if the Saints would pass on home town once in a lifetime type of player in Leonard Fournette I would DIE!! Mark Ingram hasn't shown to be all that great. We will likely have a new young QB in a few years and a BEAST back would do him wonders. Hell he may help Brees last a little longer in that he won't have to pass 100 times a game. Delvin Breaux, PJ Williams, DeVante Harris, Ken Crawley, Damian Swann, and Kyle Wilson will be plenty enough depth at corner. The 2 UDFA corners have played good considering they are undrafted. I think PJ was gonna have a good year before the devastating concussion. We are missing Sheldon Rankins right now and our top 3 corners. This D isn't as bad as most think, but the devastating injuries to all our corners have killed us, which would happen to every team out there. Plus I'm scared of Bama corners BIG TIME!! They seem to bust or take forever to produce!!
Yeah the Patriots are just clamoring for an interior offensive lineman. After all they have Thuney and Mason as starters at guard with Jonathan Cooper and Ted Karras as back-ups and have a very good center in David Andrews. What the Patriots need is an offensive tackle because Sebastian Vollmer ain't getting any younger and hasn't really been fully healthy the last two seasons. If there's a great prospect at OT at the end of the first round the Patriots should take him. You're out of your tree if you think the Patriot's greatest need is an interior offensive lineman.
Yet again, I will follow Walt's lead for this draft order outside the fact that the Bears land the top pick over the 49ers or Browns, I have more faith in Cutler running into wins before I do with Kessler or Gabbert. Also, there are still some players not in the system such as the Illini DEs, Justin Evans and Malik Hooker at safety. Until they are in I will mock without them.
The NFC North just got much, much tougher as Jay Cutler enters the divisional war, but the Vikings can't back down on Draft Day. Minnesota went 4-2 in the division, but only beat the Lions by a grand total of six points. Chicago actually has a legitimate quarterback; Green Bay should improve their defense in the 2009 NFL Draft; and the Lions have nowhere to go but up. The Vikings have so much potential, and it will be interesting to see which needs they address in the draft because I do consider them a bit of a wild card.
Let's get to their draft range at No. 22 overall:
Alex Mack: Mack is one of the best center prospects in a very long time (I grade him higher than I did Nick Mangold) and would fill the void left by Matt Birk, who left for Baltimore in free agency. Mack has the power, athleticism, leadership and intelligence to be an immediate starter coming out of California. I think he would be a great fit in this offense next to Steve Hutchinson; watch out for him in the first round.
Peria Jerry/Evander Hood: Pat Williams is 36, and it's time for the Vikings to look for an eventual replacement. Fred Evans has some potential, but the Vikings have the chance to add an extremely talented player worthy of a replacement for Williams possibly as early as 2010, or in case he got injured this season.
Cornerback: As the draft approaches, I am feeling less and less confident the Vikings will go here. Alphonso Smith does not seem to have the value worthy of a No. 22 selection unless they were able to trade down. I do not think Vontae Davis fits their scheme since they play a lot of Cover-2 zone, but I could be wrong. It is doubtful Malcolm Jenkins will be on the board at this time; both New Orleans and Houston both need safety help.
Right Tackle: This seems to be the most obvious choice for the Vikings in the first round. Ryan Cook could really be upgraded to make this running game even more dominant than it previously was, which is pretty scary. However, there could be slim pickings at No. 22 since Michael Oher and Andre Smith both seem destined to be top 16 picks. I think the favorite here is Arizona's Eben Britton. Following up Britton is a sleeper in Oklahoma's Phil Loadholt, who seems to have some first-round buzz as of late.
Where could the Vikes look later on in the draft?
If they elect not to select Mack, then Eric Wood, Jonathan Luigs and Antoine Caldwell make sense in the second or third rounds. Luigs and Caldwell also offer some versatility at guard, which is never a bad thing if they can't crack the starting lineup at center.
In the second round, they could very likely go corner. D.J. Moore of Vanderbilt is a decent value there. He lacks size at 5-9, but he makes up for it with athleticism and ball skills. Kevin Barnes, Victor Harris and Keenan Lewis seem like attractive options in the third round.
In terms of a right tackle, the depth is shallow in the mid-rounds. Oregon's Fenuki Tupou and Penn State's Gerald Cadogan have starting potential on the right side.
Defensive tackle has some depth in this draft if the Vikings opt not to take Jerry or Hood in the first. Auburn's Sen'Derrick Marks, USC's Fili Moala and Georgia Tech's Vance Walker could be had in the second or third rounds.