September 29, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Bjoern Werner (95) defends against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the South Florida Bulls 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New Todd McShay Mock Draft Has Vikings Taking Bjoern Werner


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.

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  • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 Rob

    Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen are all free agents at the end of the 2013 season, so drafting one now wouldn’t be a stretch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

      But drafting a DE in the first round makes little sense when they have much bigger needs at DT, MLB, CB and even safety on defense and RG and flanker (to add some much needed depth at WR and back up the potentially injury prone Greg Jennings who is also needed to back up Wright in the slot). Fortunately, they have no need at split end WR since Ponder cant throw the ball deep enough to get it to him.

      • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 Rob

        You’re a clown. Ponder has shown he can throw it plenty deep. He just hasn’t had the receivers who can get separation more than 5 yards downfield. It’s obvious you’re just a Packer fan trolling this board.