For the second straight week the FanSided.com mock draft has the Vikings taking WR Keenan Allen of Cal. But I’m sick of talking about him. What is there left to say? He looks like he’ll be a nice receiver in the NFL. The Vikes need a receiver. Great. Fine.
Oh the monotony of pre-draft season. It gets us all eventually.
I think I’ll break the monotony just this once. Instead of Allen I’ll talk about a guy the new mock has going a few spots after the Vikings pick at 23. The guy I’m talking about is Johnathan Jenkins, DT from Georgia. The mock has him going to Seattle at 25. Here’s what they say:
Jenkins has seen his value fluctuate over the past couple of weeks, but he’s a pretty solid late round pick. The Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but even they could use some extra help up front. Any time you can add a guy that can power past interior offensive lineman and at the very least open up holes for pass rushing linebackers to fly through, you take the guy that can do that. Pete Carroll likes his defense mean, and Jenkins is going to fit that attitude perfectly.
The Vikes could use some meanness too. And some size and talent. Most of all, they need to beef up the interior of their defensive line. I’ve repeated that over and over this offseason. If this defense wants to take another step in its development, it must get better up the middle. That starts with finding a defensive tackle. The Jenkins kid is very big and at least on the surface projects as a 3-4 nose tackle of the B.J. Raji variety. But actually Jenkins is a better pass rush guy than a run stuffing guy. Despite his massive size, he’s can move. The Vikes might look at him and think Pat Williams.
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