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Hello, everybody. Brett here back from the dead. I apologize for being so M.IA. lately… “Real life” stuff has been non-stop and it’s been difficult to find time to even think about football. I’ve stayed in the loop as much as I can and have been lurking but just really haven’t had time to contribute. Hopefully things will be slowing down though as the 2013 draft ramps up and I can dedicate more time here.

I’m back today with an updated Mock Draft. This is my second of the year and I’m feeling a little bit better about this one. My last one was posted all the way back in January and [obviously] there were still a lot of unknowns at that point. Of course, there are still unknowns. But at least we’ve gotten through important events that could impact things come draft day like free agency, the combine and some pro days.

This is also the first mock I’ve done since we acquired pick 1.25 from the Seahawks as a result of the Harvin trade. Boy, does having two first round back-t0-back picks sure make things exciting!

There are a lot of different directions the Vikings can go come April 25th and I think the signing of Greg Jennings and the addition of pick #25 really opens things up for the Vikings and they are no longer pidgeon-holed into basically having to go wide receiver in the first round.

Nevertheless, that is exactly what I did. What happened with pick #25 I’m sure you all will find a little more interesting.

I’ll just say this – the closer and closer I got to mocking the Vikings picks, the more I realized that there is a lot of great talent that could potentially fall to us. And there are a lot of different routes we can take.

Of course, it’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen a month from today but it sure is fun to try. Click here to check out my new mock draft and make sure to let me know what you think. Good to be back.

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The first mock draft of the offseason is really just a shot in the dark. There are so many unknowns at this point. Who’s actually going to declare at the draft? What will their combine performance be? What kind of scandals/off-the-field issues will take place?

But still, putting these things together are fun. It starts to familiarize everybody with a lot of the names we’ll be hearing for the new few months. It gets us acquainted with some of the opportunities the Vikings may have when they are on the clock for the first time at #23 (unless they trade up, of course). They serve as a starting point for discussion regarding what the Vikings should try and do in the draft.

All around, they’re just a good time.

By the time Adam and I put out our final drafts for 2012 though, I’d say we both did pretty good. As Adam mentioned in his mock draft, we both held strong to our belief that the Vikings would select Matt Kalil with their first pick (despite the endless amounts of rumors floating around up to the very start of the draft). We didn’t guess spot-on for a lot of teams (I had maybe 6-7?) but, for the most part, the draft panned out a lot like we thought it would.

Who knows what the Vikings are going to do this time. Picking at #23 is going to make things a lot more difficult to guess. When you are at #3 (or #4 if you trade down…) it’s a lot easier to surmise what the team is going to do. There are only two other players taken before it’s your turn. In our case this year, there are 22 players that will be taken off the board before we get our turn to select. Talk about endless possibilities.

So, let’s get to what I have in my first mock draft, shall we?

The first thing you’ll probably notice is that I have more quarterbacks being selected in the first round than most people do. In fact, I have two quarterbacks going in the top ten. (Mel Kiper doesn’t even have a quarterback going in the first round!) Sure, a lot of people are going to tell you that there is not a quarterback in this year’s draft class worth the number one pick. Or a top five pick. Or a top ten pick even. I’d agree with them looking at it objectively. But the truth is, a lot of these teams that are desperate for an answer at the quarterback position are not looking at it objectively. They’re looking at it hopefully. They are taking a chance and hoping that the guy they like will be the answer and the future for their franchise. And just like the Vikings did by selecting Christian Ponder much earlier than everybody thought, I believe there are a couple of teams that are so desperate for someone at the quarterback position, they will use their first round pick to try and find that center piece for their offense.

The second thing you’ll notice… Well, let’s just be honest. You scrolled straight to see who the Vikings selected. Okay, let’s talk about my selection for the Vikings.

Terrance Williams 2013 Draft

“With the twenty third pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select wide receiver Terrance Williams, Baylor.”

So, like Adam, I have also selected a wide receiver for the Vikings with their first pick. I have to be really up front and honest with you, I’m not really happy about the selection and was pretty torn when making it.

Here’s the deal: I think there are 4-5 receivers the Vikings could take at this spot that would almost be [hypothetically] interchangeable. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I’m not sure that there is a true #1 receiver in this year’s draft class – a sure thing. Somebody who can start day 1 and instantly provide the Vikes with another weapon and someone who can stretch the field. The problem is that, much like the quarterback situation outlined above, I think teams are also more likely to reach on players that they think can somehow provide a spark for them offensively – the playmakers.

In the case of my mock draft, I think there are some guys the Vikings could get better value for at positions of need but we just need a wide receiver so dang bad. There are two or three defensive tackles I think would be great for the  Vikings at this spot. But, realistically, I don’t think the Vikings leave the first round without a wide receiver.

But let’s talk about Terrance Williams for a second because I don’t want to sell him short, I do like what I see from him.

Terrance Williams is a guy who, at 6’2″ and 205 pounds, plays physical and can go up and make a play on the ball. He isn’t blazing fast but he is a straight-line runner who can stretch the field and use his larger frame to overpower and shield off defenders. One of Williams biggest concerns is his route running (as he primarily ran go routes) and his tendency to try and catch the ball with his body.  Those shortcomings are coachable though and Williams has the physical traits to potentially be the type of threat the Vikings could use.

While this is the first wide receiver I have the Vikings taking in my mock draft, I do not think it will be the last. I would not be surprised if the Vikings took upwards of three wide receivers this year. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if we are looking at a radically different receiving corp in 2013. In fact, I suspect it.

Make sure to check out the scouting video of Terrance Williams below. Also, here are a couple of names I toyed with putting in that #23 spot instead of Williams:

John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Robert Woods, WR, USC
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Brett’s 2013 Mock Draft v1.0

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This week’s Coin Toss segment comes a little earlier due to the subject matter of the “debate” coupled with the fact that the 2012 NFL Draft is tonight. There is no real argument this week. Instead, we thought it would be fun to list both of our final mock drafts side by side for comparison and have you all vote on which one you think will have the most correct picks. After the draft is over, we will follow up and report back with whose mock was actually more accurate. Alright, so no back-and-forth banter this week. Just check out our first round picks and then participate in the poll below.

Team

1. Indianapolis
2. Washington
3. Minnesota
4. Cleveland
5. Tampa Bay
6. St. Louis
7. Jacksonville
8. Miami
9. Carolina
10. Buffalo
11. Kansas City
12. Seattle
13. Arizona
14. Dallas
15. Philadelphia
16. New York Jets
17. Cincinnati
18. San Diego
19. Chicago
20. Tennessee
21. Cincinnati
22. Cleveland
23. Detroit
24. Pittsburgh
25. Denver
26. Houston
27. New England
28. Green Bay
29. Baltimore
30. San Francisco
31. New England
32. New York Giants

Adam’s Picks

Andrew Luck, QB
Robert Griffin III, QB
Matt Kalil, OT
Trent Richardson, RB
Morris Claiborne, CB
Justin Blackmon, WR
Kendall Wright, WR
Ryan Tannehill, QB
Fletcher Cox, DT
Riley Reiff, OT
Luke Kuechly, MLB
Melvin Ingram, DE
Michael Floyd, WR
Mark Barron, S
Michael Brockers, DT
Quinton Coples, DE
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
David DeCastro, G
Amini Silaolu, G
Dontari Poe, DT
Whitney Mercilus, DE
Stephen Gilmore, CB
Jonathan Martin, OT
Chandler Jones, DE
Reuben Randle, WR
Nick Perry, DE
Courtney Upshaw, OLB
Harrison Smith, S
Cordy Glenn, G
Janoris Jenkins, CB
Shea McClellin, OLB
Doug Martin, RB

Brett’s Picks

Andrew Luck, QB
Robert Griffin III, QB
Matt Kalil, OT
Trent Richardson, RB
Morris Claiborne, CB
Justin Blackmon, WR
Michael Floyd, WR
Ryan Tannehill, QB
David DeCastro, OG
Riley Reiff, OT
Fletcher Cox, DT
Melvin Ingram, DE
Luke Kuechly, MLB
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
Stephon Gilmore, CB
Kendall Wright, WR
Quinton Coples, DE
Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB
Jonathan Martin, OT
Peter Konz, C
Mark Barron, S
Mike Adams, OT
Janoris Jenkins, CB
Michael Brockers, DT
Cordy Glenn, OG
Stephen Hill, WR
Dontari Poe, DT
Nick Perry, DE
Dont’a Hightower, ILB
Reuben Randle, WR
Whitney Mercilus, DE
Harrison Smith, S

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Well, this is it, ladies and gentleman. We are less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2012 NFL Draft. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to get my final mock draft up before it all begins. I still have the Vikings taking Kalil tomorrow but after that, there are quite a few changes. Because of a lack of time and the work we’re doing to prepare for the live chat tomorrow, I wasn’t able to include any analysis this time around.

So, go check it out and leave your opinion/criticism in the comments there or the comments on this post.

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Just wanted to let everyone here know that I made some major changes to my mock draft including the final draft order, free agency pick-ups and trades. While the Vikings pick hasn’t changed, you all might be excited to see the corner backs that fall to the second round.

To view the mock draft, click here. Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts, feedback, etc… in the comments.

Only 31 more days left until the draft –  April 26th just can’t come soon enough.

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