Mel Kiper has done a three round mock draft, which immediately renders all other three round mock drafts obsolete. Disclaimer: Kiper does make it clear that his mock is based on his own projections and not any of the scuttlebutt we’ve been hearing from people like Adam Schefter. Kiper doesn’t deal in rumor and innuendo. He only cares about his big board, and according to his big board, these will/should be the Vikings’ first three picks next week:
Round 1: OT Matt Kalil
Round 2: S Harrison Smith
Round 3: WR Marvin McNutt
Three major needs, three draft picks. It all makes sense if you look at the moves the Vikings have made in free agency and what still remains to be done. Cornerback is still a need but not as huge after Chris Cook’s exoneration and the Zack Bowman and Chris Carr signings. Of course these picks assume the Vikings don’t make a trade. Kiper acknowledges the possibility of trades happening but his mock is based on the assumption that one won’t. And if no trade happens? I could easily see the Vikings doing exactly what Kiper indicates. A new stud left tackle, a solid safety who can start right away and a potential legit downfield receiver. If the Vikings pull that off, it will be a good draft for them. Not perfect, but good.