Just a short post here on the first day of the NFL draft. The top two picks are obvious: Luck and Griffin III. The rest, not so much. It seems the Vikings are waffling between Claiborne, Kalil, and Blackmon (less so Blackmon).
I think that by far the best thing for the Vikings to do would be to see if they can trade down and pick up even an extra 5th round or 4th round pick. Teams over-excited about Tannehill might be interested, or perhaps Tampa might want to leap over the Browns to get Trent Richardson. Either way, if the Vikings can trade that pick, they absolutely should do it as fast as they can. If they can swap down to 5 or even 8 they will likely still get one of their top 3 and still get value by adding a pick to bolster their horrendously bad team.
If not, they should take Kalil, hands down. They already signed Simpson at WR for one year and so they should pass on Blackmon, who I’m not convinced is a top 10 talent anyway (I’d like to be proven wrong here). Claiborne fills a huge need but I don’t think is as much a value as Kalil, who can lock down their left tackle position for a decade. Christian Ponder, their QB, was on the run for his life much of last season, and to improve he needs more than just an extra weapon, he needs protection.
Whatever they do, if the Vikings aren’t able to trade down I am fairly convinced the Browns will take Richardson. They might surprise us all and take Justin Blackmon instead just to try to give another weapon to Colt McCoy, but I think Richardson is a bigger need. RBs are, in some ways, a dime a dozen now though, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Browns go for Blackmon. From there, I suspect Claiborne to go to Tampa, assuming the Vikings don’t snag him. If not, then look at Blackmon here.
Lots of excitement about this draft. I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the first few picks, though. Oh well.