The Minnesota Vikings had a pretty poor season last year, but they also have the opportunity to get better in a hurry with a pretty high first round pick. SB Nation has been running first round NFL mock drafts for more than a month now, but now we've expanded to two full rounds of speculation and fun. Let's see who they have the Vikings taking with their first two picks.
In the first round, at 12th overall, they have the Vikings taking Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Here is their rationale.
Minnesota's desperation for a quarterback seems higher than other teams', and this is a good value spot for Gabbert.
Can't argue with that. Somebody has to be taking snaps for the Vikings next year, and maybe in the next few years. With their next pick, they continue to add depth to the offensive side of the ball, with Danny Watkins a guard from Baylor.
Watkins' stock is soaring after a strong week at the Senior Bowl, and the Vikings need a long-term replacement for Steve Hutchinson.
The Vikings need a lot of help up front, as Brett Favre's purple arm can attest to. Bringing in someone like Watkins who has a lot of potential to be a good player down the line.
The Vikings need help all over the field, but beefing up their offensive line, as well as (hopefully) finidng their quarterback of the future, would be a pretty good haul.