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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Gets It Half Right For The Vikings

Todd McShay of ESPN has expanded his mock draft to two rounds, and in his picks for the Vikings, he manages to get it half right, in my opinion. (Sorry, you can't see the link unless you're an E$PN In$ider.)

At pick number 12, he has the Vikings selecting an offensive lineman. This time, it's Anthony Castonzo out of Boston College. Here is McShay's explanation behind the pick.

The Vikings are said to be interested in Washington QB Jake Locker and even worked Locker out recently, but he's a reach here, and if Minnesota is that enamored with him the better play would be to trade back and try to get him later while also gaining an extra draft pick. If the Vikings stay put, Castonzo is the best option. I like Nate Solder's upside more but Catonzo should be ready to contribute right away and play on either side. Bringing him in would allow Minnesota to move Bryant McKinnie to right tackle and slide Phil Loadholt inside to guard.

Now, this is the first I've heard about the Vikings moving McKinnie to right tackle and Loadholt to right guard, and I'm still not sure how well Loadholt's skill set transfers to the inside, but man. . .that would be one massive right side of the offensive line if it were to happen. That's the only possible scenario where I would see an offensive tackle this high making sense, but I'm still not sure about it. In his scenario, McShay has Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara going to the Detroit Lions right after Minnesota's pick, and I think that Amukamara would actually be a much better pick for the Vikings than Castonzo or any other offensive lineman in this scenario.

In the second round, McShay makes a great pick for the Vikings when he grabs TCU quarterback Andy Dalton at selection number 43. The more I'm hearing about Dalton, the more I think I'd like him to end up in Minnesota as a potential quarterback of the future. From what was said about his Pro Day, he can make all of the throws, he's a smart guy, and all the guy does is win. . .he was a four-year starter for the Horned Frogs, lost seven games that entire time, led TCU to four bowl games in that time, and was victorious in three of them (not to mention he was the MVP of all of the Horned Frogs' bowl wins in that span).

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