OK, I finally took some time and got this done, even though I'm still waiting on my "Ourlads" scouting report.
For those of you who haven't seen one of my mocks, the following is provided to help understand the process I use:
a. I pick one site for player projections. This year I used the Drafteck this year, mostly because it gives pretty good player breakdowns. Instead of your usual DE, DT, OLB drivel, it actually gives you if they are a "Will, Sam or Mike" backer in a 4-3 scheme or a WILB, SILB, in a 3-4 scheme. In short, if you don't like were a player is ranked/projected, don't try to argue it with me. Take it up with Draftek.
Drafttek Big Board
b. Just like the "Big Board", I like to pick one site and use them as my "Scouts". This year I picked CDS. Not only do they give good player breakdowns that ring true with alot of the stuff they are saying on NFLN, but they also give you were they believe the kid should be drafted. Helps me balance out the "Big Board" a bit and keeps me from picking players that "I" like.
On a side note, if I can't find a player on CDS, I used FFtoolbox as a backup "Scout". Could have used others, but I actually will post this whole mock on that site (with a few changes) once I get my "Ourlads".
c. Last, but not the least, I like to take the BPA approach, based on "Teams Needs" when I draft. Again, helps me from skewing the draft one way or another. For that, I used my "Team needs" thread as a guide for who/what each team drafts. That is made up of alot of time spent coming the wires looking for who teams bring in, what teams might loose in FA (if we ever have one) etc etc etc.
Team Needs, Pre-draft
Having said all of that, here we go. Comments are welcome and encouraged.
Vikings Picks - 9 (None in the 3rd)
1st round, 12th pick (#12 overall)
2nd round, 11th pick (#43 overall)
4th round, 9th pick
5th round, 8th pick
5th round, 19th pick (from NY Giants)
6th round, 7th pick
6th round, 35th pick
7th round, 13th pick
7th round, 35th pick
Players selected with rationale/scouting report/projection. Again, all scouting reports are from the links mentioned above.
1rst Jake Locker, QB (Ranked 32nd - Reach)
CDS Projects as a 1rst round pick and Has him ranked as 4th best QB behind Gabber, Newton and Mallet. Based on visits, it appears to me that Miami and Seattle will take Locker with their first round picks.
2nd Marvin Austin, DT (Ranked 68th)
Jake Locker came back for a fifth season in 2010 after possibly being the number one overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft had he declared. One of the top athletes at the quarterback position. Great speed, acceleration, and toughness for a quarterback. A difficult runner to bring down, as he's a physical runner but has the speed to turn the corner and outrace defenders down the field. A very effective dual-threat quarterback who puts pressure on a defense with his athleticism. Throws with good accuracy on the move. A former high school baseball player who was drafted twice in the MLB Draft, including by the Angels in the 10th Round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Threw a 90+ mph fastball as a high school pitcher. This is evident as a passer, as he has the arm strength and velocity to make any throw on the football field. Throws with great zip. Quick release. Has improved his accuracy each year, although the numbers don't say so (his receivers had numerous drops in 2010). His decision making has also improved, as his interception totals have gone down each season. Has a good feel in the pocket, as he has the feet to escape pressure and has the athleticism to make plays out of the pocket and as a scrambler. Lead several late game drives for victories. Showed that he can make plays on key downs and in key situations. Locker has responded well after poor performances, showing great resiliency. Played with sub-par talent and the Huskies were almost always had less talent than the opposition, yet Locker was able to get 12 victories in his final two season (including going 9-5 over his last 14 starts of his career). A very tough player who played with pain for most of his career. A great leader who also has great character, Locker will be very well received by the team who selects him.
A raw passer who is more of an athlete than a quarterback at this time. Locker played in a Wing T offense in high school and a Spread offense his first three seasons at UW. His production never matched his talent. Needs to set his feet as a passer more consistently. Inconsistent with his accuracy because of this. Still working on becoming quicker with reading defenses. Needs to be a quicker decision maker as a passer. Stares down his receivers at times. Has struggled against better competition. Locker has had multiple injuries, forcing him to miss parts of every season but 2009. Missed part of 2007 with a concusion. Missed most of 2008 with a broken finger. Played most of 2010 with a broken rib, including missing one game.
First Round. Because of his physical skills, leadership, and high character, Locker will be selected in the first half of the First Round, possibly in the Top 10.
CDS Projects as a 1rst round pick and has him ranked 3rd behind Dareus and Fairley. Would rather have taken Paea Liguit or Taylor but they are all gone.
Very athletic for his size. Extremely versatile. Can play all DL positions except 3-4 NT. Big play specialist. Explosive get off for his body type. Strong hands. Gets solid pressure as a pass rusher from the DT slot, and holds his own as a run stuffer at DE. Can be considered a coveted 3-4, 5-tech candidate. Very good COD and lateral agility for a 300+ pounder. Might even be employed at OLB in some schemes or specialty situational alignments. Can be moved all over the field.
Not a true brawler, and does not seem to relish the trenches. Will definitely need to be fully evaluated from a psychological/maturity standpoint. Indifferent worker who may need to be constantly monitored and motivated. May be a press-clipping guy. Has not played competitively for a long time.
1st round based on strong performance at Shrine Bowl
4th Terrence Toliver, WR (Ranked 127th)
CDS has him rated with 2nd round talent, but projects him as a late 3rd early 4th because of attitude issues.
5th Nate Irving, OLB (Ranked 117th)
Toliver is mature and polished, with great size, solid speed, good bulk, and extremely long arms and despite length he has the quickness to play outside in the NFL. Toliver will make the tough catches. Perfect skill set to be a red-zone threat because of his size and jumping ability. He has developed into an effective stalk and down-field blocker.
A character ding when he was arrested for disturbing the peace and public intoxication in Spring 2010. Somehow he has not always shown up even when facing somewhat inferior competition. Not as explosive coming out of his beaks as you'd prefer. Despite all has talent he has only taken over a handful of games.
Toliver has early 2nd round talent but 6th round production and must answer to an off-the-field question, he will likely fall to the late third or early-mid 4th round.
CDS has him as the 10th best OLB and projects him as a 3rd round pick. Injury issues remaining from a car accident limited his play which causes him to slide a bit in the draft.
5th Jalil Brown, FS/CB (Ranked 138th)
Dynamic, instinctual, physical, fast and tough. Has some big play ability. Very intense and driven. Will run and chase down backs and receivers. Worker to whom the game is important. Fights through trash effectively. Solid leader. Good blitzer. Will stay with receivers in the flat and on crossing patterns and is aware in coverage. Will pick off a lot of passes and change games. Can make a living in the opponent's backfield, if you like, and is an ideal rush OLB candidate. Has some versatility. A true football player.
Took awhile to come all the way back from the car accident, was obviously not himself early during the 2010 season, and will need to be fully checked out physically. Not the biggest guy around. Emotions can sometimes get the best of him. Best when not too encumbered with responsibilities.
CDS has him as the 14th best CB and projects him as 4th talent. Other boards project him as a FS. He slips cause he is a tweener. I picked him because he can play both and depending on what they do with Hussain, and injury issues at CB, I thought he was a good value pick.
6th Virgil Green, TE (Ranked 82nd - Good Value)
Good size and speed, and tremendous strength for a DB. Decent athlete with the necessary agility for the position at the next level. Played on the "hot corner" opposite Jimmy Smith (who was rarely tested) so many passes came his way, and he held up well. Prefers press coverage, where he gets a nice jam at the line, and can stay with his man in bump- and-run. Will give up some completions, but has a short memory and comes back to battle on the next play.
Not an elite athlete like Smith. Not a physical tackler despite his tremendous weightroom strength. Doesn't break down well, catches ballcarriers rather than attacking them, and at times seems to shy away from contact.
Mid to late-round pick who should stick on a roster because NFL teams can never get enough cover guys. If he played the run as well as he plays the pass, could be a second-round pick.
****Played very well at the Bowl and had a nice combine/pro day. Stock is rising.
Value pick here as I don't think TE is a real issue this year. Just wasn't anything of value at this pick that I would consider taking. In short, this should be considered the BPA. CDS has him as the 4th best TE and projects him to go in the 5th round but could go as early as the 4th if teams think he can add the bulk to become an effective blocker as well as a reciever.
6th Owen Marecic, FB (Ranked 95th - Another Value pick)
Excellent strength and conditioning - played in 49 games in his college career. Great speed and target as receiver - will win most LB match-ups. Runs well after the catch with good balance. Very good hands with ability to make tough catches. Agile and mobile - able to get quickly to second level and get the block. Experienced special teams player.
Size may be an issue for a run-oriented attack, however, he has the frame to add mass. Blocks straight-ahead adequately, but needs to demonstrate ability against elite ends to move-up in the draft.
5th round. Third fastest TE 40 at Combine; best VJ at 42.5" and great BJ at 10'10" - could be mid 4th round at best.
CDS has him as the 3rd best FB on the board. Again, as with TE, I don't see this as a big need this year but this guy is exactly what the team needs when it comes to the FB position. Old School, no neck, knee bender who will work his ass off in the blocking game but won't be, much to most on here's chagrin, considered a offensive threat. For me, I still don't think the Vikes us the FB in that mode anyways.
7th Tejay Johnson, FS (Ranked 224th)
Marecic is an old school football player with great toughness, physicalness, and competitiveness. Takes great angles to make his blocks. Not afraid of contact and is aggressive in dishing out blocks. Delivers a nice pop on contact to shock the defender. Tries to block multiple defenders on the same play. Clears lanes for ball carriers and can make blocks inside as well as out in space and on the second level. Tough runner who'll find can sniff the first down marker or end zone well. Good hands as a receiver with enough fluidity in his routes to come up with the catch and turn upfield.
Does not possess great athletic ability. Good but not great strength, Marecic will find it difficult to root out bigger linebacker at the next level. Not much of a threat as a runner. As a receiver, he will not be able to separate from linebackers in man coverage because of his limited athleticism.
Fourth rounder. Marecic's toughness, intelligence, and blocking ability will give him a chance to start from day one as a fullback.
CDS didn't have this guy in their database so I went to fftoolbox (second url) for the scouting report. Again, another tweener that slips, not because of talent but because of numbers as a result of the team around him. I picked him because, like Brown, I thought he filled two roles and quite frankly, there wasn't much left to choose from on the big board other than a few Kickers. I almost plugged one in here by the way.
7th Doug Hogue, OLB (Ranked 199th)
For the last three years TCU has led the nation in total defense. For the last three years Tejay Johnson has been the leader of that defense. The 6-1, 212 pound safety was one of just four true freshman to see action in 2007. As a backup free safety, Johnson earned some valuable experience. The Horned Frogs needed Johnson to develop quickly and step into a starting role in 2008. After missing the season opener with an injury, Johnson was slotted into the starting lineup and immediately emerged as a leader on the field. During his sophomore season Johnson tallied 47 tackles and a team high ten pass breakups.
Johnson took the next step in 2009 when he totaled 59 tackles, including an impressive 14 stops against BYU, and three interceptions. For his efforts Johnson was named to the All-Mountain West Conference Second-Team. Johnson continued to play very well during his senior season and had a career high 66 tackles. Johnson also picked off three passes and forced three fumbles.
Johnson is not your typical safety. He is certainly a big hitter, but he did not rack up tackles like many safeties do in college. Part of that is because Johnson is a great coverage safety and part of it is because the TCU defense is too good to allow the opposition to get into the secondary before they get tackled. Johnson is a superb leader on the field and has great instincts, but he will need to have some good pre-draft workouts to move out of the sixth to seventh round range.
CDS has him as the 15th best OLB and projects him as a 6th round pick. I picked him for two reasons, 1) we might need LB'rs if they can't resign Erin Henderson and 2) the kid has a lot of upside. Should provide instant help on ST's and could develop into a very good OLB in a couple of years.
Just really coming into his own as a defender, and is young with plenty of upside. A real upfield penetrator who makes a lot of plays in the backfield. Instinctive and tough. Flows to where the action is, and is a solid tackler. Can play in reverse and shows above average pass defense capabilities. All around package for an NFL WILL.
New to the position. A little bit tightly wound. May have a learning curve and may get deked a lot and find himself out of position a lot. One year wonder as a LB.
5-6th rounder. A real sleeper. Late chart climber