The mock drafts mostly continue to see-saw back and forth between giving the Vikings a defensive tackle and giving them a wide receiver. On FanSided.com this week it’s a DT. Johnathan Hankins of Ohio State.
Minnesota would love to upgrade at wide receiver but until they actually trade Percy Harvin, it won’t become a No. 1 need. Right now the Vikings are in a position where everything is a need, and that starts up front on defense. Kevin Williams is getting old, Jared Allen is up there and Brian Robison is going to fade. Minnesota made it within a game of the Super Bowl back in 2009 thanks in large part to the ‘Shock and AWWE’ defensive line they had. Plugging the middle is important and the Vikings must realize Kevin Williams can’t do it forever. Besides, Keenan Allen’s draft stock is dropping which means they may be able to trade up in round two to get him.
Okay fine but I heard Hankins’ stock was plummeting after the combine. Evan Silva said:
The arrow was already pointing down on Hankins after a highly disappointing 2012 season. His stock will fall further following a painfully sluggish Combine. After weighing in at 6-foot-3 and a sloppy 320, Hankins ranked 34th-of-37 D-Linemen in both the forty (5.31) and vertical (26″), 33rd in the ten-yard split (1.82), and 25th-of-33 participants in the three-cone drill (7.59). Hankins is carrying 320 pounds, but the numbers suggest he doesn’t carry it well. Once a consensus first-rounder, it would be surprising at this point if Hankins cracked the top 32.
Keenan Allen has the ACL thing but we won’t know about his stock until his pro day. He could check out, run a fast 40 and be fine. Hankins right now looks like an overweight turd.