FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings

With The 22nd Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Minnesota Vikings Select...

4/22/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. I'll be making the next pick (with a little help from Todd McShay) for the Minnesota Vikings, with the #22 pick.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Clay Matthews, LB, USC
16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
17. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
18. Denver Broncos - Brian Cushing, LB, USC
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
20. Detroit Lions - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the league's most dangerous weapons in RB Adrian Peterson. Unfortunately for them, they don't have a legitimate QB, any real WR threats, and a few holes in their offensive line. They hope to address those issues in the upcoming draft, of course.

They could grab a guy like Josh Freeman at this spot, but I think he's a bit of a reach. Arizona tackle Eben Britton is still available, and he's an appealing pick as well. Centers Alex Mack, Max Unger (and Eric Wood (Louisville) are the highest rated centers in ESPN's rankings, but they might be able to grab someone like Antoine Caldwell later in the draft.

The pick here is Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. He was the fastest WR at the combine, and his draft stock has shot up accordingly. If they can snag a guy like him, it can really spread the field for their offense. It will give their QB (whether it's Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson) a legitimate deep threat target, and it will open things up for Peterson to run wild. He gives them solid value at this pick, and could really boost their offensive capabilities.
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4/27/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

I_Bleed_Purple wrote:
After all the crap the Raiders got, I'm so glad the Vikes didn't take this guy.  Speed doesn't always make a good WR.  I amazed that Childress went down to FL on Wednesday to meet with Percy, his family and his coaches.  I guess they really wanted to make sure with the character issues.  Look at Jared Allen, so far, so good.

At 22, it wouldn't have been a bad pick. But at 7, it was a huge reach.

4/27/09   |   I_Bleed_Purple   |   415 respect

After all the crap the Raiders got, I'm so glad the Vikes didn't take this guy.  Speed doesn't always make a good WR.  I amazed that Childress went down to FL on Wednesday to meet with Percy, his family and his coaches.  I guess they really wanted to make sure with the character issues.  Look at Jared Allen, so far, so good.

4/23/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

It's always great when you can get a speedy, raw WR with iffy hands, wait is Troy Williamson being drafted by the Vikings again?  What year is this?   Oh God is Bush President again??  Oh Dear God NO!!!!

4/22/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Vikings must go center: Alex Mack

4/22/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Heyward-Bey is too Troy Williamson-esque for the Vikings.  Probably the biggest boom or bust pick in the draft.  I think with Birk going to Baltimore, the Vikes need a center badly, which would also be helpful for whomever plays QB for them this season.

4/22/09   |   tevonjohnson1   |   41 respect

 Yeah they do have speedy recievers but it will be a plus because the other two have made  name for themselves that makes him a sleeper and will help him run his routes better making them a triple treat outside of Adrian Peterson and  Tavaris Jackson.

4/22/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Hakeem Nicks or Vontae Davis would be my choice here.  Their secondary is filled with holes and I think Nicks is the second best wideout in this draft.  The hype around Heyward-Bey would scare me.

4/22/09   |   monkey_in_jar

i dont think they need him there they can get good WR later in the draft i would say FS since they lost Darren Sharper

4/22/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 Josh Freeman ... a little too high here. Either go up in the draft and get Sanchez ... or trade down to the end of round 1 to get freeman.

4/22/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

derms33 wrote:
H-Bey is fast but he doesn't impress me and really didn't in college either.  Sidney Rice and Berrian are better than him.  Address your other needs Minn

Plus they already have a burner in Bernard Berrian. If you already have Bernard Berrian on your roster, why draft another one?

4/22/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

H-Bey is fast but he doesn't impress me and really didn't in college either.  Sidney Rice and Berrian are better than him.  Address your other needs Minn

4/22/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

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They should take a QB