Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive lineman Sylvester Williams speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

New FanSided.com Mock Draft: Sylvester Williams, DeAndre Hopkins


A week after stirring the pot with the Matt Barkley pick, the FanSided.com weekly mock has returned to sanity by giving the Vikings a defensive tackle and a wide receiver. Sylvester Williams goes to Minnesota with the #23 pick. According to Josh Sanchez:

Williams ia s guy who has been bouncing around in mock drafts, but now that the Vikings have two first round picks, he’ll likely find his way back to being a late first-round pick. Minnesota could take a look at Damontre Moore, but character issues will likely scare them off of drafting him despite the dual position ability he brings. But the Vikings have two defensive ends right now capable of doing the job and if Williams is plugged into the middle, the Vikings may be able to stretch out Jared Allen’s career. It also fits with the tradition the Vikings have of starting mature and talented defensive tackles named Williams.

At #25 the Vikes go with Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins. Per Sanchez:

Keenan Allen used to be penciled in here, but his knee is scaring teams off and he’s likely going to fall way back in the first round and may not be worth taking even at No. 22 overall. But DeAndre Hopkins is a guy quickly rising on draft boards, and after some convincing, I’m drinking the Kool-Aid. Hopkins is tall, he’s dangerous and he can provide Christian Ponder with a young target he needs opposite Greg Jennings. Besides, if Hopkins is selected between the Vikings picks, Keenan Allen is a decent consolation prize.

There you go Rick Spielman. You know what to do now.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/BigOdd Charles Stocks

    I still say Defense with first 3 picks. #23 Alec Ogletree or Te’o #25 Sylvester Williams or Arthur Brown #52 Tyrann Mathieu or Wreh-Wilson. I honestly just love the idea of adding 2 stud LB’s in the first round although I doubt that all 3 of those guys will be available. We’ll probably have to take whichever of the 3 that is left. I’d draft a WR in the 3rd and the 4th

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

    Mel Kiper is providing a clue who the Vikings intend to get by moving up. He says they will jump ahead of the Bears to get MLB Matti Teo. Then they can also steal MLB Urlacher.
    Fansided is right about them getting Sylvester Williams so they will wait until round 2 to pick up a flanker. With Ponder as QB does it really matter if the WR isn’t quite as good?

  • jamie

    well I like them two picks and I like “sly” at 23 I feel the the viks should take Manti Te’o he’s a beast I just watched tapes on him he would fit good in our Tampa 2 defence and I like Hopkins or Hunter for the 25th pick..

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

    The draft will leave the Vikings with either Robert Woods or Terrance Williams at WR in the second round. Good enough.