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Minnesota Vikings 7 Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft | February Edition

The second 7 round Vikings mock has arrived. Each month up until draft day we’ll continue to bring you updated 7 rounders focusing on the wants and needs of the Vikings. While it will be painful to not have a round 1 pick in 2017, the class is thick and if Minnesota plays their cards right they could take advantage of having two 3rds and two 4th round picks and hopefully improve this team enough to get them into the playoffs.

Round 2 – Dan Feeney G, Indiana

I think any offensive tackle worth taking at this spot will be off the board, next up? Guard. Feeney is about as good as the Vikes could hope for as an option 2. He should be a day 1 starter and pairing up with Alex Boone give the Vikings a pretty solid duo of starting guards.

Round 3 (from Dolphins) – Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU

Pocic has been a hot name around the Vikings as of late. Pocic can play center OR guard, but would most likely find his home at center for the Vikings. Easily the top center in this years draft class, he has been a leader for the LSU Tigers throughout his entire career and could be the guy (along with Feeney above) that the Vikings are looking for to whoop this group into shape.


Round 3 – Kareem Hunt RB, Toledo

Hunt help solidify himself as one of the top running backs in the draft after his 115 yard performance during the Senior Bowl. One of the smarter backs in this years crop, does everything well and has good size at 6’0, 225 lbs. Hunt has the makeup to be an everydown back and would be a great counterpart to McKinnon.

Round 4 (from Dophins) – Roderick Johnson OT, Florida St.

I think the Vikings have a legit shot at re-signing Kalil AND will make a splash at the tackle position in free agency, which is why I have the tackle selection sliding to round 4. Johnson, once seen as a sure 1st round pick has watched his stock drop a bit, but is more than worthy of this 4th round selection and could add instant depth and push for a starting spot as early as his 2nd year in the league.

Round 4 – Eddie Jackson S, Alabama

Adding another young to the safety mix would be a good idea for the Vikings. They have Smith who is one of the best, and Sendejo who had his best year as a pro in 2016. But behind them they have some unproven and shaky youngsters in Harris/Kearse/Exum. Jackson is a ball hawk who racked up 10 INTs in 38 games at Alabama, also is a dynamic punt returner.

Round 5 – Noah Brown WR, Ohio St.

As of now the only sure things at receiver for the Vikings are Diggs, Theilen (yes he will be re-signed), and Treadwell. After that…. we got nothing but a bunch of question marks. Nobody will be shocked if the Vikings look for a receiver in rounds 5 OR earlier. Brown hasn’t done a ton stat wise in college but has the size, speed, and athleticism you want. He can play receiver, special teams, and even play out of the backfield (which could fill a void if Patterson bolts).

Round 6 – Charles Walker DE/DT, Oklahoma

Versatile lineman who can play any spot along the defensive line. Had a big 2015 season racking up 6 sacks but has proven to be inconsistent and will need a coach like Zimmer who can light a fire under him. Walker is a tough guy to predict… he could go anywhere from round 4 to undrafted.

Round 7 – Paul Magloire LB, Arizona

Magloire turned heads at the East/West Shrine game and no secret the Vikings need additional depth at linebacker. He would be seen as more than a project pick, which Minnesota is known for making in the later rounds. Has played all over the field and could give Zimmer options for the future.


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Chuck Clark Interview | Virginia Tech Safety

DraftSeason: What do you feel is the number 1 trait a defensive back needs to have?
Chuck Clark: The number one trait a defensive back is he MUST have is confidence

DraftSeason: Which part of your game will you be working on the most in the coming months leading up to the draft?
Chuck Clark: Leading up to the draft the biggest area I will be working on it being a student of the game and learning how to treat my body like a professional.

DraftSeason: At 6’0 what do you say to the people who question your size?
Chuck Clark: I never really felt my size was a problem and if people do question it I sure don’t because when the clock starts everyone is the same size in my eyes no back seems too big or wide receiver seems too tall. Mentally as long as you believe your big enough that’s all that matters and your tape proves it.

DraftSeason: You have played since your freshman year and have seen your share of star offensive players, who will go down as the best you faced?
Chuck Clark: I would say it’s a 3 way ties just due to the different things these players do and they are Braxton Miller, Zay Jones, and James Conner.

DraftSeason: Who is the next up and comer at Virginia Tech that we should keep our eyes on?
Chuck Clark: Coming out of Virginia Tech I would say keep a eye on Mook Reynolds and The Edmunds Brothers Tremaine and Terrell.

DraftSeason: Any predictions for your 40 time at the up coming NFL Combine?
Chuck Clark: As of right now i’m projecting to run anywhere in the 4.4s.

DraftSeason: Best part about being part of the Hokie family?
Chuck Clark: The best part about being in Hokie Nation is the history of tradition and family atmosphere you see old players come back and coach, fans continuous support over the years whether you are still a player or not and the Pride.

DraftSeason: Sum up your style of play using just one word.
Chuck Clark: Field General

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Josh Jones Interview | North Carolina St. Safety

How hard was it to give up your final year at NC State to enter the NFL Draft?
It was very hard.. leaving my brothers at NC state. The bond myself and some of the guys built, we’re really like blood brothers.

What do you feel is your greatest strength AND weakness?
My greatest strength is me being a versatile safety. However, I don’t feel like I have any weakness. Every part of my game should be worked constantly and that’s my daily goal to be better than I was the previous day.

What are you most excited about showcasing at the NFL Combine?
My God given abilities.

If you had the choice, which NFL quarterback would you want your first INT to come against?
Tom Brady

Best offensive player you have had the chance to play against?
Mike Williams, Clemson

Greatest influence in your football life?
My mother, single parent. Did a great job of raising myself and my brother. Providing for us everything we needed.

What can we find you doing on an off day?
Relaxing. Watching a movie. I love movies.

Sum up your style of play using 1 word.
Relentless

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Minnesota Vikings

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Laquon Treadwell WR, Ole Miss

Analysis – Treadwell had just one catch for the Vikings his rookie season.  He didn’t see the field much, but when he did he often looked confused.
Score – 0/5

Round 2 -Mackensie Alexander CB, Clemson

Analysis – Alexander appeared in 13 games, but made just five tackles.  He ended up getting hurt and hitting I.R.
Score – .25/4

Round 4 Willie Beavers OT, Western Michigan

Analysis – Beavers was so bad, he was cut in the preseason.  He was later signed to the practice squad and eventually appeared in two games after the Vikings were down to 4th stringers.
Score – 0/2

Round 5 – Kentrell Brothers LB, Mizzou

Analysis – Brothers was active for 10 games and had 9 tackles.  He gets just a hair of love for that.
Score – .25/1

Round 6 – Mortiz Boehringer WR, Germany Unicorns

Analysis – Boehringer was a fun Draft Day story but that may be all he’ll ever be.
Score – 0/0

Round 6 – David Morgan TE, Texas San-Antonio

Analysis – With one catch and a 12 yard kick return, Morgan was sadly one of the Vikings most productive rookies.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Stephen Weatherly DE, Vanderbilt

Analysis – Weatherly appeared in two games and had one glorious tackle.  That’s great but to get points he needed to suit up for a few more games.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Jayron Kearse S, Clemson

Analysis – Kearse became a preseason darling after a big game against the Bengals.  Though he was active every game and even started one, he couldn’t carry over that success to the regular season.
Score – .25/0

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   0.75/12 | 6% | F

Analysis: I’m not 100% sure, but this may be the lowest grade I’ve ever given out in all my years of doing D.G.A.D.s.  I secrete purple from every orifice of my body, and while I can’t argue this score based on year one production, I’m honestly not all that concerned.  First round pick Laquon Treadwell didn’t see the field that much, but that can be blamed in large part to Adam Thielen’s emergence and Cordarrelle Patterson’s resurgence.  They were simply better, and more ready to contribute.  Second round corner Mackensie Alexander was forced into action early and was routinely beaten.  That isn’t unheard of for a young corner, and a full year under Mike Zimmer’s tutelage should work wonders for his technique and confidence, as he heads into his second season.  Kentrell Brothers, who many thought had a chance to earn significant playing time, didn’t see the field much.  That may have had to do with Chad Greenway playing much better than most had foreseen.  Jayron Kearse flashed in the preseason and though he didn’t do much once the games started counting, still gave the team plenty to be hopeful about.  The biggest disappointment in this class was 4th round pick Willie Beavers.  He was so bad, he was let go during final cuts.  He was later called up from the practice squad, but couldn’t even crack an offensive line that was down to playing street free agents.  It wouldn’t be one bit shocking to see him released early in the 2017 preseason.  Overall this class is extremely deserving of this low grade, and I, as a fan of the Vikings, will only begin getting concerned if they are extremely unproductive for a second year in a row.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Washington Redskins

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Josh Doctson WR, TCU
Analysis
 – Doctson battled nagging injuries early in the season before finally put on IR.  The team will need to wait until year two to fully feel his impact.
Score – 0/5

Round 2 – Su’a Cravens OLB, USC
Analysis – 
Cravens suited up for 11 games with three starts.  He had 34 tackles, a sack, and an interception.  There is plenty of potential here, but the Redskins had to have wanted a bit more form their second round pick.
Score – 3/4

Round 3 Kendall Fuller CB, Va. Tech
Analysis – 
Fuller was active 13 games and started 6 of those.  He knocked down a couple passes and had 42 tackles.  Not bad for a third round pick.
Score – 2.5/3

Round 5 – Matt Ioannidis DT, Temple
Analysis – Matt was active for 10 games but only had 8 tackles.
Score – .25/1

Round 6 – Nate Sudfield QB, Indiana
Analysis –The Skins never meant to play Sudfield in 2016 and he obliged them.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Steven Daniels LB, Boston College
 Analysis – Daniels was placed on IR so we’ll never know how he would’ve fared on the field his rookie season.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Keith Marshall RB, Georgia
 Analysis – Marshall’s rookie season was lost when he was placed on I.R.
Score – 0/0

Undrafte – Rob Kelley RB, Tulane
 Analysis – Rob was a huge surprise for the Redskins.  He was  tough inside runner who gained over 700 yds on the ground and scored 6 times.  He very well could be the Redskins’ new feature back.
Score – 1/0

HOUSTON TEXANS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   6.75/13|  52%| F

The Redskins 2016 Draft class gets an F for year one but that is because of injuries for the most part.  Their first round pick WR Josh Doctson couldn’t get healthy and was ultimately put on I.R. Second round linebacker Su’a Cravens also was struck by the injury bug, but still flashed plenty of potential.  Third round corner, Kendall Fuller showed he can play at the NFL level.  He faced some really good receivers and for the most part held his own on the way to making 42 tackles.  The team found a diamond in the rough after the Draft was over.  RB Rob Kelley quickly worked his way up to a starter and was a hard runner who helped open up the passing game for Kirk Cousins.  This grade will go up over time and it could be as soon as Josh Doctson and Cravens get back to 100% health.

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