Minnesota Vikings

On the clock: Houston Texans, Pick: 7.41


General Manager: @DB_JoshD
Assistant GM: @DarrenPage15
Assistant GM: @persondaniel
Assistant GM: @Ryan_Boser

PickOverallChoiceNotes
1.1717Blake Bortles, QB
from UCF
After trading down from 8, Bortles had been our target and we're happy to get him here. Bortles working under Norv's tutelage will be able to grow and work through any mechanical issues while putting him in a position to work within the skill set he currently possesses. Being able to trade down, turn 4.08 into 2.18, and get a QB that fits Norv's preferences made our war room very happy.
2.1648Terrence Brooks, FS
from Florida State
The Vikings secondary has been a huge issue for years and things finally started changing for the better once Harrison Smith arrived and the back-end safety talent improved. Pairing Smith with the CB fluid and rangy S Brooks helps shore up the back-end of Zimmer's new D. Brooks is considered a hybrid safety, starting games at SS (8) and FS (18) showing his former CB skills and a penchant for coming downhill against the run. Will push Sanford for PT early & hopefully light a fire under the Sanford/Raymond/Sendejo/Blanton's on the roster.
2.1850Kareem Martin, DE
from North Carolina
Another hybrid defender for Zimmer to add to his DL rotation. Kareem is a 6'6" 272 athletic specimen who is considered by some teams to be athletic enough to develop as a 3-4 OLB, but his best fit will be as a 4-3 DE who can also move inside in nickel situations. That size/speed/versatility is just what Zimmer is looking for.
3.0872Bashaud Breeland, CB
from Clemson
Breeland is a CB that was brought up in the War Room much earlier in the process and feels like the right time to get him here. Bashaud "Bash" Breeland (I made up the nickname) is a rangy, physical corner who will compete to be the 3rd CB off the bench and allows Captain to move inside in nickel situations.
3.3296Christian Kirksey, OLB
from Iowa
Linebacker is one of the biggest holes on the Vikings roster and we are pleased to get Kirksey here. Has the ability to be a 3 down OLB for Vikings without having to come off the field in nickel situations. Was often used as a nickel defender while at Iowa, so going against TEs, RBs, and big slot WRs wont be a new challenge for him. Happy to add a big, athletic LB this late while helping solidify the front 7.
4.08108Jon Halapio, OG
from Florida
With the recent run on guards, we wanted to get one we could develop in our system without forcing him into action to early. Halapio played last season recovering from a pec injury that he played through the previous season. Thats tough, especially for a lineman. Went he's healthy, Halapio is even stronger and can toss OLmen around. Since Johnson was given an extension (and Baca will likely be given every chance to compete), this would give Halapio a season to develop (ala Fusco), learn the trade, then take over for Johnson either some point during the season or next year.
5.08148Preston Brown, ILB
from Louisville
6.08184Marion Grice, RB
from Arizona State
Vikings need a RB to back up All Day and Grice is a nice compliment to AD. Grice is a known pass catching playmaker out of the back field and Norv is looking to throw a few more passes to the RB. Grice can also be a backup returner and has 39 TDs while not fumbling once in 406 touches while at ASU.
7.08223TJ Jones, WR
from Notre Dame
A WR prospect with big upside. He falls this far because he doesn't have elite top end speed or explosiveness, but everything else from natural skills (10" hands, short area quicks) to developed skills (route running, pass catching, & football IQ) are top notch for being a potentially productive WR in the NFL.

Trade Details
Pick
3.32NFL: from Seahawks for for Percy Harvin
1.17#MockOne: from Ravens for pick(s): 1.19,4.08
2.16#MockOne: from Ravens for pick(s): 2.08
2.18#MockOne: from Dolphins for pick(s): 1.08
4.08#MockOne: from Ravens for pick(s): 2.08 from Vikings for pick(s): 1.17