If your team loses early in the postseason, and you have your own blog, then the reward is being able to turn your gaze towards the NFL Draft. So, with the Vikings getting a slap upside the head from Green Bay last weekend, I couldn’t help but update my mock.
Last time around I assigned Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to the Vikings. Since then, however, the Vikings success meant they worked themselves all the way down to the 23rd selection and the more I looked at Richardson the more I am convinced he will be long gone by that point.
I ended up taking Richardson off the board at the 11th spot (Chargers) and had to see how things worked themselves out by the time the Vikings were “on the clock” in my mock.
A number of interesting option still existed at 23, which is a good sign for when the real deal actually rolls around, and I was awfully tempted to consider North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon. While I think some quarterback-needy team might trade up to this point and try to grab Glennon, I just don’t see the Vikings realistically spending their first rounder on the quarterback position unless the coaching staff is suddenly and surprisingly dismissed… which won’t happen.
The Vikings will likely target a quarterback at some point in the Draft, but I highly doubt it’ll be that early, as they remain committed to developing Christian Ponder.
I did select someone on the offensive side of the football, however, and could help Ponder in his efforts to improve what has been a very lackluster passing game.
At #23, with USC’s Robert Woods the only other receiver selected prior, I assigned Tennessee product Cordarrelle Patterson to the Vikings. The rest of the mock can be looked over by clicking here.
He has great size at 6’ 3” and 205 pounds and impressive elusiveness and has helped quarterback Tyler Bray lead an impressive passing game. He has also contributed significantly by taking handoffs, returning punts, and returning kicks. Sound familiar?
He is a physical receiver capable of out jumping most defenders, and possesses the ability to consistently make any catch he can get his hands on. The only knock on Patterson is that he is still raw and needs to work on his route running, which is completely coachable.
For those unfamiliar with Patterson, here is a nice little highlight reel to get you familiarized. At the very least, take note of how his legs never stop churning… despite the ridiculously long strides this guy take: