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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 6:43:00 PM

The Vikings view

Yesterday we pointed out the two-round mock draft by Viking Update's John Holler.'s Adam Caplan and Chris Steuber also have their mock drafts posted. Caplan released his first round on Friday, and Steuber has had his two-round mock draft out for weeks now.

Caplan has the Vikings selecting Florida State cornerback Patrick Robison, who had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl. Here is Caplan's analysis on the pick: "He should be able to play right away. Considering starting CB Cedric Griffn is no sure thing coming back from ACL surgery, the team must add a cornerback high in this year's draft."

Caplan will revise his first round and release a second round in the coming days.

Steuber updated his first round on Tuesday and has the Vikings selecting Boise State CB Kyle Wilson. In the second round, Steuber has the Vikings taking WR/RB Dexter McCluster, a quick-footed multi-purpose playmaker. 

The opinions on the Vikings' draft keep coming, but we're only four days from knowing the facts of the first round.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 7:29:00 PM

Time for round two

Predicting the first round of the draft is precarious enough, but Viking Update's John Holler is once again going two rounds deep with his mock draft. While he doesn't see Florida QB Tim Tebow or Texas QB Colt McCoy going in the first round, Holler does have both of them going well before the Vikings' second-round pick.

Some believe the Vikings are hot after Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty in the first round, but we've got them pegging Boise State CB Kyle Wilson in the first round (many believe Wilson will be off the board by then, but not the way Holler has the first round unfolding.)

So with cornerback addressed in round one, he has them taking a mammoth guard in round two with the selection of Ole Miss' John Jerry.

"The Vikings may look at a running back or safety here, but, as it currently stands, the only guards on the roster are Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera," Holler write in his analysis of the second round pick. "Artis Hicks was able to provide backup help at guard and tackle positions, but he signed away during free agency, making this a more pressing need. The brother of Falcons 2009 No. 1 pick Peria Jerry and the cousin of current Viking Jamarca Sanford and former Viking Dwayne Rudd, he is massive at 6-5, 330 and, with the kind of coaching he will get from the Vikings, could be the ideal selection for this spot in the draft."

For the rest of Holler's second round, click here.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 9:27:00 AM

NFL Network likes Packers if Favre stays home

The Vikings beat the Packers twice last year, thanks in many ways to Brett Favre exacting revenge on his old team with solid passing performances. Those two games helped the Vikings to a 12-4 record and the NFC North crown.

Not surprisingly, NFL Network analysts Jamie Dukes and Brian Baldinger both believe the Packers will be the favorites in the division if Favre doesn't return to the Vikings, according to this "State of the Vikings" segment.

"Sidney Rice exploded with Brett Favre at quarterback and the offense never looked better," Baldinger said.

But if there is no Favre, Dukes believes that the Vikings are good enough to make it to the playoffs because of the rest of the roster.

"They went to the playoffs the year before without Favre," Dukes said. "They got to the playoffs, so you have to at least operate under the assumption, with the personnel that they have, they'll at least get back to the playoffs."

Dukes thinks that Tarvaris Jackson has gotten better each of his years in the league, but Baldinger thinks Favre will be the difference in the division.

"Green Bay, I think, runs away with this division if Favre doesn't come back," Baldinger said.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:31:00 AM

Draft redo: Peterson and Rice as top-10 picks

In an era where fans are producing mock drafts, Google returns 4,550,000 pages for a search of "2010 nfl mock draft" and helpfully narrows it down to 3,630,000 pages. The opinions can be dizzying – no matter how far off-base they are.

Even some of the most respected draft analysts in the national media get less than 25 percent of the picks right in first round of their mock drafts, which makes a draft redo even more interesting. That's exactly what Bucky Brooks of did with the 2007 draft, the first one for Rick Spielman as point man of personnel for the Vikings (hat tip to Mike Wobschall of for finding it).

In that 2007 draft, the Vikings got RB Adrian Peterson with the seventh pick. In Brooks' draft redo with the benefit of three seasons of hindsight, Peterson goes first overall to the Oakland Raiders instead of JaMarcus Russell, the quarterback they are still looking to replace.

Peterson "has been an absolute terror since entering the league and moves up six spots due to his game-breaking production," Brooks wrote. "Peterson has finished among the top five rushers in the league in each of his three NFL seasons, including leading the league in 2008. That's the kind of production that is normally expected of the top pick in the draft."

With Peterson off of Brooks' "draft do-over," the Vikings end up taking Texas safety Michael Griffin. Two picks later, the Miami Dolphins select WR Sidney Rice ninth overall instead of the player they really took, WR Ted Ginn, who has never lived up to his predraft promise.

Brooks doesn't go into a second round in his draft redo article, but Vikings fans will remember that Dwayne Jarrett was considered at least an equal to Sidney Rice, if not a better pick. Try telling that to the Carolina Panthers now, who selected Jarrett right after the Vikings selected Rice. Their career numbers since then: Rice 129 catches for 1,849 yards and 16 touchdowns (including 83-1,312-8 in a Pro Bowl 2009 season); Jarrett has 33-388-1 (including 17-196-1 in a career year in 2009).

But an interesting question is this: How would Vikings fans feel about Chester Taylor at running back, Michael Griffin at safety and Dwayne Jarrett at wide receiver (although Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin would clearly start ahead of him)?


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