Everyone knows Andrew Luck is going first overall to the Indianapolis Colts. When his name is called on draft day it will be as big a surprise as the day former Menudo member and late ’90s pop star Ricky Martin officially came out of the closet.
The real draft begins at number two. And gets more interesting at number three and so on.
What will the Vikings do? With Christian Ponder, last year’s #1 pick under center, I can’t see them going quarterback. Yes, he has a lot to learn, and a long way to go to reach that ceiling, but he’s the future. Also, Matt Barkley decided to stay in school, and I believe if you can’t get Luck or Barkley, than the Vikes might as well stay with the girl they brought to the dance. Robert Griffin III and Landry Jones are fine prospects, but I don’t think they’ll punt on Ponder for those guys.
It’s not unheard of for a team to draft quarterbacks very high in back to back years. The Carolina Panthers just did it with Jimmy Claussen out of Notre Dame in 2010 (#43 overall) and Cam Newton #1 last year. So far, it seems like it’s kind of worked out for them, so who knows maybe some other teams will pick up on the idea.
The Vikings have plenty of needs on both sides of the ball.
On defense you could address the safety and the tackle position. But I think they’ll do something about their less-than-stellar offensive line.
I say they go with Jonathan Martin, the big OL from Stanford.
For my entire mock draft first round go here
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