The Vikings traded for Mike Wallace, but if they watched him abandon his teammates, they know that they need some sort of insurance policy. They could even spend their first-round pick on a receiver. I'm not sure if the following was misleading, but it's worth noting that Adrian Peterson's agent, who is pissed that the Vikings are holding his client captive, tweeted out a hint that Minnesota really likes DeVante Parker.
*** OTHER 2015 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Trae Waynes, CB - It's almost 50-50 for me in terms of the Vikings selecting either Waynes or Parker. Waynes would fill a big need at cornerback across from Xavier Rhodes.
2. Todd Gurley, RB - This is a logical spot for Gurley if Minnesota gets a fair offer for Adrian Peterson.
Pick change; previously Trae Waynes, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 13
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
The Vikings had absolutely horrid play from the left tackle position last year. Perhaps that was because Matt Kalil was playing hurt. Regardless, the Vikings need to find an insurance policy just in case Kalil continues to struggle. At the very worst, T.J. Clemmings can be moved inside.
Pick change; previously Shaq Thompson, LB
Rd. 3, Pk. 12
Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
It appears as though Adrian Peterson won't be back in Minnesota next year, so the Vikings may want to grab a second-day running back to pair with Jerick McKinnon.
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Craig Mager, CB, Texas State
The Vikings could use an early selection on a cornerback so that they have a long-term starter across from Xavier Rhodes.
Pick change; previously Tyler Lockett, WR
Rd. 5, Pk. 1
Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State
The Vikings could stand to add some depth on their defensive line in the middle rounds.
Mike Zimmer loves collecting cornerbacks, and that habit makes sense in the NFC North with the potent passing attacks the Vikings are up against. Adding Waynes could form a dynamite tandem with Xavier Rhodes.
Waynes (6-0, 186) was very reliable for Michigan State in 2014. He impressed against Oregon and Michigan's Devin Funchess, and didn't turn in an ugly game the entire season. Waynes totaled 10 passes broken up, three interceptions and 50 tackles for the year. He is reliable not to allow separation in coverage and has illustrated the ability to be a man corner. Waynes is quick and physical.
While Darqueze Dennard received all the headlines in 2013, Waynes also had an excellent season for Michigan State as an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media. He totaled 50 tackles with five deflections and three interceptions. Waynes ended the year on a high note with good games against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
Pick change; previously DeVante Parker, WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 13
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
Mike Zimmer loves drafting linebackers, and the Vikings have shown interest in Thompson.
Thompson (6-0, 228) is an instinctive linebacker who has sideline-to-sideline speed. With Bishop Sankey in the NFL, Washington actually played Thompson at running back as well as linebacker. In 2014, Thompson totaled 81 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, four passes broken up, one interception and three forced fumbles. He also averaged 7.5 yards per carry for 456 yards and two touchdowns. Thompson produced some clutch turnovers for the Huskies. For the NFL, he's a defender.
Thompson totaled 78 tackles with four tackles for a loss, four passes broken up and an interception in 2013. As a freshman the season before, he made an immediate impact with 74 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss.
Rd. 3, Pk. 12
Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina
The Vikings grab more receiving talent for Teddy Bridgewater.
Hardy is a quick receiver who combines good route-running with reliable hands. The senior recorded 121 receptions for 1,494 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, including an impressive performance against Florida. Hardy had a huge junior season with 114 receptions for 1,284 yards and eight touchdowns. He totaled 88 catches for 1,105 yards with 11 scores as a sophomore. In his freshman year, Hardy caught 64 passes for 658 yards with six touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 192-pounder isn't the biggest receiver, but he knows how to get open.
Pick change; previously Jeremiah Poutasi, G/OT
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Jeremiah Poutasi, OT/G, Utah
The Vikings could use some young talent and competition along the offensive line.
Poutasi (6-5, 335) was a surprise early entry into the 2015 NFL Draft. 2014 was his second-straight season playing well at left tackle for the Utes. Just like the Texans' Xavier Su'a-Filo (2014 second-rounder out of UCLA), Poutasi is projected to move inside to guard in the NFL. In 2014, Poutasi opened a lot of holes on the ground for running back Devontae Booker. Poutasi played well at right tackle as a freshman in 2012, so he has some versatility for the next level.
The Vikings have many needs on offense, but the addition of Parker does a lot and also serves as a nice insurance policy if Cordarelle Patterson doesn’t pan out. Parker is a real talent who doesn’t get put into conversation with big names. He’s got the make-up of a number one receiver. He possesses the speed to get separation and the ball skills to catch a lot of good or bad passes. Him, Mike Wallace, and Patterson would be a great trio for Teddy Bridgewater.
I originally had the Vikings trading down with the 49ers and drafting Wayne's at 15 but since he raised his stock I can't see us taking that chance and I'm hoping we are sold on Wayne's as he would be a perfect fit. Wayne's + Rhodes + Munnerlyn = dominant pass defense
If the Jets are the big losers of the draft in this mock, the Vikings are the big winners. Without trading up, they get a WR some are mocking in the top 5? We'll see if it happens but I'm sure MIN fans would be ecstatic.
I would have put Ronnie Stanley here but he is not available to choose in this format so I'll go with Andrus Peat. Teddy B has been a godsend for Mike Zimmer in Minnesota so the next logical step is to protect him. Enter Peat from Stanford. He's long, athletic, and has great feet. He still needs to develop more and not block so high but he has pro bowl potential.
Matt Khalil was one of the worst tackles in the NFL last season and they Vikings need upgrades along their offensive line. The running-game could turn into a disaster if Adrian Peterson leaves town. Collins is a thick, strong tackle that excels in the run game. He is okay in pass protection, but it's probably only good enough for him to play right tackle in the league. He could see a shift to guard if needed due to his run-blocking talents. He can come in and start right away at tackle or guard.