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The Vikings have five picks today and we will be anxiously awaiting each announcement.
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There are some big name quarterbacks, headlined by USC’s Matt Barkley, still available on Day Three of the Draft. The Vikings have five remaining picks and plenty of areas in need of some depth.
My question for you is if there is a quarterback you would like to see drafted to join a depth chart that currently consists of Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, Joe Webb, and McLeod Bethel-Thompson. If so, which one, and please take to the comments section to let us know what round you want the Vikings to target your guy in.
With the trade to move back into the first round and select Cordarrelle Patterson sending a hefty number of picks to New England, the Vikings had no picks on Day Two. Today, however, they are armed with a fourth rounder (120), a fifth rounder (155), and sixth rounder (189), and two seventh rounders (213 & 214).
The Draft seems to be progressing in such a way that some percieved value seems to still be available at the quarterback, running back, defensive line and defensive back positions. Here are a few names to keep an eye on as the picks start coming in this afternoon:
Matt Barkley, QB, USC: If Barkley had declared for the 2012 NFL Draft a year ago, it is believed he would have easily been selected in the first round, shortly after Andrew Luck and RGIII. Now we know he will go no earlier than the fourth round. Barkley has some issues, but he is accurate enough to get a shot in the NFL, and the Vikings could really start a media storm by putting him on the roster behind Christian Ponder and company.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: A tough pocket passer that was rumored to be drawing first round interest. That obviously didn’t work out for him as he had hoped, but he could be a nice addition to someone’s depth chart.
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: Rick Spielman was impressed with the Arkansas passing game last year, when he selected wide outs Greg Childs and Jarius Wright, so perhaps he also likes their signal caller enough to take a late round flier on him.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: Seems like a great fit at left end for a 4-3 team with the talent to let a young guy sit on the depth chart and slowly grow and gain experience. The Vikings have had great success in recent years drafting fourth round defensive lineman, and while the depth chart is mighty crowded there, he could fit the bill to be their latest steal.
With three first round picks already in the fold, and another two days of the Draft left to play out, I am dusting of the ol’ “Welcome To The Big Show” feature which will detail each of our selections.
Floyd possesses a great mix of size and athleticism which will help him continue to be a versatile player as his career moves to the next level. He possesses a nice arsenal of pass rush moves and a very quick first step that could help the Vikings move the pocket against opposing offenses.
Weight: 297 pounds
Arm Length: 31 3/4″
Hand Size: 10 1/8″
Forty: 4.92 seconds
Vertical Jump: 30″
Broad Jump: 106″
3-Cone: 7.40 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.75 seconds
Floyd reportedly “tweaked” his ankle at the NFL’s Scouting Combine and he did not participate in Florida’s March 12th Pro Day. Ten days later he drew representatives from 14 NFL teams to a rescheduled workout where he put on an impressive display. Floyd chose to stand on his Combine numbers in regards to the timed drills, but he impressed onlookers by going through drill after drill with a certain tenaciousness.
“I wasn’t going to stop until he told me to stop,” Floyd said of the position drills. “I wasn’t going to say, ‘I’m done.’”
Floyd’s pro day was one of many positive steps in his pre-Draft regimen that had analysts believing he was a top-five prospect.
The Vikings are not currently scheduled to pick any player during the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft tonight, but we are still going to be hosting a live chat throughout.
We’ll be updating the site with in-depth articles of each Vikings selection tonight, and as the weekend wears on, but we’ll also be looking to interact with our favorite readers in the Draft Chat.
The Vikings made three first round selections Thursday night, but they added a fourth in the form of defensive end Lawrence Jackson who was selected by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2008 Draft. The Seahawks selected tight end John Carlson in the second round of that Draft and he is also on the current roster of the Vikings.
The deal for Jackson is reportedly of the one-year variety and he joins an already crowded depth chart that also saw rookie Sharrif Floyd added to it on Thursday night. The hope is that this move is an attempt to have a top-notch rotation along the line, and not a sign that either Jared Allen or Brian Robison have more serious shoulder injuries than the team has let on.
He has generated 98 tackles, 19.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two recoveries in his five seasons with the Seahawks and Lions. As another USC product joining the Vikings, Rick Spielman has continued to display an affinity for players coming out of that program.