Vikings Pick Arthur Brown in New FanSided.com Mock Draft

Oct 27, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Arthur Brown (4) plays defense during a 55-24 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

So here’s how it will play out on draft day, at least according to the latest FanSided.com mock draft. Rick Spielman will go in heavily targeting the defensive side of the ball. After watching the top defensive tackle prospects come off the board, Spielman will snap up Sylvester Williams of North Carolina with the 23rd overall pick. The FanSided take:

While there is some belief that the Vikings need to address their lack of offense talent, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both picks dedicated to the defensive side of the ball. The team is reportedly in love with Williams as a prospect and they may lose out on him to Indianapolis if they don’t pull the trigger here.

With DT taken care of, Spielman will next target linebacker. Manti Te’o is already gone – the Bears took him at 20 – so forget about that reunion with Notre Dame buddies Harrison Smith and Robert Blanton. Alec Ogletree is off the board too thanks to St. Louis. So the Vikes go to the next guy on their board. And that guy is? Kansas State’s Arthur Brown. FanSided says:

One of the biggest holes on the Vikings roster is at linebacker. Brown would be a player that can play either inside or outside linebacker for the team and his versatility will make him very attractive.

So there you have it. Two first round picks. Two new defensive players. Both solid guys with good potential. And I guess they’ll worry about wide receiver in the second round. Christian Ponder doesn’t need targets or anything.

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  • dizzle

    Just go ahead and put up the cardboard cut outs lined up at the receiver position already. Of course Ponder doesn’t need targets, they got AD there to always bail the team out. Adrian Peterson pretty much willed his team to the playoffs by his lonesome. Can’t really imagine how good the Vikings can be with a serviceable QB and dependable WR’s.

  • norsemonster

    Ugh, K.Allen & J.Jones > S.Williams & A.Brown

  • Derek

    Vikings are not going to draft 2 defensive players in the 1st rd this year. They will go wr with the 1st pick if austin or patterson is available. If they are off the board they will go DT or cb with the 23 and deandre hopkins with the 25th. Mlb will come in the 2nd with us getting minter. We will probably trade up in the second.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Olson/1846614735 Brian Olson

    These are actually good picks for MN. DT, WR and CB are deeper than MLB. I like taking a MLB in the first but would rank need after that as WR, CB and DT in that order. Can we draft an Offensive Coordinator? Or the one we have had better be more creative than demonstrated to date.

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

    Yes, Vikings will take MLB and NT but they will trade up for Teo and then take Williams. They only need a second round WR because they now know Ponder should have been a second round QB.

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

    Walter Football now saying 23 Williams 25 Teo.

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

    Walter Football says Arthur Brown is sliding into the second round due to injury concerns.

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

    Drafttec does a consensus simulation of mock drafts and says Vikings will draft 23 Williams 25 Teo.