FanSided Featured on National Football Post Mock Draft Analysis


December 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin (1) looks on from the sidelines against the Kansas Jayhawks during the fourth quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 59-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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."

On Trufant:

"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.

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