First Round: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd's free fall finally stops at 23 overall; 20 spots lower than I had him going in my last mock. This is obviously an amazing pick for Minnesota, who fills a big need and gets amazing value. The Vikings needed someone to pair with Williams, and now they have a guy with amazing potential. This might be the best value pick of the draft so far. Thank God they didn't take Te'o ahead of Floyd.
First Round: Xavier Rhodes, CB/S, Florida State
I don't love this pick, but I don't hate it either. He's good value, but WR and ILB are much bigger needs. With a crop of WRs available as well as Ogletree (who I have no idea how he's still available) still on the board, I don't see why they went with Rhodes. The good thing with Rhodes is that he offers good versatility; he can start at either CB or S. I think he might contribute the most playing safety opposite Harrison Smith.
First Round: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
ANALYSIS: A third 1st rounder for Minnesota? They certainly gave up a lot for this one, and I'm pretty surprised New England agreed to trade down this far. However, they did get the Vikings 2nd 3rd and 4th rounders. Minnesota did a good job getting 3 of their positions of need addressed in round one, but the linebacker position is going to be a huge problem next year because of this trade. That's really the only problem I have with this pick. Patterson is a bit raw, but he could be an amazing wide receiver if developed correctly. Hopefully he can learn a lot from Greg Jennings.
Fourth Round: Gerald, Hodges, OLB, Penn State
The Vikings are back to the draft board after taking off all of day two. Hodges is a solid linebacker prospect who projects as an outside linebacker in the 4-3. Middle linebacker was a bigger need, but this is still a solid selection.
Fifth Round: Jeff Locke, P, UCLA
I hate taking punters this early, but they new they would need one. Kluwe was released soon after the draft. I think they could have gotten just as good of a replacement in the sixth or seventh round.
Sixth Round: Jeff Baca, G, UCLA
Decent pick. Baca could have gone a bit earlier, and with the Vikings need at guard he could end up starting if he impresses in the pre season.
Seventh Round: Michael Mauti, MLB, Penn State / Travis Bond, G, North Carolina / Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida State
Amazing seventh round for the Vikings. Mauti would be a day two pick if he didn't tear his ACL, and Dawkins could have gone as early as the fourth round. Both of these guys could end up being starters for them down the road. Don't forget about Bond either, he's solid guard depth in the final round.
Aside from the Punter, I liked every single one of Minnesota's picks. They didn't reach, and got four projected starters. That is a great draft. They filled almost all of their needs, and got great players all the way up until the seventh round. The Vikings had one of the best drafts this season.
FINAL GRADE: A-