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Vikings Mock Draft 2.0

Posted by zfootball on March 12, 2016 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

1. LaQuon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi / Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian / Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor - All these guys are studs and the biggest hole in our lineup is the lack of a true number 1 wide receiver.  Whichever of these 3 is there or at the top of the Vikings draft board should get selected at 23, in fact, I would not be opposed to trading up to acquire my #1, LaQuon Treadwell, who I believe has incredible potential.

2. Su'a Cravens, Defensive Hybrid (OLB/S), Southern California - Su'a Cravens is an athletic specimen who can shift between Outside Linebacker and both safety positions.  Cravens could split time with Emmanuel Lamur at the weak-side linebacker position and also spell Michael Griffin in some sets at Strong Safety.  With the success of other Defensive Hybrids like Deone Bucannon in Arizona and Mark Barron in Los Angeles, Cravens would make a welcome addition to this defense.

3. Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor - Shawn Oakman is the definition of scary standing at 6'8" and having great speed for the position.  His 2015 season was underwhelming, but look at 2015 3rd round pick Danielle Hunter.  If anyone can turn an athletic freak into a scary pass rusher, it's Mike Zimmer.  Oakman may be a few years away from truly being a force at the position, but in Zimmer's philosphy, you can never have too many pass rushers.

4. Graham Glasgow, OG/C, Michigan - Glasgow has size, almost too much of it, but would add even more depth to an offensive line that acquired Alex Boone and may be acquiring Andre Smith soon.  I project with Alex Boone and Tony Sparano mentoring him, Glasgow would turn his size into a force up front and eventually be able to start for the team.

5. DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech - All I'm saying is watch the film.  DeAndre Washington runs with incredible speed and agility along with being able to power through defenders.  He is able to get out and catch the football and is extremely underrated as a pass protector.  If the Vikings braintrust can be like me and overlook his stature, DeAndre Washington would be a great addition to this team and could be a factor as our possible RB of the future once Adrian retires.

6. Henry Krieger Coble, TE, Iowa - Krieger Coble, quite possibly the biggest combine snub, is a very dependable TE who put together a solid career at the University of Iowa.  With no 3rd TE on the roster, Krieger Coble would slide in nicely and become a solid all-around TE for this team.

7a. Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M - Kaser had a tremendous career at Texas A&M and I don't see his pro career being any different.  Kaser has a nice leg and shows the ability to consistently pin opponents inside the 20.  His coffin corner punting does need some work, but at this point he is still miles ahead of Jeff Locke and would win easily in a training camp battle.

7b. Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska - Valentine is a big defensive tackle that could add to the Vikings depth at an already solid defensive line.  At this point in the draft, the Vikings would not have many weaknesses and this pick would be one that would just bolster a unit.  The Vikings saw the result with no other run plugger when Linval Joseph missed games, Valentine would be able to adequately fill that void should those circumstances arise again.

Vikings Mock Draft 1.0

Posted by zfootball on January 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Blair Walsh being an incompetent kicker with no clutch gene, the Vikings offseason has begun, which means it is time to focus on the future.  The Vikings were 11-5 and division champions with an elite defense and the best RB in football.  Looking at next year's schedule, it isn't crazy to think Minnesota could go 13-3 if all things fall into place.  Phil Loadholt and John Sullivan will be back from injury and Teddy Bridgewater will have another offseason under his belt but a good draft is necessary in order to get a spot in the conference championship or even the Super Bowl.  It could happen, but it starts with having a good draft, one outlined below.  Remember, I do not project trades.  I am building this draft off the assumption that Minnesota restructures Mike Wallace instead of cutting him, as I have heard reports suggest.  Minnesota will have the 23rd pick in most rounds.

Round 1: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State - Ohio State will have a ton of players drafted in this first round and Decker should be one of them.  Standing 6'7", he'll give the Vikings a franchise LT, one that can help the team move on from Matt Kalil experience.  He needs to improve run blocking, but he should be fine given his physical advantage over defensive ends.

Round 2: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State - No that isn't a typo.  If there is one silver lining from that missed Walsh kick, despite how the organization feels about him, there is no way he can wear a Minnesota Vikings jersey again.  Roberto Aguayo is the best kicker prospect to come out since Sebastian Janikowski was drafted Round 1 in 2000.  Aguayo has a powerful leg and set a collegiate record for career accuracy on all kicks.  He won the Grosza award as a freshman and hasn't looked back since.  The Vikings need to do anything they can to acquire Roberto Aguayo.

Round 3: De'Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State - Wilson would give the Vikings small, fast WR corps what it needs, an effective big man.  The 6'4" Wilson provides a tall target to catch those jump balls that the shorter targets are unable to reach.  Wilson has a great catch radius, is athletic enough to beat defenders and has the ability to be a red-zone target so the Vikings don't need to be one-dimensional near the goal line.

Round 4: Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State - Ultimately for me, it came down to Fackrell or Eric Striker, and I went with Fackrell for 2 main reasons. The first of them being the size difference, Fackrell is 6'5" 250 lbs. while Striker is a small 6'0" 222 lbs.  The second reason being, I believe Fackrell will have a more effective transition to a 4-3 defense as he is better at dropping into coverage than Striker and plays better in space, not relying as much on his ability as a pass rusher.  Greenway will have one more season starting, and then I would fully expect Fackrell to take over as starting Weak-Side Linebacker.

Round 5: DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech - Despite being only 5'8" and weighing in at under 200 pounds, Washington proved to be a tremendous runner going for almost 1500 yards against Big 12 competition along with being a surprisingly effective pass protector.  Washington won't be the fastest or strongest player on the field, but what he lacks in physical ability he makes up for in heart.  Definitely worth a flier to see what he can do at the next level.

Round 6 (from San Francisco): Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M - You never want to have draft 2 special teamers in one draft, but it's sadly necessary for the Vikings.  Kaser has great strength on his punts and pinned opponents inside the 20 at a tremendous rate.  Repeatedly winning the honors of the SEC's best punter, Kaser should be a no-brainer for the Vikings braintrust.

Round 7 (from Buffalo): Michael Caputo, S, Wisconsin - Michael Caputo was effectively the leader of the Badgers defense and that unit played better with him than without him.  He may not have a ton of size for the next level, but he can deliver a hit and is solid in zone coverage.  May be a special teamer in year one.

Round 7: Cleveland Wallace III, CB, San Jose State - Wallace is worth a flier on Day 3 because he has nice size and speed for an NFL corner, but just hasn't put it all together yet.  With Terence Newman's age being a looming factor, taking a CB may not be a bad idea in order to get more depth at the position.

2015 Vikings Projected 53-man roster #2

Posted by zfootball on August 31, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Will do roster and 10 man practice squad like always

53man roster

QB Teddy Bridgewater

QB Shaun Hill

RB Adrian Peterson

RB Jerick McKinnon

RB DuJuan Harris

FB Zach Line

WR Mike Wallace

WR Charles Johnson

WR Jarius Wright

WR Cordarrelle Patterson

WR Adam Thielen

WR Stefon Diggs

TE Kyle Rudolph

TE MyCole Pruitt

TE Rhett Ellison

OT Matt Kalil

OT TJ Clemmings (doubles as OG)

OT Tyrus Thompson

OG Brandon Fusco

OG Mike Harris (doubles as OT)

OG Austin Shepherd (doubles as OT)

OG David Yankey (doubles as OT....though he shouldn't)

C John Sullivan

C Joe Berger (doubles as OG)

DE Everson Griffen

DE Brian Robison

DE Danielle Hunter

DE Scott Chrichton

DT Sharrif Floyd

DT Linval Joseph

DT Tom Johnson

DT Shamar Stephen

LB Anthony Barr

LB Gerald Hodges Jr.

LB Chad Greenway

LB Audie Cole

LB Eric Kendricks

LB Brian Peters

LB Michael Mauti

LB Edmond Robinson

CB Xavier Rhodes

CB Terrence Newman

CB Captain Munnerlyn

CB Trae Waynes

CB Jabari Price

S Harrison Smith

S Robert Blanton

S Antone Exum Jr.

S Andrew Sendejo

S Shaun Prater (doubles as CB)

K Blair Walsh

P Jeff Locke

LS Kevin McDermott

Projected 2015 Vikings Roster #1 (Pre-Camp)

Posted by zfootball on July 21, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is my first projection for the 2015 Vikings 53 man Roster + our 10 man practice squad. (In depth chart form as always)


QB Teddy Bridgewater

QB Shaun Hill

RB Adrian Peterson

RB Jerick McKinnon

RB Joe Banyard

FB Zach Line

WR Mike Wallace

WR Charles Johnson

WR Cordarrelle Patterson

WR Jarius Wright

WR Stefon Diggs

WR Adam Thielen

TE Kyle Rudolph

TE MyCole Pruitt

TE Brandon Bostick

OT Phil Loadholt

OT Matt Kalil

OT TJ Clemmings (doubles as OG)

OT Austin Shepherd (doubles as OG)

OT Tyrus Thompson

OG Brandon Fusco

OG David Yankey

OG Joe Berger (doubles as C)

C John Sullivan


DE Everson Griffen

DE Brian Robison

DE Danielle Hunter

DE Scott Chricton

DT Sharrif Floyd

DT Linval Joseph

DT Shamar Stephen

OLB Anthony Barr

OLB Chad Greenway

OLB Gerald Hodges

OLB Brandon Watts

OLB Casey Matthews

ILB Eric Kendricks

ILB Audie Cole

ILB Michael Mauti

CB Xavier Rhodes

CB Trae Waynes

CB Captain Munnerlyn

CB Terence Newman

CB Jabari Price

CB Marcus Sherels

S Harrison Smith

S Antone Exum Jr.

S Anthony Harris

S Andrew Sendejo


K Blair Walsh

P Jeff Locke

LS Kevin McDermott


QB Taylor Heinicke

RB Dominique Williams

WR DaVaris Daniels

WR Donte Foster

OT Babatunde Aiyegbusi (gets international designation, thus doesn't count against 10-man PS)

C Zac Kerin

DE BJ Dubose

DT Isame Facine III

OLB Edmond Robinson

ILB Brian Peters

CB Justin Coleman

Rough Vikings Depth Chart - OPINION

Posted by zfootball on May 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

This is just a rough depth chart of how I would structure the Vikings right now.  This is not an actual representation of how the team will look in 2015 nor is it one of my 53-man roster projections.  I'll attatch numbers in case you'd like to use this as a reference when training camp begins or something.


Teddy Bridgewater #5

Shaun Hill #13

Mike Kafka #4

Taylor Heinicke #16


Adrian Peterson #28

Jerick McKinnon #31

Dominique Williams #43

Joe Banyard #23

Matt Asiata #44

DuJuan Harris #20


Zach Line #48

Blake Renaud #49


Mike Wallace #11

Cordarrelle Patterson #84

Charles Johnson #12

Jarius Wright #17

Adam Thielen #19

Stefon Diggs #14

DaVaris Daniels #87

Donte Foster #2

Gavin Lutman #8

Jordan Leslie #9

Kain Colter #15


Kyle Rudolph #82

MyCole Pruitt #83

Brandon Bostick #81

Chase Ford #86

Rhett Ellison #85


Matt Kalil #75 (Left)

Phil Loadholt #71 (Right)

T.J. Clemmings #68

Tyrus Thompson #72

Babatunde Aiyegbusi #69

Carter Bykowski #60

Mike Harris #79


Brandon Fusco #63 (Right) 

Austin Shepherd #74 (Left)

David Yankey #66

Joe Berger #61

Bobby Vardaro #64

Jesse Somsel #78


John Sullivan #65

Zac Kerin #67

Tom Farniok #62


Everson Griffen #97

Brian Robison #96

Scott Crichton #95

Danielle Hunter #99

Caesar Rayford #91

B.J. Dubose #90

Justin Trattou #94

Leon Mackey #78


Shariff Floyd #73

Linval Joseph #98

Shamar Stephen #93

Isame Facine III #76

Tom Johnson #92

Chigbo Anunoby #62


Anthony Barr #55 (Strong Side)

Chad Greenway #52 (Weak Side)

Gerald Hodges #50

Casey Matthews #59

Edmond Robinson #40

Brandon Watts #58

Josh Kaddu #51


Eric Kendricks #54

Audie Cole #57

Michael Mauti #56

Brian Peters #45


Xavier Rhodes #29

Trae Waynes #26

Captain Munnerlyn #24

Terrence Newman #30

Jabari Price #25

Justin Coleman #38

Marcus Sherels #35

Shaun Prater #27

DeMarcus Van Dyke #37

Josh Robinson #21

Jalil Carter #39


Harrison Smith #22 (Free)

Taylor Mays #42 (Strong)

Anthony Harris #49

Antone Exum Jr. #32

Andrew Sendejo #34

Robert Blanton #36


Blair Walsh #3


Jeff Locke #18


Kevin McDermott #47

Cullen Loeffler #46


Cordarrelle Patterson #84

Stefon Diggs #14

Marcus Sherels #35

Adam Thielen #19


Stefon Diggs #14

Marcus Sherels #35

Adam Thielen #19

Gunner/Kamikaze/Special Teams Ace

Adam Thielen #19

2015 Vikings *UNOFFICIAL Roster

Posted by zfootball on May 4, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here, based on what I've gathered is the Vikings unofficial roster, in the best projected depth chart form I can do (not what I would do as the depth chart, what is most likely is at the moment).

QB (2-3 will make final roster)

Teddy Bridgewater

Shaun Hill

Mike Kafka

Taylor Heinike

RB (3 will most likely make final roster)

Adrian Peterson

Jerick McKinnon

Matt Asiata

Dominique Williams

Joe Banyard

Henry Josey

DuJuan Harris

FB (1-2 will make final roster)

Zach Line

(MyCole Pruitt) - Said he will be used some at FB, most likely not primary position for Pruitt

WR (5-6 will make final roster)

Mike Wallace

Charles Johnson

Cordarrelle Patterson

Jarius Wright

Adam Thielen

Stefon Diggs

DaVaris Daniels

Gavin Lutman

Jordan Leslie

TE (2-4 will make final roster)

Kyle Rudolph

Chase Ford

MyCole Pruitt

Rhett Ellison

Brandon Bostick

OT (4-6 will make final roster)

Matt Kalil (Left)

Phil Loadholt (Right)

Antonio Richardson

TJ Clemmings

Tyrus Thompson

Mike Harris

Austin Wentworth

Carter Bykowski

Babatunde Aiyegbusi

OG (4-6 will make final roster)

Brandon Fusco (Right)

Joe Berger

Austin Shepherd

David Yankey

Bobby Vadaro

C (2 will make final roster)

John Sullivan

Zac Kerin

(Joe Berger)

Tom Farniok

DE (4-7 will make final roster)

Brian Robison

Everson Griffen

Scott Crichton

Danielle Hunter

Caesar Rayford

BJ DuBose

Justin Trattou

Leon Mackey

DT (3-5 will make final roster)

Sharrif Floyd

Linval Joseph

Shamar Stephen

Tom Johnson

Isame Faciane III

Chigbo Anunoby

OLB (4-6 will make final roster)

Anthony Barr

Chad Greenway

Gerald Hodges

Brandon Watts

Casey Matthews

Josh Kaddu

Brian Peters

Blake Renaud

ILB (2-4 will make final roster)

Eric Kendricks

Audie Cole

Michael Mauti

(Casey Matthews)

CB (5-7 will make final roster)

Xavier Rhodes

Trae Waynes

Captain Munnerlyn

Terrence Newman

Josh Robinson

Jabari Price

Marcus Sherels

Shaun Prater

DeMarcus Van Dyke

Justin Coleman

Jalil Carter

S (4-6 will make final roster)

Harrison Smith

Taylor Mays

Robert Blanton

Antone Exum Jr.

Anthony Harris

Andrew Sendejo

Christian Dudzik

Ahmad Dixon

K (1 will make final roster)

Blair Walsh

P (1 will make final roster)

Jeff Locke

LS (1 will make final roster)

Cullen Loeffler

Kevin McDermott

KR Job Competitors

Cordarrelle Patterson, Jarius Wright, Stefon Diggs, Marcus Sherels, Adam Thielen

Vikings UDFA's

Posted by zfootball on May 2, 2015 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are the UDFA's the Vikings have signed. (via

Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee

DaVaris Daniels, WR, Notre Dame

Christian Dudzik, S, North Dakota State

Tom Farniok, C, Iowa State

Anthony Harris, S, Virginia

Taylor Heinike, QB, Old Dominion

Jordan Leslie, WR, Brigham Young

Gavin Lutman, WR, Pittsburg State (KS)

Blake Renaud, LB, Boise State

Bobby Vadaro, G, Boston College

Vikings Day 3 Mock

Posted by zfootball on May 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Well Viking fans, another day in the books.  After drafting CB Trae Waynes in the first round, the Vikings stuck with defense and added ILB Eric Kendricks and DE Danielle Hunter in Rounds 2 and 3 respectively.  Kendricks is a tackling machine who can also drop into coverage whereas Danielle Hunter is a project, extremely athletic but extremely raw, to borrow a line from Fran Fraschilla (ESPN NBA Draft Analyst), he's 2 years away from being 2 years away, but he's got a ton of potential.  The Vikings made a couple moves and acquired two more picks, one in the 5th, one in the 6th; so here it is, my last Mock Draft of the 2015 Draft season.

Round 4, Pick 11 - David Cobb, RB, Minnesota // I was tempted to go offensive line with this pick, but I think the Vikings need to make a splash at a glamorous position, and Cobb is just the pick to do it.  Strong runner, perfect compliment to Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon.

Round 5, Pick 1 (from Tampa Bay via Buffalo) - Daryl Williams, OG, Oklahoma // Williams is a powerful blocker and has good competitiveness and technique.  This pick would be a second offensive player in a row, but the Vikings need an addition to their offensive guards badly.

Round 5, Pick 7 (from Chicago via Detroit via Denver) - Quayshawne Buckley, DT, Idaho // Buckley is a defensive tackle with the ability to get to the QB and stop the run recording 11.5 tackles for losses last season.  Because he was quite possibly the best player on a terrible team's defense and still flourished, Buckley has the talent to be a successful player in this league. (Idaho is extremely bad, hence why the best picture I could find of Buckley is from an ESPN telecast)

Round 6, Pick 17 (from Kansas City) - Zack Wagenmann, DE, Montana // Continuing the apparent theme of the draft, Wagenmann is a pass-rushing defensive end coming from a 4-3 set.  With us projecting to use a hybrid between the 4-3 and 3-4 focusing on the 4-3, Wagenmann will be able to be successful and make more trouble for the QB's in the division.

Round 7, Pick 11 - Clayton Geathers, S, Central Florida // You'll notice I basically just replaced John Lowdermilk with the same type of player, and yeah, that's what I did, switch it up.  Geathers is another hard-hitting safety, because it looks like we are building a hard-hitting defense.

Round 7, Pick 15 (from San Francisco via Miami) - Jake Kumerow, WR, Wisconsin-Whitewater // Small school prospect here, but Kumerow was a great player at the DIII level.  Great height at 6'5" and average speed, along with being an above-average blocking receiver.  Definitely worth a flyer at the end of the draft.

Vikings Day 2 & 3 Mock Draft

Posted by zfootball on May 1, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Vikings Day 2 & 3 Mock

Drafting Trae Waynes in the first alters the Vikings' draft strategy in a big way. I don't have the time to provide explanations, but I'll say some other players to watch at those draft spots.


Round 2, Pick 13 - Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (Other possible options: Bernardrick McKinney, Dorial Green-Beckham, Landon Collins, Paul Dawson, Sammie Coates, Eric Kendricks, Randy Gregory, Ameer Abdullah)


Round 3, Pick 12 - Ali Marpet, OG/OT, Hobart (Other possible options: Rob Havenstien, Ramik Wilson, Kwon Alexander, Chris Conley, Ameer Abdullah, TJ Yeldon, Jaquiski Tartt)


Round 4, Pick 11 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (Other possible options: Cody Prewitt, Adrian Amos, Darren Waller, David Cobb, Tre McBride, James Sample, Ty Montgomery, Taiwan Jones, Jake Ryan, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Kurtis Drummond)


Round 5, Pick 1 - Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn (Other possible options: James Sample, Rob Crisp, Austin Shepherd, Damien Wilson, Jake Ryan, Tre McBride)


Round 7, Pick 11 - Kyle Emanuel, OLB, North Dakota State (Other possible options [applicable for next pick as well]: Pretty Wide Open at this point, pretty much anything)


Round 7, Pick 15 - John Lowdermilk, S, Iowa

FINAL 2015 Vikings Mock Draft

Posted by zfootball on April 28, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is my final 2015 Vikings specific mock draft, let's get to it.

Round 1, Pick 11 - Vic Beasley, OLB/ILB, Clemson // Currently, I have Vic Beasley to the Vikings at 11, but that may change due to Shane Ray's little run-in with the authorities for being in possession of the Chronic '01, if you know what i mean.  Vic Beasley is a versatile Linebacker with the ability to drop into coverage but also is a very strong pass-rusher.  His run-stopping ability has been questioned along with his tackling skill, but Beasley would provide a good replacement for Greenway and another fantastic piece to this defense.

Round 2, Pick 13 - Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri // Dorial Green-Beckham has the potential to be the best receiver in this draft and his physical tools are unquestioned, but with limited college football experience and his off-the-field concerns, I find it hard to believe Green-Beckham will be a first round pick.  With Mike Zimmer as his coach though, Green-Beckham can stay in line and provide a weapon for this Vikings offense.

Round 3, Pick 12 - D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic // When underrated corners are brought up in this draft, the former Owl's name gets mentioned often.  D'Joun Smith had a productive run at FAU and can provide the Vikings with a corner so Captain Munnerlyn can move back inside to his natural position as a slot corner.

Round 4, Pick 11 - David Cobb, RB, Minnesota // Yes, this would be a very popular pick with Minnesotans and for good reason.  David Cobb is a workhorse and can carry the load of an offense, but luckily, he'll get to keep some of his carries for later on because of Adrian Peterson.  Peterson and Cobb have similar running styles, thus Cobb would be drafted to be Adrian Peterson's eventual replacement.  Peterson mentoring Cobb would ensure the Vikings have a good RB for a long time.

Round 5, Pick 1 - Austin Shepherd, OT/OG, Alabama // The Alabama factory of Offensive Lineman finally cooled off this year, but Austin Shepherd can still play.  He is athletic, has versatility, and also is a primed player, starting 27 games at Alabama.  By no means is he ready to start from Day 1, but Shepherd and David Yankey could battle it out throughout the pre-season to become a starting Guard for us.

Round 7, Pick 11 - Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas // A personal favorite of mine, despite the stock that has for some reason nosedived, Diggs can play nickel corner, outside corner and safety.  Diggs has good hands and adequate speed, and like Austin Sheperd of Alabama, a very experienced young player, having started 36 career games for the Longhorns.  Should be a quality player at the next level.

Round 7, Pick 15 - John Lowdermilk, S, Iowa // To round out the Vikings draft, I think selecting the hard-hitting John Lowdermilk of Iowa would be a nice selection.  He packs a punch on his hits, but also has the coverage skills to play good man coverage.  His DUI won't help his attractiveness as a pick, but if we want to be known as a hard-nosed defense, put Lowdermilk back there with Harrison Smith and just watch receivers come out with their ears' ringing.