The Vikings have their quarterback. Now it’s time for them to address one of their other needs with their day two pick.
Sadly, the Vikings have only that one pick tonight, #11 in the second round. Their third round pick disappeared mysteriously in the middle of last season and was never heard from again.
So what should the Vikings do with their precious pick? They still have a lot of needs as we know. And unfortunately they were unable to trade down in the first and pick up an extra selection.
To my mind, defensive line and secondary remain the two biggest areas of concern. If you still want to land a potentially dominating end, Da’Quan Bowers and his bad knee are dangling there. However, after reaching for Ponder who also has physical issues, I don’t think the Vikings can afford another roll of the dice.
The secondary guys provide a number of intriguing options. There’s Aaron Williams out of Texas, who could end up a safety or a corner, and could also return punts. There’s safety Rahim Moore who dropped out of the first round and is probably wondering why the hell he was invited to New York. And don’t forget about Brandon Harris, a small, tough Antoine Winfield-like corner out of Miami. Virgina’s Ras-I Dowling has size and skill but needs to work on his technique.
The offensive line of course also remains a big problem area for the Vikings. The PFT second round mock has them taking Ben Ijalana out of Villanova, and declares Ijalana could be an immediate replacement for Anthony Herrera. That “immediate replacement” part is what makes Ijalana intriguing. When you have few day 1 or 2 picks and lots of needs, you can’t afford to dick around with project guys. Stefen Wisniewski is another interior lineman with 2nd-round-worthy skills but he’s small and not that strong.
There was a fair amount of tight end chatter before the draft, a lot of it centering around Notre Dame’s Kyle Rudolph. The Vikings made no secret that they want to get younger at TE, and Rudolph is a potentially terrific player, but with all their needs, Rudolph might be too much of a luxury pick in the 2nd. If they wait until the 4th they might still be able to land a guy like Jordan Cameron or Virgil Green.
There are receivers too, like Randall Cobb and Leonard Hankerson, but I can’t see the Vikings zeroing in on receiver yet. Did I mention they have lots of needs? And they’re still going to have lots of needs when the day is out. For this to be a truly successful draft, the Vikings are going to have to get lucky on a couple of day three picks. Real lucky.