Here is my latest Vikings mock draft. The reason I put such an emphasis on the Senior Bowl is because last year the Vikings drafted 5 players who participated in the All-Star game. This year the Vikings staff coached the North Squad so I expect them to go back to the well this year.
1st round, Matt Kalil, offensive tackle, USC. This is a no brainer. I know that Spielman has been dropping the smoke screen as of late, but he has to make this pick. Matt Kalil was not at the Senior Bowl (he's a junior) but he was very impressive the last 2 seasons at USC, and he solidified himself as the #1 OT in the draft with his Combine performance. Seriously, Luck and RG3 are going 1 and 2, if I were Rick Spielman, I would already have my draft card filled in.
2nd round, Mark Barron, SS, Alabama. There's a good chance that Mark Barron is gets drafted in the first round. But with his hernia surgeries and the sudden rise of players like Fletcher Cox and Dontari Poe, I am hoping that Barron falls to the Vikings in the 2nd round. He's a prototypical in the box strong safety, which should allow Alan Williams to deviate from the Tampa 2 scheme. But he's also solid in pass coverage so he stands to be an instant upgrade over Tyrell/Jamarca.
alternate pick: Brandon Thompson, DT Clemson.
3rd round, Kendall Reyes, DT, Conneticut. I have had my eyes on this kid all season. He is currently shooting up most draft boards so we will be running up to the stage if he his still available in the 3rd. He is the main reason why I didn't break the bank in free agency pursuing a DT. He's not exactly a space eating run stuffer, but he is a very talented prospect.
alternate pick: Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma St.
4th round, Casey Hayward, CB Vanderbilt. I have been high on this kid for a while now. In fact I mocked him to the Vikings in the 2nd round in my first mock this year. He didn't fall to the 4th round because his play declined, but more so because other prospects have risen at the Combine. Hayward can still very well go in the 3rd round, but I am hoping this ball hawking corner who had better stats than both Dre Kirkpatrick and Morris Claiborne, will last until the 4th round.
alternate pick: Nigel Bradham, Florida St.
comp. 4th round (Sidney Rice), Marvin Jones, WR, California. I have said all along that I would not address WR in the first 3 rounds so I have held true to that stance. I will address the position by signing FA Pierre Garcon and by drafting Marvin Jones. Jones caught a TD in the Senior Bowl (even though he pushed off on the play) and has had a strong Combine. He as good size, 6'1" 200 lbs, and could be groomed behind Garcon for a year.
alternate pick: Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa St. (he'll probably go higher, but this is where I have him rated)
5th round, Derek Wolfe, DT Cincinnati. Here's another player that I have had my eye on. He also played on the North Squad at the Senior Bowl. Derek Wolfe was a productive player for the Bearcats. He is versitle and can play up and down the defensive line. I see him having value at 3 tech or even as a base DE. He would be very good value in the 5th round. And with Letroy Guion and Fred Evans due to hit free agency, the Vikings will need to add depth to the defensive line rotation.
alternate pick: Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona St.
6th round (from Cleveland, Mitchell trade), Demario Davis, linebacker, Arkansas St. Davis was a standout at the East West Shrine game and was a late addition to the Senior Bowl. He had an amazing day yesterday at the Combine. He is raw, but in the 6th round he could provide a spark on special teams while he develops.
alternate pick: Lonnie Edwards, guard, Texas Tech
7th round, Lennon Creer, RB Louisiana Tech. Insurance policy for our rehabing RBs.
7th round (from NE, Moss trade), Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, NT, Baylor. Provides defensive line depth, run stuffer.
comp. 7th round (Ray Edwards), Winston Guy Jr., Kentucky Special teams player who can provide depth if the team doesn't bring back Hussain Abdullah.