1. You can check out my first five-round mock here: http://archive.nflgridirongab.com/2011/02/09/5-round-minnesota-mock/
2. I wanted to open it up with trades, what the GM and coach are thinking and what I think of the pick.
TRADE, 1st round pick (12th overall) to the Jacksonville Jaguars for 1st round pick (16th overall) and 3rd round pick
TRADE, 1st round pick (16th overall) to the New Orleans Saints for 1st round pick (24th overall) and 3rd round pick
The Jaguars have needs at linebacker, corner and wide receiver. I see them trading up and getting Julio Jones, Cam Newton, Prince Amukamara or Rahim Moore. They gotta have an attraction to go with Marcedes Lewis and Mojo to sell tickets. I think the Saints will find a plummeting player (Ryan Kerrigan? Jimmy Smith?) and will trade up.
1st round, 24th overall: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor. Leslie Frazier starts to rebuild the line. The versatile Taylor was a star at the Senior Bowl and sky-rocketed on Mayock’s mock from the 4th to the 1st between that and his combine and pro day displays. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezk5xKe_vHg
2nd round, 43rd overall: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU. I’m a little higher for the upside on Ponder-Locker-Mallett but I also think Dalton is a safer pick than Ponder due to the Ponder’s injury history and he is far better suited to start, say mid-season, if your stopgap gets hurt than Locker or Mallett. Dalton will have moved past Rhett Bomar on the depth chart by then. This pick would also punk the Bears if they were thinking of drafting him but I actually think Ruskell (I doubt Angelo will have input on any wideouts) will take wide receiver and O-line in the first two rounds. After the Favre fiasco and T-Jack’s lack of huddle command, it will be nice to see someone come in who will endear himself to his teammates with his work ethic and leadership and I’m sure that appeals to the Vikings.
3rd round, 80th overall: Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee. The general vibe I have gotten from Frazier is that – on defense – is stop the run. On offense, the Vikings want to get bigger targets after seeing how the offense looked without Rice and Harvin. http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d81eaf252
3rd round, 88th overall: Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton. At this point, Spielman feels good about getting four players in his top 78 Big Board. The duo of Taylor and Ellis can be counted on to bring immediate contributions. The McCoy-Price duo didn’t do much right away for the Bucs. Both ended their seasons on IR but McCoy made great strides as both a run-stuffer and pass rusher. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lqj3ehC9HA
4th round, 105th overall: Derek Newton, T, Arkansas State. At this point, the Vikings are thinking O-line instead of BPA. This might be both need and BPA. This guy is pretty athletic at 6’5″ and 311 lb. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-THnMo2Jss
5th round, 136th overall: Owen Spencer, WR, NC State. I had Lester Jean here, and he’s an even bigger target. I don’t know if Spencer will get past the third round but maybe smart GMs with need at other positions will let him be BPA round after round, hoping to steal him in a late round. He’s like a cross between (soon to be former) Panther Steve Smith and Davone Bess. EXCELLENT VALUE and an instant upgrade over Bernard Berrian. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/09000d5d81eaba79/2011-combine-workout-Owen-Spencer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRtF4v3JVi
5th round, 147th overall: Shiloh Keo, SS, Idaho. A guy Deion Sanders and Mike Mayock are high on. The Vikings need safeties with the strong-armed quarterbacks of their division. Keo is a smart and sound player.
They will likely get and end in the 6th and some more line prospects with their final picks. NOTE: some people hate trades in mock drafts. If the Vikings stay where they’re at, I think they’ll take Prince Amukamara.