You show your lack of knowledge by suggesting the Vikings need to upgrade at Safety next to Harrison Smith. Not only do they not need to upgrade at safety with Sendejo having another good season and emerging as an extremely capable counterpart to Smith in Mike Zimmer's defense, but you completely overlook the Vikings biggest need. And that has been evident from day 1! Offensive tackle. Not only will they take an offensive tackle with their first pick, they might try to trade up into the first round (if possible to get the OT they want. In fact, their need is so dire up front at tackle, it's possible they could take multiple OTs with their first few picks.
Hey Walt, love the site, but noticed you never did a disaster rating for Reshad Jones injury. Was wondering your opinion of that. Also, I'm sure you'll hear of this soon, but Arian Foster also just retired.
Oday Aboushi, G/OT, Virginia
Oday Aboushi is not having a quality pre-draft process. He didn't look good in the Senior Bowl practices, prompting Mike Mayock to state that he'd be relegated to guard duties in the NFL. Aboushi's arm length was slightly less than ideal (33 7/8 inches), but he was only able to 17 reps of 225 at the Combine on Friday.
FEB. 23 UPDATE: Aboushi had one of the worst workouts on Saturday. He ran a 5.45 40 with a 1.89 10-yard split, both of which were among the worst numbers of all the linemen. Aboushi also didn't look very good in the drills. He's shaping up to be a third-day pick.
Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
The little-known Terron Armstead made a name for himself on Saturday. He showed off his excellent athleticism, running a 4.65 unofficial 40 with a 1.64 10-yard split. To illustrate how good that it is, receivers Kendall Wright and Mohamed Sanu ran 4.61 and 4.67 last year, as @JennaLaineBucs pointed out. Armstead is going to draw attention as a high-upside left tackle project in Round 2.
David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
David Bakhtiari told the media that he's been evaluated as both a left tackle and a center. If NFL teams think he can play in those two spots, Bakhtiari can pretty much line up at any position up front as long as he's in a zone-blocking scheme. This will help his draft stock tremendously.
Braxston Cave, C, Notre Dame
Braxston Cave ran poorly in the 40s - 5.31 unofficial; 1.87 10-yard split - but the big thing is that he didn't look smooth whatsoever in the drills. He was slow all around, and he doesn't look like he belongs in the first five rounds.
Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
Jonathan Cooper has been rumored to be above Chance Warmack on some draft boards. He undoubtedly impressed those teams by posting 35 reps of 225 pounds at Friday's bench press.
FEB. 23 UPDATE: Jonathan Cooper lived up to expectations during the field drills on Saturday. He was the most fluid interior line prospect. His 40 time (5.07) was solid, especially when compared to Chance Warmack's 5.49.
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Some people called Mike Mayock crazy when he predicted that Eric Fisher would challenge Luke Joeckel to be the No. 1 tackle selected, but give him credit because he appears to be right. Fisher looked much better than Joeckel on Saturday. He ran a much better 40 (5.01 compared to 5.22), but the important thing is how fluid he looked in the drills. His footwork was superior to Joeckel's.
D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
D.J. Fluker was the heaviest lineman at Thursday's weigh-in (339 pounds). Much more importantly, he had the longest arms of any offensive lineman (36 3/4 inches). It's been previously reported that Fluker will not escape the top 21 picks - I have him going 20th to the Bears in my 2013 NFL Mock Draft - and his arm length only helps his cause.
Khaled Holmes, C, USC
Khaled Holmes' arms measured well (35 inches), but he posted just 13 reps on the bench press because of a chest injury. He consequently may not be able to work out on Saturday. He needed a good Combine after a woeful 2012 campaign.
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel didn't have a bad Combine by any means, but he didn't wow anyone. He was just decent. He did not display nearly as much athleticism as Matt Kalil did last year, and Kalil was chosen fourth overall. There's a big disparity between the two prospects. In fact, Joeckel was so "meh" that former NFL personnel man Bryan Broaddus wrote, "I would be very surprised if Luke Joeckel is the first overall selection in this 2013 NFL Draft."
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Lane Johnson impressed with his athleticism at the Senior Bowl. His frame only helps his draft stock. Johnson measured in Thursday at 6-6, 303 with 35 1/4-inch arms, which are well above the norm. Johnson should be picked in the 11-16 range.
FEB. 23 UPDATE: Lane Johnson's 40 would be highly discussed if it wasn't for Terron Armstead. Johnson ran 4.72 officially with a 1.61 10-yard split. He had a great Combine and has solidified his top-15 status.
Kyle Long, G/OT, Oregon
Kyle Long was one of a handful of linemen who broke five seconds in the 40. He ran a 4.93 unofficial with a 1.68 10-yard split. Long looked very athletic in the drills, prompting Mike Mayock to state that he has first-round potential. Long will probably be chosen in the early stages of the second round.
Joe Madsen, C, West Virginia
Joe Madsen had the shortest arms of any offensive lineman at the Combine - and it wasn't even close. Braxston Cave, Justin Pugh and Brian Schwenke had the shortest arms (32 inches) if Madsen wasn't included. By comparison, Madsen's T-Rex arms measured in at a mere 30 inches.
Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa Pacific
Luke Marquardt is opening up some eyes at the Combine. He measured in at 6-8, 315 with 34 1/2-inch arms. Despite the solid arm length, he was able to post 31 reps of 225 on Friday. He'll have evaluators, desperate to find out who he is, trying to access his tape once they're done in Indianapolis.
Brian Schwenke, C, California
Brian Schwenke showed off his athleticism on Satuday, running a 4.97 unofficial 40 with a 1.68 10-yard split. This carried over to the drills, where he looked very fluid. Mike Mayock called Schwenke an instant starter coming out of the third round.
Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee
There was some intrigue with Dallas Thomas as a potential early second-round prospect because he could maybe play right tackle in addition to guard. However, his 33 1/8-inch arms really could nullify that. He'll probably have to stay at guard.
Brian Winters, G, Kent State
As with Dallas Thomas, there was some speculation that Brian Winters would be able to play tackle in addition to guard. That is definitely not the case, as NFL personnel people discovered when Winters' arm size came in at just 32 3/4 inches. Winters will be stuck at guard.
FEB. 22 UPDATE: Winters managed just nine reps of 225 pounds because of a chest injury. He didn't get a lot of exposure at Kent State, so his inability to showcase himself in Indianapolis will hurt.