington in Donovan McNabb trade
ROUND 6 (175): Gained pick from Cleveland in Jayme Mitchell trade
ROUND 7 (210):
Original pick
ROUND 7 (223):
Gained pick from New England in Randy Moss trade

Trade talk heating up at No. 3 | Who makes the draft calls?
Vikings looking for trade interest | Mayock thinks it's Kalil for Vikings
Draft chat transcript | Talent, legacy run deep for Kalil
Purple prediction: Top 3 rounds | Trade would be risky
Worst of last 25 Vikings drafts | Best of last 25 Vikings drafts
Green room to provide entertainment | Spielman has penchant for early offense

Tannehill trending in trade speculation | Draft party goes to MOA Field
Draft deep with Vikings' needs | Lookback: 2007's draft gems, busts
All in the Family: LBs, DBs | Apparent disability doesn't elminate CB
All in the Family: Linemen | Vikings tracking CB with scheme in mind
Second-round WRs to watch | Buyer beware: Offensive prospects

All in the Family: Skill players | Vikings remain committed to draft first
Character concerns for CBs | Receivers and red flags not uncommon
No. 3 a proven spot since 2000 | No. 3 pick the new intrigue of the draft
Vikings award two fourth-round picks | Vikings watched Claiborne improve
Kirkpatrick among Vikings visits | Vikings keeping options open at No. 3

Vikings send 4 to see Blackmon | Rams trading No. 2 pick
USC, Bama pro days have drama | Spielman to see top talent

Playmaker or protector? | Vikings weight risks, rewards of trading
Mayock finds fault in Kalil | Rams ready to trade No. 2 pick
Receivers state their case | Combine consensus: Tight end class is weak
Video: Vikings at No. 3 and beyond | Receivers faced the combine gauntlet
Billick calls 2011 QBs reaches | Video: Breaking down Friday at the combine
Video: Day 1 combine recap | Spielman talks trade possibilities
Weeden touts Blackmon's high value | Could tradedown still provide LT
Vikings settle into new scouting structure | Mayock sees action around Vikes pick

Recruiting to draft: Do stars matter? | Childress hiring could benefit Vikings' draft
RGIII holds the key | Coaches using Senior Bowl as test run
Frazier putting rookies through paces | Ponder process started at Senior Bowl
Record number of underclassmen in draft | Purple past, future clashed Sunday
The Senior Bowl advantage | Vikings expect 10 picks

Grades: QB | WR | TE | RB | G | OT | Rush DE | DT | ILB | OLB | CB | S
Comparison Charts: QB | WR | TE | DE | ILB | CB
Analysis: QB | WR | TE | RB | OT | G | C | DE | Rush DE | ILB | OLB | CB | SS | FS
Best, Overrated, Underrated & Sleepers: QB | WR | TE | RB | OT | G | C |
DE | Rush DE | DT | ILB | OLB | CB | SS | FS

Chats: April 9 | April 17 | April 25



QB | WR | RB | TE | OT | OG | C | DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S |

Vikings Looking at Salary-Cap Decisions | Mayock Recaps Combine
Vikings GM, Winfield Agree on Nickel Role | OT Doesn't Have to Come at No. 3
Spielman Talks Draft Trade Possibilities | Vikings Combine Video Recap


Andrew Luck | Robert Griffin III | Brandon Weeden
Matt Kalil | Morris Claiborne | Jonathan Martin
Kirk Cousins | Trent Richardson
Devon Still | DeVier Posey | Marvin McNutt 
Mark Barron | Michael Floyd
Da'John Harris | Luke Kuechly
Christian Tupou | Stephen Hill
Kendall Wright | Jarius Wright
Mike Adams Takes Podium | Mohamed Sanu
Alfonzo Dennard | Bernard Pierce | Devon Still
Alemeda Ta'amu | Antonio Fenelus
Dwayne Allen | Brandon Mosley | Brandon Boykin
Brandon Thompson | Harrison Smith
Trent Robison | Nathan Stupar | Ryan Lindley
Kendall Reyes | Jack Crawford | Mike Martin
James Hanna | Michael Egnew
Nick Provo | Quentin Saulsberry
LaMichael James | Chris Polk
Jacory Harris |Rokevious Watkins

Jake Broyles | Travian Robertson
Derek Moye | Peter Konz
Dan Herron On Podium | Fozzy Whitaker
Jerrell Jackson | Johnny Troutman
Drake Dunsmore | Coby Fleener
Kevin Zeitler | Andrew Tiller | Orson Charles
Lovie Smith | Leslie Frazier
Mike McCarthy | Ted Thompson
Jim Schwartz |
Lovie Smith | Lovie Smith 1-on-1
Grigson Talks Manning |
Fox Talks Tebow | Ozzie Newsome

Pete Carroll | John Elway

Solving NFL Character Issues | Day 5 Recap
Last Minute Prep: Wilson and Cousins | Training Like NFL Prospects
Training Like NFL Prospect: GSSI Testing | Weight Room
Day Two Review |  | Inside API
Day One Prospect Notes | Day One Podium Recap
Weinke Talks IMG Quarterbacks | A Long Journey for Herzlich
Breaking Down the NFL Combine


Same Story, Different QBs | Pierce Playing for Family
Quinton Coples faces scrutiny | RG3 clocks a 4.38
From B1G Foes to Friends


LIVE Scouting Combine Blog: Thursday | LIVE Scouting Combine Blog: Friday
LIVE Scouting Combine Blog: Saturday | LIVE Scouting Combine Blog: Sunday


David DeCastro | Ryan Tannehill
Eric Page | Nick Perry | David DeCastro
Dontari Poe | Markus Kuhn | Jonathan Martin
Luke Kuechly | Running Routes With Sanu |  | Dont'a Hightower
Russell Wilson | Nick Toon | Terrell Manning

Isaiah Pead | Marvin McNutt | Ryan Tannehill
Isaiah Pead | Marvin McNutt
Whitney Mercilus | Robert Turbin

IMG Day 1: Out of Your Comfort Zone | IMG Day 2: Keep Feet Low, Eyes Up
IMG Day 3: All About the Science | IMG Day 4: Lactic Acid |
Breaking Down The 2012 NFL Combine | Part 2

List of NFL Combine Invites - A to M | List of NFL Combine Invites - N to Z
Best Player By Position


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