Reader's Mock Draft - Minnesota Vikings Are On the Clock

OK, so I’ve been slacking and fallen behind on the Reader’s Mock Draft, so to rectify the situation, I decided to just skip over the Bengals and Rams and cut right to the Minnesota Vikings.  Since no one cares about them anyway and Ziggy Ansah has slipped far enough down the draft board, I’ve assigned him to the Bengals.  The Rams already had a shot on the draft board with the 16th pick, so I’ve assigned Eddie Lacy, the next available vote-getter from their first go around on the clock.

As for the Vikings, they powered their way to the 2012 postseason on the surgically repaired knee of Adrian Peterson, exceeding expectations and vaulting ahead of the Bears and Lions into second place in the NFC North.  In order to pick up where they left off in 2012, Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman will have to address some of the team needs. 

Percy Harvin is gone and Greg Jennings will jump across the Cheddar Curtain to be the featured wide receiver.  Is that enough for Christian Ponder or will they try to get more weapons for him?  The Vikings also have a need at inside linebacker and have resisted to answer Brian Urlacher’s calls, so maybe they take the plunge on Manti Te’o or Kevin Minter?   They could also use help at cornerback or defensive tackle.

Team Needs

Wide Receiver

Inside Linebacker


Defensive Tackle

Top Prospects

Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

Who should the Vikings select with the #23 pick in the 2013 draft?

  • Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina (28%, 66 Votes)
  • Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (21%, 49 Votes)
  • Keenan Allen, WR, Cal (18%, 43 Votes)
  • Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (17%, 40 Votes)
  • DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (13%, 31 Votes)
  • Kevin Minter, LB, LSU (3%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 235

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  • Charles Stocks

    Please don’t waste a first round pick on a WR. In fact I would go LB,DT,S,CB with our first 4 picks. The reason I say safety is that I am enamored with the idea oof pairing S Dj Swearinger with Harrison Smith. CB can wait until the 3rd as I think Tyrann Matthieu will still be available there, Wreh-Wilson would be my backup plan for a CB in the 3rd. A couple of WR’s that I think would be quality additions in the 4th are; Da’Rick Rodgers and Cobi Hamilton. Oh, and my preference at LB is Manti T’eo and DT would be Sheldon Richarson (likely gone already) and Sylvester Williams