The second of FanSided.com’s weekly NFL mock drafts is up. Last week the Vikings picked 20th and took LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery. Which didn’t make a lot of sense to me. And this week who did the Vikings take? I won’t keep you in suspense. Here’s the pick and the explanation:
19. Minnesota Vikings – Jonathan Banks – CB/Mississippi State
It’s not the flashy choice Vikings fans are hoping for but if the team wants to get better it needs to be on both sides of the ball. A.J. Jefferson has struggled and likely isn’t a suitable replacement for Antonie Winfield when he retires. Banks can be a lockdown corner that, if Chris Cook can develop, can become a No. 1-A/B type of corner. The Vikings need a wide receiver but they can get one on the second day and don’t even think about going quarterback here. They reached once for a so-so pick they won’t be doing it again when they can get a Landry Jones or Tahj Boyd the next day.
Really don’t see the Vikings taking a corner this high. Chris Cook is a proven starter if he can stay healthy and Antoine Winfield isn’t anywhere near ready to hang it up. Josh Robinson is developing and should be able to step in for Winfield if he starts slipping physically. I have to believe this pick will either be a receiver or a defensive tackle. The new mock has Keenan Allen of Cal going to Seattle #23. The Vikings are going to pass on a big outside receiver with Allen’s skills?
I don’t disagree with this pick as vehemently as last week’s but I’m still not feeling it. The Vikes went secondary in the 1st and 3rd rounds last year and they’re going to go secondary again in the 1st with obvious needs at other positions?
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