Ok, nobody regrets passing on the guy that put the dog in dogazz.
The Vikings telling all the media they want to trade up for Teo is hilarious to me. Just like they really wanted Claiborne last year?
Of course, every team would be willing to trade up if their guy dropped enough and if they grade 5 players equally, they would love to trade down 3-5 spots and pick up another pick or two. It is all conditional. If Dee Milliner slips due to injury and gets to 15 or 16, maybe the Vikings would trade up for him (random example), but trading up for Teo seems unlikely to me when he is certainly not a unique ILB talent. That would dissapoint me, not just taking him at 23 or 25.
I'd like Sylvester Williams with that first pick, and the best available corner with the second.
Agree with whomever said to look for Terrance Williams in the second or third round, and I'd also like to see Klein as a 3rd or 4th rounder.
I'll just go ahead and give a prediction so I can laugh at how wrong I was later:
The Vikings take DT Richardson, DT Williams, CB Rhodes, CB Hayden at #23 if they are available (in that order) OR someone who is very highly rated and slips for some unexpected reason. If that happens they could trade this pick back due to the demand that player would create.
The Vikings then trade down with either San Fran (tons of picks, not a lot of roster space) to #34, or trade down with a QB need team who wants to take Geno Smith, Nassib, or whoever they like. This could be: Jacksonville at #33, Philly at #35, Arizona at #38, NYJ at #39, Buffalo at #41. Basically the whole early 2nd round needs a QB and could want to trade up to get one since none are worth of a top 15 pick. This could create a bidding war as well and the Vikings could really make out well.
Then with their two 2nd round picks, the Vikings pick one of the WRs like Patterson, Hopkins, Allen, Woods, Hunter and the best ILB available whether is is Brown, Teo, Minter, or Ogletree (who will likely be gone by then).
A couple weeks ago I heard the Bears were interested in Teo and I laughed hoping they'd take him. Now I hear the Vikes might be interested in him and I cry worried this could happen.
I just can't imagine cheering from someone I can't respect...no matter how good he might turn out to be.
I think the most important thing for the Vikings to do is to get the best value at their draft position. With the way I am thinking it will go, we will get a DT and a CB. Hopefully Williams for DT and Hayden for CB or Rhodes. There is no wideout that will be good enough to take at our spot. I am thinking Patterson and Austin will be gone and everyone after that is not great value.
I am hoping in the second round we can catch luck and get one of the wideouts such as Allen, Hunter, Woods or Hopkins. All very good choices. It will be key that the Vikings get value players in round 2 and 3.
I'm going to preface this by saying that I'm a draft fanatic, it might be my favorite sporting event of the year, sorry for the book.
I can't even think of the anger that would be going through my body if they trade up for Te'o. I agree that it's probably a smokescreen by Spielman cuz he's a tricky bastard like that. Honestly, I would rather take Klein or Kiko Alonso from Oregon in the 3rd/4th round. If you put Louis Nix (ND's big d tackle, potential top 10 pick) in front of Klein, there's no way Klein isn't as productive as Te'o was. However, I wouldn't be opposed to taking Alec Ogletree if he somehow drops to them. Arthur Brown also wouldn't be bad. I think both are better fits in the Cover 2 than Te'o.
I agree with going defensive tackle early, but I don't want Sylvester Williams. It just seems like every year there's a bunch of North Carolina, Butch Davis era guys that have tons of potential, but they never seem to be impact players. Williams fits the tons of potential description, but I would rather take a Johnathan Hankins/Jesse Williams/Kawaan Short in the 2nd round.
I think we need to address cornerback in the first round. One of the mid-late 1st round prospects such as Rhodes, Trufant, Hayden are going to be on the board when the Vikes pick, they need to take one. I'd like Hayden. Mike Mayock, who I think is the best draft "expert" out there, has him as his number 2 CB. I would love Tyrann Mathieu in the middle rounds, but he'll probably go before then. I think he has changed, and he's a straight up playmaker.
WR is a tricky position to predict if they're going to take one in the first round. I think DeAndre Hopkins is going to be very good, but is he the "take the top off the defense" guy that the Vikings have repeatedly said they want? He's drawn Roddy White comparisons, so while he may not be a burner, he could be very good. Patterson is too raw to be an immediate impact guy. The only WR I would take at 23 is Hopkins since there's a 0% chance Tavon will be there at 23. Robert Woods in the second round is somebody I would strongly consider. He was a top 10 pick before he got injured this year, and has looked very good in the pre-draft process.
My dream draft would be:
2. Robert Woods
3. John Hankins
4. Tyrann Mathieu (I realize he'll probably be gone before this, but I would love the risk/reward pick in the 4th round)
4. AJ Klein
Mel Kiper didn't even have him taken in the first two rounds! The Vikings will have a ton of options. CB Trufant could go there too.
I think Hayden is the consensus number 2 CB at this point or at least he is in most of the things I have been reading. I really like Woods in the second round, he might be the most ready to contribute next year of the WRs behind Austin. And Ogletree would be a major coupe at number 23. If they got those three with 23, 25, and 52 it would be a home run. My hope is still that Warmack or Richardson falls to 23 (not likely for either but possible mainly because of position). That is the only way I could feel better than Ogletree, Hayden, and Woods.