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1.14: TRADED to Cleveland (Cleveland jumps New England to take Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah). Minnesota receives 1.26, 2.59, and Cleveland's 2022 4th

1.26 (from Cleveland): Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

2.59 (from Cleveland): Jevon Holland, DB, Oregon

3.78: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

3.90: Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh

4.119: Caden Sterns, SAF, Texas

4.125: Benjamin St. Juste, CB, Minnesota

4.134: Jalen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh

4.143: TRADED Indianapolis for 7.248 and their 2022 4th round pick

5.157: Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State

5.168: Trey Hill, IOL, Georgia

6.199: Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas

7.248 (from Indianapolis): Evan McPherson, K, Florida

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Gotta admit, I love mock drafts, especially seeing who the Vikes are projected to take as well as where some of my favorite players are slated to go.  For this round, I'm going all small-school players, some hidden talents, who should be able to hold their own.  Since there's not really a small school guy after Trey Lance that's a sure-fire 1st rounder, I'm thinking the Vikes need to trade back, picking up a 2nd Rounder this year and a 3 or 4 next year.  With their 1st pick (late 1st/early 2nd):

1.  Zaven Collens, DE/OLB, Tulsa  . . . Had a so-so pro-day, so I'm more intrigued than convinced.  His production numbers were excellent, but my only concern would be his consistency in maintaining production at the NFL level.  I'd see him as a big, strong, fast LB that gets a year behind Barr to learn Zim's scheme.  

2.  Ellerson Smith, DE, Northern Iowa  . . . What can not this guy do?  With the right coaching, his physical abilities could make him a perennial Pro-bowler.  Is he as crazy as Jared Allen was coming out of Idaho St?

3.  Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa . . . I think his Senior Bowl performance and Pro-Day set him in motion.  The only question here is, does he make it to Rd 3?

4.  Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas . . . Totally unknown CB with long limbs and speed.  Have no idea about his nose for the ball, but he's climbing draft boards fast.

5.   D'Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan . . . Steve Smith clone and I'd take that any day, all day.

6.  Michael Strachan, WR, Charleston . . . 6'5", 226, 4.5 40 w/1.55 10-yrd split, 34" arms, 10" hands.  Marques Colston/Kenny Galloday comparisons abound.

7.  Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (OH) . . . If this guy lasts until the latter part of Rd 5, I'll be surprised.  6' 8" 320 with 5.1 speed and 24 reps . . . can the guy play? 

8.  David Moore, OG, Grambling State . . . I liked the reports of he's competitiveness at the Senior Bowl.  He's not all that tall, but wide with great wingspan at over 82" . . . little slow in change of direction, but maybe he's carrying a little too much extra weight? 

9.  Raymond Johnson, DE, Georgia Southern

10.  Sam Webb, CB, Missouri Western State 

I could easily see Dillon Radunz as the first pick with Quinnen Meinerz fitting in the 2nd or 3rd Rd in this type of scenario.  I realize it's not all that realistic to believe small school guys can measure-up to the Power 5 back-ups.  Then again, the starting center for the SB Champion Bucs is from Colorado State Pueblo . . . so, if a guy has the measurables, the heart and the opportunity are all that's needed to get somewhere.  Oh, yes, I'd love to see how Cade Johnson does at the NFL level, but his cohorts from SDSU really didn't get it done the past couple years at training camp.  

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I forgot to draft a CB

14: R1 P14 OT Christian Darrisaw - Virginia Tech
78: R3 P14 G Wyatt Davis - Ohio State
90: R3 P26 QB Davis Mills - Stanford
119: R4 P14 DL Jaylen Twyman - Pittsburgh
125: R4 P20 DL Earnest Brown IV - Northwestern
134: R4 P29 S Richie Grant - UCF
143: R4 P38 WR Dyami Brown - North Carolina
157: R5 P13 WR Josh Palmer - Tennessee
168: R5 P24 LB Charles Snowden - Virginia
199: R6 P15 K Evan McPherson - Florida

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19 hours ago, SteelKing728 said:

I like drafts where we draft Pitt players. I'm okay with just that lol

I'm not a big fan of using draft capital on K/P/Specialists anymore but I understand why some are doing that.

My philosophy is that they need to keep swinging with 6th and 7th round picks to get a long term answer at K and P. Will we miss on some? Yes. But Willie Beavers didn't do much for us either. 

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So here's my completely unrealistic simulator mock for the year. I've done hundreds of them, with and without trades and this is one of my faves. I didn't do trades on this one and took mostly BPA, but knowing generally when most of these guys are picked in these simulators kind of means I'm cheating some. It does hit most of our needs, but I'd like a few extra picks for DE, S, RB and K depth/competition (Jaylon Holmes, Hercules, Brailford do nothing for me, we have nothing behind Harrison beyond this year but they can likely find UDFA for that and a 3rd RB, and Joseph is somewhat of a wild card). I cant see them going offense with the first 3 picks, but the value was there and I couldnt pass them up. Enjoy or attack it as you please!

 

 

 

  • MIN
    14.
    Christian Darrisaw
    OT Virginia Tech
     
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    78.
    Kellen Mond
    QB Texas A&M
     
  •  
    90.
    Landon Dickerson
    OC Alabama
     
  •  
    119.
    Andre Cisco
    S Syracuse
     
  •  
    125.
    Keith Taylor
    CB Washington
     
  •  
    134.
    Monty Rice
    LB Georgia
     
  •  
    143.
    Jaylen Twyman
    DT Pittsburgh
     
  •  
    157.
    Cade Johnson
    WR South Dakota State
     
  •  
    168.
    Janarius Robinson
    EDGE Florida State
     
  •  
    199.
    Tre McKitty
    TE Georgia
     
     
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2 hours ago, meixdaddy_10 said:
 

So here's my completely unrealistic simulator mock for the year. I've done hundreds of them, with and without trades and this is one of my faves. I didn't do trades on this one and took mostly BPA, but knowing generally when most of these guys are picked in these simulators kind of means I'm cheating some. It does hit most of our needs, but I'd like a few extra picks for DE, S, RB and K depth/competition (Jaylon Holmes, Hercules, Brailford do nothing for me, we have nothing behind Harrison beyond this year but they can likely find UDFA for that and a 3rd RB, and Joseph is somewhat of a wild card). I cant see them going offense with the first 3 picks, but the value was there and I couldnt pass them up. Enjoy or attack it as you please!

 

 

 

  • MIN
    14.
    Christian Darrisaw
    OT Virginia Tech
     
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    78.
    Kellen Mond
    QB Texas A&M
     
  •  
    90.
    Landon Dickerson
    OC Alabama
     
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    119.
    Andre Cisco
    S Syracuse
     
  •  
    125.
    Keith Taylor
    CB Washington
     
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    134.
    Monty Rice
    LB Georgia
     
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    143.
    Jaylen Twyman
    DT Pittsburgh
     
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    157.
    Cade Johnson
    WR South Dakota State
     
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    168.
    Janarius Robinson
    EDGE Florida State
     
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    199.
    Tre McKitty
    TE Georgia
     
     

I'd be pretty happy with this

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4/20/21: From TDN's Benjamin Solak:

"No second-round pick, two third-round selections, and four fourth-round picks? The Minnesota Vikings are interesting to draft for.

Trading around notwithstanding, the Vikings have the capital necessary to infuse this roster with a ton of developmental youth, owning eight selections on a 90 pick stretch between Nos. 78 and 168. I went heavy on the defense there, as I don’t think head coach Mike Zimmer will stand for the poor defense his team put on the field in 2020 and will demand better play across the board.

Don’t worry, fans of points! I did spend five picks on offense as well. (Three on the offensive line. Let’s run the rock, baby.)"

https://thedraftnetwork.com/articles/minnesota-vikings-7-round-mock-draft-april

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1.14 Alijah Vera-Tucker, iOL, USC
3.78 Dayo Odeyingo, DL, Vanderbilt
3.90 Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri
4.119 Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
4.125 Sadarius Hutcherson, iOL, South Carolina (I strongly agree with his rationale for this selection. Hutcherson tested very well.)
4.134 Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
4.143 Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State
5.157 Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame
5.168 Khalil Herber, RB, Virginia Tech
6.199 Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina

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Trade down and a trade up.  If this works, I think it can really help us shore up needs.

21. Alijah Vera-Tucker IOL,

54. Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE,

78. Amon-Ra St. Brown WR,

90. Ben Cleveland IOL,

125. Andre Cisco S,

134. Dayo Odeyingbo EDGE,

143. Rodarius Williams CB,

168. Caden Sterns S,

170. John Bates TE,

199. Alaric Jackson OT,

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1 hour ago, NoDakViking said:

 

Trade down and a trade up.  If this works, I think it can really help us shore up needs.

21. Alijah Vera-Tucker IOL,

54. Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE,

78. Amon-Ra St. Brown WR,

90. Ben Cleveland IOL,

125. Andre Cisco S,

134. Dayo Odeyingbo EDGE,

143. Rodarius Williams CB,

168. Caden Sterns S,

170. John Bates TE,

199. Alaric Jackson OT,

Assuming you would then kick Cleveland out to LT to form a line of...

E. Cleveland-AVT-Bradbury-B. Cleveland-O'Neill

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17 minutes ago, VikeManDan said:

Assuming you would then kick Cleveland out to LT to form a line of...

E. Cleveland-AVT-Bradbury-B. Cleveland-O'Neill

That's correct.   I think Ezea would be more comfortable back out at Tackle and AVT and Ben Cleveland would add a lot of power to the middle.  Ben Cleveland is probably more of a power scheme guy but I believe he tested pretty well athletically 

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10 hours ago, NoDakViking said:

That's correct.   I think Ezea would be more comfortable back out at Tackle and AVT and Ben Cleveland would add a lot of power to the middle.  Ben Cleveland is probably more of a power scheme guy but I believe he tested pretty well athletically 

You know that you just want Ben Cleveland, so we can see how many people keep asking them if they are brothers.   

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39 minutes ago, swede700 said:

You know that you just want Ben Cleveland, so we can see how many people keep asking them if they are brothers.   

Sure.  I think Ben has about 40 lbs on Ezra tho.  Benter than Ezra?  I'll workshop it.

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10 hours ago, NoDakViking said:

That's correct.   I think Ezea would be more comfortable back out at Tackle and AVT and Ben Cleveland would add a lot of power to the middle.  Ben Cleveland is probably more of a power scheme guy but I believe he tested pretty well athletically 

Knowing that would be your plan then I really like your draft!

Ben Cleveland tested VERY well (9.63 RAS). I'd like to think our coaching/scouting staff could think that athleticism would translate to our scheme even though I'm guessing UGA was a more man/gap/power scheme. This is where coaching the players to the scheme becomes so important.

I wouldn't hate St. Brown at 78 but I'd be curious what safeties may have been available. Otherwise I like double-dipping at DE.

Nice job.

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14.

Minnesota Vikings
Trey Lance
QB, North Dakota State
78.

Minnesota Vikings
Trey Smith
IOL, Tennessee
90.

Minnesota Vikings
Elerson Smith
EDGE, Northern Iowa
119.

Minnesota Vikings
Andre Cisco
S, Syracuse
125.

Minnesota Vikings
Walker Little
OT, Stanford
134.

Minnesota Vikings
Jaylen Twyman
IDL, Pittsburgh
143.

Minnesota Vikings
Ambry Thomas
CB, Michigan
157.

Minnesota Vikings
Dazz Newsome
WR, North Carolina
168.

Minnesota Vikings
Jaelon Darden
WR, North Texas
199.

Minnesota Vikings
Tre' McKitty
TE, Georgia

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