SB Nation's 2011 NFL mock draft moves to the 12th pick where SB Nation's Daily Norseman will be representing the Vikings. Minnesota's brain trust has made their decision and the 12th pick in the draft will be Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt.
If you're addressing defensive end at this spot, and Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers is still on the board, you have to answer those wondering why you went with Watt. Daily Norseman writes that Bowers simply had too many red flags while Watt appeared to be the real deal.
Watt, on the other hand, has no questions about his work ethic, or his production. Measuring in at 6'6" and a shade over 290 pounds, Watt would be able to fill in most of the positions along the defensive line. He would likely immediately step into Ray Edwards' spot at left defensive end, and could play on passing downs either on the outside or in-between Kevin Williams and Jared Allen as a tackle.
Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft has the same questions about Bowers: As much as people want to dog on him for an occasional lack of effort, he still had a sack in every game he played in 2010. Do that in the NFL and you're an All Pro.
With Jones going to the Texans at the 11th pick, and Watt over Bowers at the 12th pick, we've had a few surprises in SB Nation's 2011 NFL mock draft.
For the full explanation of the pick, check out Mocking The Draft.