Oct 19, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) is injured as he is sacked by Tennessee Volunteers defensive lineman Marlon Walls (58) and defensive lineman Daniel McCullers (98) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson's 3 Round Vikings Mock Draft 2.0

With the combine now over, we are 1 step closer to the NFL draft. Personally, I believe too much thought is put into the combine, so if a player doesn’t have a great combine, I don’t worry too much about it(Except for when a player at a skill position majorly disappoints in an actually important drill, such as the 40 yard dash). What comes up on the tape is what really matters. Because of this, what happened at the combine this last week won’t affect my draft board too much. If you read my previous mock, then you already know that a mock draft pet peeve of mine is when no trades are included. Recently, Rick Spielman stated how he would love to trade down in the draft, so I am going to predict that Spielman will trade the 8th Overall Pick(1st Round) for the Titan’s 11th Overall Pick(1st Round), 108th Overall Pick(4th Round), and a 4th Rounder next year. According to the trade value chart that NFL teams use when determining draft pick values, the points come out to be pretty even. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s start drafting!

NOTE: If I have a same player in this mock draft as I had in a previous mock, the information will be similar.

Oct 26, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Quenton Bundrage (9) catches a touchdown over Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) during the second quarter at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

First Round, 11th Overall Pick: Justin Gilbert(CB) Oklahoma State

Reasoning: Our Precious Purple ranked 31st in passing defense this past year. Outside of Xavier Rhodes(and possibly Josh Robinson, if Zimmer can turn his career around), the Vikings have no viable options at cornerback. This would also form a great young core of Justin Gilbert, Xavier Rhodes, and Harrison Smith that could headline a great secondary in Minnesota for years to come(Yes, i just said great secondary and Minnesota in the same sentence).

Player Profile: Justin Gilbert is a 6’0” 202 lb cornerback from Oklahoma State. Before the combine, he was widely thought of as the top cornerback in the upcoming draft, with a small percentage of people choosing Darqueze Dennard over him. After watching film on both of them, I have Gilbert ranked slightly higher. At the combine, Gilbert ran a 4.37 40 yard dash, solidifying himself as a dangerous kick-returner(Who could potentially replace Patterson for these duties when/if Zimmer feels he is too valuable to the offense to be returning kicks) as well showing he has the speed to match his elite game-tape. In 4 years at Oklahoma State, Gilbert racked up 154 career tackles, 12 interceptions, 32 passes defended, and 6 kick-return touchdowns.



Second Round, 40th Overall Pick: Zach Mettenberger(QB) LSU 

Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) throws the ball as he is pressured by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan (8) in the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Reasoning: Film. Film. Film. I was all for drafting Derek Carr, until I started watching film on this guy(Please, go watch his game against UAB, here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P_vZ0oy75g ) Mettenberger’s torn ACL could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Vikings, as it likely is the only thing keeping him from shooting up draft boards at this time of year. Mettenberger displays great accuracy and arm strength, consistently placing the ball in the perfect location on deep throws, which are perfect attributes for a Norv Turner Quarterback. Mettenberger also is good and calm in the pocket, can make all the throws, throws with great velocity,  played in an NFL-Style Offense and succeeded, has a great work ethic, and, unlike Christian Ponder, is a good leader. His only flaws are that he sometimes holds on to the ball too long, resulting in sacks(Does this remind you of another NFL Quarterback who also happens to have the word that made McDonalds famous in his last name?), has a long delivery, and he is not very mobile, but neither is Peyton Manning(No, I am not comparing the two).

Player Profile: Zach Mettenberger is a 6’5”, 224 lb Quarterback out of LSU.  Mettenberger’s college career got off to a shaky start after being kicked out of Georgia for violating team rules. Shortly after being kicked out he transferred to LSU and in 2012 took over the starting job. After a solid but underwelming 2012, Mettenberger saw nearly all his statistics rise during his senior year, as his percentage increased from 58.8% to 64.9%, his yards rose from 2,608 to 3,082(In less attempts (352 in 2012 to 296 in 2013) as his 2013 year was cut short due to a torn ACL), his average yards per pass rose from 7.4 to 10.4, and his touchdowns rose from 12 to 22 while only throwing 8 interceptions in 2013.

Third Round, 72nd Overall Pick: Telvin Smith(LB) Florida State

Reasoning: Erin Henderson was cut, leaving a gaping hole at Weak-Side Linebacker. Gerald Hodges(A 4th Round Pick of the Minnesota Vikings last year) and Smith could battle for the starting WLB spot in training camp, or Smith could compete for the starting Strong Safety spot(Although I don’t believe Jamarca Sanford is as bad as he is made out to be, but he can still be upgraded) as he has great speed which he showed by running a 4.43 40 yard dash time at the combine.

Player Profile: Smith is a Linebacker coming out of Florida State. He stands at 6’3” and weighs 218 lbs. Smith is a personal favorite of mine. While watching the senior bowl, Smith showed up countless times in my notes and was constantly sniffing out screens and short passes for little-to-no gain. Smith could play either Linebacker or Safety in the NFL, which is perfect for the Vikings who happen to have a need at both positions(Once again, this depends on your opinion on Sanford). He is very fast and athletic, reads plays well, is solid in coverage but his potential in this area is off the charts, can rush the passer effectively, and is a fantastic special-teams player. His areas of concern center around his below-average run-support(Maybe a switch to Strong Safety will fix this?) and that he can be out of control at times, often resulting in missed tackles or over-running the play.

Third Round, 96th Overall Pick: Daniel McCullers(DT) Tennessee 

Reasoning: The Vikings have been looking for a new nose-tackle since Pat Williams retired years ago. McCullers has shown throughout his career at Tennessee that he needs to be double-teamed and can stuff the run. The start of a good defense is having a good defensive line.

Player Profile: Daniel McCullers is a Defensive Tackle from Tennesse. He is a mammoth of a man, standing at 6’7” and weighing 352 lbs. He finished his final season at Tennessee with 33 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, and 0.5 sacks. McCullers is a player whose presence is felt beyond what the stats say, although he isn’t much of a pass-rusher. He consistently draws double teams which frees up other defensive linemen, and is hard to move which clogs the running lanes for the opposing offense. McCullers also had a good game against Alabama, which is always a good sign.


With these players added to the Viking’s roster, the defense should now have enough talent with proper coaching to excel, and Mettenberger is everything that Norv Turner looks for in a Quarterback. Don’t forget to leave your opinions in the comments below, and follow me on twitter @jackmack28. As always, thanks for reading. Skol!



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  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    Bad trade with bad results. Why do the Titans want to move up? Carr or Barr, maybe both, would be available in any case. Too many late round CBs to make Gilbert reasonable at 11, maybe if it were Dennard. Plus we’re getting a free agent CB from somewhere. Mettenberger isn’t an early round two talent either when Garrapollo and Shazier could be available.

    • Jackson McIntire

      Titans move up to assure they get their man, whether its Barr, Carr(If they want to move on from Locker), or Mack. Gilbert is an elite talent, and after suffering through years of sub-par cornerback play, its about time we fix that. I and many others have Gilbert ranked above Dennard. As of right now that free-agent cornerback isn’t on the roster and it is no gurantee. Mettenberger was suppose to go in the 1st round before he tore his ACL, and after watching film its hard not to fall in love with him, ESPECIALLY as a fit in Norv Turner’s offense.

      • Anthony Chapman

        I happen to love your draft. I too like Gilbert and think Mettenberger may be a stud. I’ve said it all along, I trust Norv. If he absolutely loves one of the QBs at 8 then draft him. PLEASE don’t reach like we did with Ponder. If no QB then your draft is as plausible if not better than others. If Mettenberger is no good according to some on here why have I seen many mocks with Mettenberger going to the Raiders in the 2nd round BEFORE the Vikings pick?? Good job with your mock.

        • David Mallow

          Gilbert is the best DB in this Draft. That includes safeties.

          • Wayne Davis

            Agreed he exceeded in all combine stats …great across the board

      • Wayne Davis

        Interesting … There’s no way he makes it out of 2nd if the Vikes want him they’d have to grab him at 40? If he isn’t taking before

  • Wayne Davis

    #104..QB A.J. MCCARRON..ALAB
    #168..QB TAJH BOYD..CLEM

    • David Mallow

      Roby is a first round pick, book it. And McCarron will be a huge mistake.i didn’t like anything about him in college, and he didn’t change my mind at the combine. I like all the other picks you’ve made here though, especially Ross Cockrell. He will be a sleeper in this Draft

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    Worst drAft predictions ever heard no way no how they gotta quit shooting them selfs in the foot and it starts now with Zimmer at the helm. No draft that bad should be allowed on any reputable site. Start over man I got faith in u try again

    • Jackson McIntire

      Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I don’t believe you really gave my draft a chance. Gilbert is a stud, while Mettenberger was a 1st round prospect before tearing his ACL and his film backs it up.

    • Dan Wheeler

      ? Is English your first language? This is one of the more realistic mocks I’ve seen. Also, one of the best to fit our needs, especially if Telvin Smith can transition to Safety (2nd Rd talent). McCullers would definitely help the running game and take pressure off interior LBs. Phat Pat returns! We can have a “War Pig” again!

  • DJ Asmus

    You’re predictions have me JACKED UP!! I can’t wait ’til May 8th! SKOL!!

  • 3kolu

    I like Justin Gilbert in the first, but I’m h, but you have to look at Mettenberger’s film, he is not worth risking our second-rounder. We could get him in the third or fourth round. if we don’t make a play for Ryan Mallett. And, I prefer AJ McCarron with a mid-round pick. Hopefully, Ryan Shazier is available in the 2nd. Telvin Smith fits the need for speed at LB, but has a small frame. He will get washed out against a power running game.

    • Jackson McIntire

      I have watched a lot of film on Mettenberger, and I came away with the conclusion that he is a first round quarterback who will fall to the second or third round because of an acl injury. I am a big fan of him.

    • Jackson McIntire

      I have watched lots of film on Mettenberger, and I’ve concluded that he is a first-round prospect who will likely drop to the 2nd or 3rd round due to a torn acl. He can make all the throws, including throws into tight windows.

      • 3kolu

        Mettenberger wouldn’t have been a first-rounder in my opinion if he would’ve remained healthy. He was second or third rounder, with his career 61.8% passing completions with only 35 TD’s and 15 Ints, at best. With the ACL, he would be a huge reach in the second round because of his inconsistency. I believe he comes off the board in the third round at best, probably the fourth. I see McCarron coming off before Mettenberger and at this point I’d rather have McCarron. And, that’s if the Vikings can’t get Mallett for one of their third rounders.

  • Ken Tomlin

    I agree with the trading back, but I could see it being with the Jets or Ravens. Either of those 2 teams need a WR, and Adams from A&M would make sense. They’d need to jump in front of Bills & Lions. In either of those scenarios we’d get 2 picks( according to draft chart and Spielman wants 10 picks) a 2nd and 3rd in the ravens case. Then if Gilbert is still there( seriously doubt it) then take him. If not Dennard and/or Joyner should be. Not sold on Mett,though. Character is huge to me, and if QB gets kicked off a team, that raises a big red flag for me. I was on fence about Carr, but after watching his press conference, I’d love to have him. Great arm, mature, may need to work on his footwork, but we have Turner for that.

  • Zach Haugen

    I really like your draft man. We do a good job of filling positions of need. Although I think linebacker is really important so if we don’t plan on using Telvin Smith there I think we need to look there again early. We just need a guard then to begin the fourth and I love it.

  • Chad V

    I like the picks as is, but I think with the Vikes 30 million plus cap space they will hit up one of the big free agent CB’s. When that happens, our Linebacker Corps WOW needs help. I see our number 1 pick being Anthony Barr (Since Mack will be long gone with the trade down, even at 8) or ILB CJ Mosley. I like all other picks esp if Telvin Smith can play SS… Mettenberger, yea I like falling to round 2 for QB and I am sure Rick knows not to reach for a QB at 1 when you can get a sure think. CANNOT WAIT for the draft. All this speculation is crazy.

  • Nicholas Tozier

    I’m “okay” with Gilbert, but my Mock Draft wouldn’t touch any of your other picks. Hopefully I’ll get to share my mock on here in the near future…