Todd McShay has released his 400th mock draft of the season. That dude’s a machine. Who are the Vikings taking this time? McShay has gone a bit off the script. He’s got the Vikes taking DE Bjoern Werner with the 23rd selection. Then he goes back to normal, mocking Keenan Allen to the Vikes at 25. And for kicks he goes into the second round, giving the Vikes DT Johnathan Hankins at 52.
We’ve discussed the whole Bjoern Werner thing before. It came up a couple weeks ago thanks to the FanSided.com weekly mock. The argument there was simple value over need. DE may not be the biggest position of need for the Vikes but if Werner falls that far he would simply be too good to pass up. My argument against it was simply this. The Vikes need starters with their first round picks and Werner would not start right away. He would be arguably fourth in the DE rotation behind Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. So I just didn’t see the pick making sense. Still don’t.
The Keenan Allen pick at 25 is a no-brainer. He has the right combination of attributes. Johnathan Hankins in the second round is okay by me if you can get past the fact that he’s apparently not the hardest worker and a bit of a fat slob. Maybe he’ll shape up once he gets to the pros. And not become the DT version of Bryant McKinnie.