Minnesota Vikings

On the clock: Baltimore Ravens, Pick: 7.32


General Manager: @DB_JoshD

PickOverallChoiceNotes
1.2323Xavier Rhodes, CB
from Florida State
Rhodes is the kind of CB the Vikings like to play on the outside due to his size/physicality and ball skills. He makes a great pairing with Chris Cook as the starting 2. He allows Winfield to play at his (now) most natural spot at nickel CB where Robinson can shadow and help keep Winfield's snap count low. Rhodes also gives the Vikings some leeway when they have to start negotiating a new contract with Cook next year. This move greatly improves the secondary while giving the team leverage at the position in the future.
2.2252Justin Hunter, WR
from Tennessee
The Vikings need to add weapons on offense and adding Hunter gives them a big one on the outside. He's a physical marvel from his size to his speed. The reason he falls so far is because of a rough season recovering from a knee injury and some mental lapses, but it just means the Vikings get a prospect with some upside without having to spend as much. Matching Hunter with Harvin/Rudolph/Wright is the start to rebuilding the WR corps in Minnesota.
3.1678Kiko Alonso, ILB
from Oregon
Much like the first two picks, Alonso is a big, athletic football player who fits great with what the Vikings are looking for at the position. He attacks down hill in the run game, but still has the fluidity to move around in coverage. Kiko is big (6'3" 242) but looks like he could add even more weight to his frame. His size and athleticism allow him the diversity of being able to play any LB position for the Vikings, but his best spot is likely on the outside, opposite Greenway in both base D and in nickel.
4.0599Aaron Dobson, WR
from Marshall
Dobson is another big receiving weapon to add to the arsenal. Like Hunter, he has size (6'3" 210) and speed to beat defenses deep. Dobson does a great job of setting up CBs with his routes and attacking the football while in the air. One of his most impressive traits is how well he can control his body to make the hard catches. He's a big time competitor who helps to continue to rebuild the depth at WR.
5.13139Kwame Geathers, DT
from Georgia
Geathers is projected as a 3-4 NT, but he has more than enough ability to also play nose in a 4-3 like the Vikings. His wide frame and strength help him eat space and push the LOS backwards. He would be able to jump into the rotation at NT right away, possibly taking the majority of snaps by the time his first season is up.
6.01159Ace Sanders, WR
from South Carolina
Will Harvin get traded? I'm not 100% sure it will happen, but that doesn't mean he is staying on the roster for more than a year or two either. The Vikings aren't going to simply replace Harvin, but Sanders can handle return duties from day 1 on both KO and Punts and is likely to take his fair share of snaps in the slot when the Vikings decide to spread the D out. Adding Hunter, Dobson, and Sanders gives the Vikings the opportunity to let Simpson, Jenkins, and Armomashadu go and increase the talent level of the offensive weapons by a lot frankly.
6.21179Vince Williams, ILB
from Florida State
Vince Williams showed up big at the Senior Bowl practices/game. He plays fast downhill and can work through the trash in the middle of the field to track the ball and lay the big hit in the run game. He also has the athleticism to work the middle zone in the Vikings Cover-2 base D.
7.07197Jack Doyle, TE
from Western Kentucky
Doyle is another big weapon to add to the offense. He's a big receiver at TE who has plenty of experience In-line blocking. He has really good hands and is capable of beating LB/S down the seam. IMO, he's good enough to get snaps from Carlson year one and start over him in a year.

Trade Details
Pick
4.05NFL: from Lions for LB Tahir Whitehead and LB Travis Lewis
2012 Draft Trade
6.08NFL: from Titans for DE Scott Solomon
2012 Draft Trade - Pick traded to Cardinals
7.07NFL: from Cardinals for AJ Jefferson Trade

3.16#MockOne: from Rams for pick(s): 3.21,5.22
5.13#MockOne: from Steelers for pick(s): 4.23 from Dolphins for pick(s): 5.17,3.17,2.18
6.01#MockOne: from Jaguars for pick(s): 6.12,7.23