Aug 31, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Boise State Broncos cornerback Jamar Taylor (5) breaks up a pass intended for Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Bennie Fowler (13) in the second quarter at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

NFL Mocks Three Round Mock Draft: Vikings Picks

The guys at NFL Mocks stretched it out a little and put together a three round mock. Their picks for the Vikings are highly intriguing and may provoke some conversation. These are some different names than we’ve been hearing. Here’s what they put together:

Pick 23: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

NFL Mocks Says: The Vikings’ secondary was atrocious last season. They have a lot of young guys, but I think Leslie Frazier would love to get a physical player like Taylor on the outside, especially if they have to replace Antoine Winfield.

Pick 25: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

NFL Mocks Says: The Vikings use the pick they got in the Percy Harvin trade to add a speedy receiver with huge upside. Patterson can do all the things Harvin did, but he’s just not as proven. This could be a really good value for them.

Pick 52: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

Pick 83: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

Minter dropping into the second round is something we’re seeing in a lot of mocks right now. The concern with him apparently is that he was surrounded by a lot of talent at LSU and that might have made him look a little better than he really is. Waiting till the second for a linebacker might be the prudent move given the concerns about these guys. None of the top linebacker prospects seems like a very sure bet and it wouldn’t shock me if only one is taken in the first round. Linebacker is becoming like running back. Teams just don’t value those guys the way they used to.

As for the running back pick…I speculated a couple months ago that the Vikes might go running back a little earlier than some anticipate. I just think the time has come to upgrade the RB talent and move on from Toby Gerhart. Remember that Gerhart was a Brad Childress pick. I’m not sure his skill set really makes sense for Bill Musgrave’s offense. I think the Vikes need a speedier, more versatile #2 running back with some change-up ability. And don’t discount the importance of blocking. Adrian Peterson sits on third down precisely because he’s so lousy picking up blitzers. Gerhart frankly isn’t much better. I speculated on the Vikes maybe drafting another Stanford guy, Stepfan Taylor. He is currently getting third round buzz as well.

What the Vikes really need at RB is a guy who can catch a screen and break it for a big play. Gerhart has decent hands but he never gets anywhere. Also keep in mind that, after the Percy Harvin trade, you lost your change-of-pace back. Your guy you throw in after a couple Adrian Peterson runs and try to hit them with a different look. Gerhart doesn’t give you enough of a different look. He’s a plodding runner. And his lack of third-down value really hurts him as far as far as I’m concerned. I think the Vikes would do well to move on from Gerhart and Bernard might be just the guy to provide the needed upgrade. He’s no speed burner but he has some shiftiness to go with his power. He’s not the biggest guy but he’s got some bowling ball to him. And he has some return experience which gives extra value.

Brief comments about the first two picks. I’m intrigued by the Taylor kid. He seems to fit the mold of the Cover-2 cornerback. A Ronde Barber-type. He would be a better option right now than A.J. Jefferson who is a fourth corner at best. I’d like Taylor even better if you brought back Antoine Winfield to continue covering the slot while Josh Robinson attempts to learn that spot. Robinson is a long way from being a competent corner as we all learned last year.

Patterson is a guy who I’m not sure about. He’s been all over draft boards the last few weeks. For a minute he looked like maybe a top 10 pick and now he’s sagging. Some of his workouts haven’t been great. He screams “project” and I’m not sure the Vikes with their thin receiver corps can afford to take on a project.

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  • Mike Holly

    NFL Mocks makes no sense:

    1) The secondary is no longer the priority. They are living in the past. Did they watch the Packers run all over them in the playoffs? Vikings finished season around 10th vs pass and 20th vs run. Front 7 needs to get tougher up the middle vs run, and also pressure QB from inside, by drafting DT (Williams) and MLB (Teo) in round 1.

    2) This talk about the Vikings getting WRs Patterson or Hunter must stop. Ponder doesn’t have the arm to get the ball downfield to a speedy deep threat at split end. The Vikings starting WR core is now about as good as it needs to get with Ponder at QB. They just need some depth and height on the outside – maybe get Robert Woods or Terrance Williams in round 2.

    3) If Kevin Minter falls to the bottom of round 2, there is probably a reason. Plus he isn’t from Notre Dame.

    4) The Vikings still need a big back like Gerhart for backup. However, they also need a scat back for third and passing downs, change of pace, big and slow defenses, etc. But why didn’t they rotate Harvin between WR and RB like Bevell and the Seahawks are planning?

    • Rob

      With Winfield gone, secondary is definitely a concern.

      • Mike Holly

        News to me. I thought Winfield was still deciding between Vikings and Redskins.

        • Rob

          Winfield is not under contract with the Vikings now. Until that changes, they need a new starting CB. One the other side, Chris Cook has yet to play a full season, and is a free agent in 1 year. They can make a case for 2 new CB’s taken early in this draft. Last, even if Winfield is brought back, how long will they keep him around? 1 or two years at the most. No matter how you slice it, they will have at least one new starting CB if not 2 in the next 1 to 2 years.

          • Mike Holly

            Sure, they could use 2 new CBs, but you could make those kinds of arguments for most of the defense: the 3 DEs will be free agents, Williams is getting old and will be a free agent after 2014, Guion and the other DTs are not acceptable starters, there is not even one MLB, Greenway is the only good OLB, and Harrison is the only decent safety.
            You could say they need to draft 9 new starters this year, but the typical draft only offers 3 to 5 chances. Since a WR is needed somewhere, they might have only 2 chances to get starters.
            I would start at MLB and DT, because those are the weakest positions. I would take CBs Cook and Robinson over MLB Cole and NT Guion.

          • Mike Holly

            I should add that this article is wrong by saying LBs are not that important. MLBs are critical in the Cover-2 because they have to read the plays and drop back into coverage between the safeties. Thai is why scouts and Mel Kiper are saying Teo is ideal for the Vikings and also the Bears (like Urlacher did so well).

            The loss of Pat Williams at NT has also not been replaced.

      • Mike Holly

        Even if Winfield does leave, I am still most concerned about Cole at MLB and Guion at NT.

        LDE Brian Robison
        RDE Jared Allen Everson Griffen
        DT Kevin Williams
        NT Letroy Guion Fred Evans

        SLB Chad Greenway
        MLB Audie Cole
        WLB Erin Henderson

        LCB ?Antoine Winfield Josh Robinson
        RCB Chris Cook A.J. Jefferson
        SS Mistral Raymond
        FS Harrison Smith Jamarca Sanford
        Clearly the entire defense is suspect and short on depth. That is why they have to draft defense which usually starts with the front 4 and works its way back.

    • Mandie Kranig

      If you’re going to comment on Ponder’s lack of arm…you probably should do some film study first.

      • Mandie Kranig

        In 2010 he was up for the Heisman before he got hurt mid-season. In 1 game alone during that season he was slinging the ball around 15-20 yards a throw all over the field…difference is, he had WR who could catch.

      • Mike Holly

        I don’t need film study. I have been watching him play the last 2 years. My favorite moment was when he couldn’t get the ball downfield to a wide open AD. I don’t doubt he can throw passes of 10 to 20 yards. My concern is he can’t throw the deep ball of 30 to 40 yards.

  • Mike Holly

    Chris Mortenson tweets today: “Vikes are possibility for Manti Te’o RT: best guesses on Vikings first round choices? i’m leaning both defense; WR in rd 2″

  • Mike Holly

    SI Don Banks’ new mock draft is right about #23 DT, #25 MLB Manti Teo and #52 WR Robert Woods:

    #23 Most mocks have DT Sheldon Richardson going in the top 15, with a bunch of those to No. 14 Carolina. But if Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei falls to the Panthers, Richardson could tumble all the way to the Vikings. With Minnesota having another first rounder to work with, thanks to the Percy Harvin trade with Seattle, the Vikings are in position to take the explosive and disruptive Richardson as Kevin Williams’ eventual replacement.

    #25 MLB Manti Te’o comes off this board before top-rated Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert does, and some would say the odds of that happening aren’t good. But the Vikings already have a Notre Dame tight end (Kyle Rudolph) and I’m not convinced they’re targeting Cal receiver Keenan Allen with this pick, as many mockers are. The Vikings seem like a decent fit for Te’o, and Minnesota GM Rick Spielman does have a well-chronicled appreciation for Irish talent. The Vikings could still land a quality receiver along the lines of USC’s Robert Woods at No. 52 in the second round.