The 2009 BTSC Community Mock Draft is moving along with the 22nd pick, thanks to another quality contributor Tshaff who is picking for the Minnesota Vikings. Our draft has been moving at a great clip the last few days and up next is sn0wballz who is picking for the rival Patriots. -DYM-
First, I would like to reference my selection from the 2008 BTSC Mock Draft. I had the Denver Broncos picking Ryan Clady with the 12th pick in the draft. I was correct (not surprising), but what I wrote in the opening paragraph really surprised me considering all the recent events surrounding the Broncos in the last month...
With the 12th pick my job here has been made easy and at this point in the draft I think this will be one of the most agreed upon picks. And if I'm Mike Shanahan I'm thrilled because this pick will not be up for debate by the fans, which could have caused even more turmoil for a franchise on the verge of self destruction.
As it turns out Clady was not enough to keep the Broncos from self destruction, however necessary it may have been.
Now onto the Vikings...
Coming off a season where the Vikings won the NFC North and made it into the playoffs, they will rightfully head into this year with their heads held high and hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. I believe they have a shot because of the division they are playing in and the stout defense they bring every single week (Allen, Williams Bros, Winfield, Greenway). They have very good players at every level and this is a team that is built to win now. As with the Vikings in the Brad Childress era, their fate in the season and a potential playoff run will ultimately be decided by QB play.
Number of Selections: 6 (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 7)
Re-Signed: Jim Kleinsasser TE, Charles Gordon CB, Naufahu Tahi FB, Benny Sapp CB, Fred Evans DT, Jimmy Kennedy DT, Jayme Mitchell DE, Otis Grigsby DE, Heath Farwell FB
Players Acquired: Sage Rosenfels QB, Glenn Holt WR/KR, Karl PaymahCB
Players Lost: Matt Birk C, Darren Sharper S, Marcus Johnson OT, Gus Frerotte QB, Vinny Ciurciu LB/ST, Maurice Hicks RB
Brad Childress has built the Vikings HIS WAY. I give lot of credit to Ziggy Wilf, the team owner, because he trusted his hiring decision and has given Childress full control to make all coaching and personnel decisions. One of his first hiring decisions was to bring on a defensive coach from Tampa to lead his defense, Mike Tomlin.... need I say more. You'll see that the Vikes have made a significant effort to keep their young players. None of these guys are big names, but they are key pieces for the Vikings to remain cohesive in the locker room and competitive on the field. Guys released or not resigned are aging and/or overpaid.
It's been noted that the two biggest needs for the Vikings are OL and WR. There are three significant reasons why the Vikings will go with OT and not WR.
- WR's take longer to make an impact and the Vikings need their #1 Pick to contribute immediately
- Percy Harvin tested positive for smoking pot. Not a smart move heading into the combine... and to the Vikes he may as well been driving the love boat
- With only 6 picks in the 2009 draft there is even more pressure on the personnel guys to hit on their first 3 picks and WR is just too risky
With our focus turned to the OL there is one guy who is quickly rising up the draft boards, has experience playing RT and LT, and will come in and provide an immediate upgrade over Ryan Cook.
Vikings Pick at #22 is OT Eben Britton from Arizona
"Although he was able to use sheer size, strength and athleticism to be a force, Britton could have used another college season to hone his game. He started all 37 games he appeared in at Arizona, lining up at right tackle for the first 24 before shifting to left tackle in 2008. Britton is a very bright, high character type who was a team captain and is expected to work hard to get ever closer to his significant potential. His work ethic is reflected in his getting only four penalties in 2,461 snaps, according to coaches stats. His made 17 blocks that led directly to touchdowns in 2008." - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com
For a full scouting report on Britton check out this link at CBSSports
#1) Detroit Lions - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
#2) St. Louis Rams - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
#3) Kansas City Chiefs - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
#4) Seattle Seahawks - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
#5) Cleveland Browns - Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
#6) Cincinnati Bengals - Jeremy Maclin, WR/KR, Missouri
#7) Oakland Raiders - B.J. Rahi, DT, Boston College
#8) Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
#9) Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
#10) San Francisco 49ers - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
#11) Buffalo Bills- Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
#12) Denver Broncos- Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
#13) Washington Redskins - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
#14) New Orleans Saints - Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
#15) Houston Texans - Rey Mualuaga, LB, USC
#16) San Diego Chargers - Evander 'Ziggy' Wolf, DE, Missouri
#17) New York Jets - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
#18) Denver Broncos - Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern Cal
#19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Brian CushingLB, Southern Cal
#20) Detroit Lions (from DAL via Roy Williams trade) - Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State