All us FanSided football editors were asked to participate in a mock draft. The results of said draft were then submitted to the genuine football wonks at National Football Post who critiqued our picks. Nothing like a little intimidation factor to make you really strap on your mocking cap. How did I do in the eyes of NFP? Not too bad apparently. I took Tavon Austin for the Vikings at 23 and Desmond Trufant at 25. Those were both no-brainer picks in my mind. I mean Austin at 23? You can’t pass on that, I don’t care about your need chart. Here’s what NFP’s Russ Lande said about my picks. On Austin:
After trading away Percy Harvin, the Vikings need an explosive, big-play receiver and Austin is that guy. The West Virginia product is the most dynamic offensive weapon in this year’s draft and would immediately make Christian Ponder a better quarterback.
After adding a big-play weapon with their first-round pick, the Vikings make a strong move to replace longtime cornerback Antoine Winfield with Washington’s Desmond Trufant. He is a quick, fluid and instinctive cornerback who should start early in his NFL career.
So apparently I am smarter than I look. For the record, Cordarrelle Patterson was off the board or I would’ve taken him. Stayed entirely away from Manti Te’o.