Who will the Vikings select first in the 2012 NFL Draft?
The Minnesota Vikings are already a favorite to be a front runner for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. There are many skeptics already that believe they’d go for Andrew Luck, Stanford’s shining star. Luck is one of those “once every decade” type players. Some are hyping Luck up like he is the next Peyton Manning ALREADY. He hasn’t even stepped on a professional field and played a single down, and some fans that want their team to “suck for Luck,” are already hyping him up like he’s a Super Bowl type quarterback.
I am making this article because I see a million mock draft’s out already, very cliche after the first quarter of the season is complete. NFL fans always want their team to have the best player, and well, I am going to state who I am thinking the Minnesota Vikings will take if they pick within the top 10 this upcoming draft.
But before I state who I think we should pick for our team, I am going to state a few things:
I, personally, do not seeing the Minnesota Vikings pursuing Andrew Luck whatsoever, even if Christian Ponder doesn’t pan out this season (that’s if he ever sees any play time.) Christian Ponder was called the most NFL-ready QB out of the 2011 NFL draft class, and I believe Leslie Frazier will stick to that and keep him as the Vikings’ quarterback of the future. The NFC North is getting better and better every season, and now we’re the top division in the NFL. There is two undefeated teams at 5-0 as of now, and that’s defending the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and the hyped up Detroit Lions. The NFC North is progressing so fast that we don’t have the time to take another year out of the competition to produce another rookie quarterback. We need to take advantage of Christian Ponder’s brain and mobility and make him the franchise quarterback we’ve all been waiting for.
I also do not think the Vikings should draft a rookie offensive lineman. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all a personal opinion at this point. I see McNabb getting a lot more time in the pocket then Favre did last year. Of course we are still one of the worst offensive lines in the league, but here’s my solution. Pursue free agency and offer the hottest offensive linemen on the market a big contract. We have Steve Hutchinson and Charlie Johnson. Johnson might not performing great this year, but remember this. He did protect Peyton Manning from getting sacked for five whole seasons, and has won one Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts and has had an appearance at another when they lost to the New Orleans Saints back in 2009. Phil Loadholt may not be a fan favorite, but he is a good guy to keep on the line if you don’t have the money to throw out, due to his size and strength. I’d rather have us pursue veteran offensive linemen that are solid and have experience over a collegiate hype-up that doesn’t produce. Our main concerns are our passing game, not offensive line (personal opinion once again.)
And now to who I think the Vikings should draft this upcoming season if we are one of the teams to pick in the top ten? Well it’s a simple pick:
“And with the _____ pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Justin Blackmon, wide receiver, Oklahoma State.”
Justin Blackmon is a monster at the college level, and is definitely the type of wide receiver that I can see carrying his college dominance into the pros. Blackmon plays for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and is a fan favorite there as well. He is in his junior season, and is considered of the top receivers in his class.
Blackmon attended Plainview High School in Ardmore, Oklahoma where he caught 61 passes for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. He was listed the No. 91 wide receiver prospect in the nation in 2008.
In 2010 he was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, the first wide receiver to ever earn the honor. On December 9, 2010 he was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wideout. He holds the NCAA records for most consecutive games gaining 100+ yards or more and most games with 200+ yards or more. Blackmon caught 102 passes for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns in just 11 games in the 2010 NCAA season. He had the 15th-best season in NCAA history that year. This guy is a FREAK. Top prospect of the 2012 NFL Draft for sure, in my opinion.
Want to see how crazy his reaction time is, and how reliable he could be as the Vikings’ star wideout? Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_97kBZqj270
According to Sport Science via ESPN, Blackmon has a vertical leap of 10’11 and he’s only 6’1.” He can reach higher than Plaxico Burress who is four inches taller than him, towering at 6’5.”
Blackmon could easily become a stud in the NFL and could add a vertical threat to the Vikings’ passing game.
Bernard Berrian will be released after this season due to season after season of no production whatsoever, he gets progressively worse actually. And I actually see Visanthe Shiancoe being released as well to give Kyle Rudolph a shot at being the star tight end for the Vikings. Christian Ponder and Rudolph already have a great chemistry together, being drafted first and second rounds for the Vikings in 2011. These two know each other well, and I am sure Coach Frazier would love to see them two playing every down together.
Could you imagine our starting offense being Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Justin Blackmon and Kyle Rudolph? We’d have one of the most dynamic offenses in the game a few seasons down the road if Ponder pans out and is hyped up to what Frazier makes him out to be.
I see great things for this Vikings’ offense, but I honestly believe that we need a star wide receiver before anything else this upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. We need a boost in our offense that can make us scary and get us points fast. Peterson can’t do it all by himself, regardless of how good he is.