With the draft less than a week away, the Colts and Redskins slated to take both the quarterbacks with 1-2, it’s pretty safe to say the Vikings are on the clock. Vikings have some options with the 3rd pick since they have needs across the board. Let’s take a closer look at what are some options they will have with the 3rd pick of this years draft.
1. Matt Kalil, LT, USC – Most draftniks have Vikings slated to take Matt Kalil. If you seen my mock draft than you also know that I think we should draft Matt Kalil if we stay at 3. If you remember the article I did with other Vikings bloggers than you know the majority of them think we should draft Kalil. So why? Well, he is the premier LT in this draft and is a safe bet to protect the blindside for many years. If it shows you anything, during his sophomore season, Kalil kicked Cowboys star tackle Tyrone Smith to the right side at USC. Kalil has great athleticism and mobility but will need to add to his core strength at the next level to help anchor. Can handle speed rushers and works well in the 2nd level. Adding Kalil would give us a pretty solid front line and ultimately fill 2 holes with 1 pick by allowing Charlie Johnson to slide inside.
2. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – Regarded by most as the highest rated cover corner in this draft and for good reason. The Vikings secondary ranked towards the bottom last year and pairing someone like Claiborne with Chris Cook would do wonders. Claiborne has good instincts and is a ball hawk with good hands(we already know how much of a problem our secondary has with dropping the ball), can be physical at the line while jamming receivers, and can play in both man and zone schemes. While he’s not a terrible tackler, that’s one area he can improve on and adding muscle and strength should help in that department. Many will argue that you don’t need elite corners in a Tampa-2 system but I think any system can benefit from great corners.
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