Let me start by saying how gullible those of you were who read "Spoiler alerts" and assumed I was going with a WR here.
Instead, the Vikings will spurn their need for a wide-receiver in this round, and instead make the biggest surprise pick in the history of professional or amateur sports:
With the 25th pick, the Minnesota Vikings select Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia.
Nobody believes Christian Ponder can lead this team to the playoffs on his own, and he has been fortunate to have the great Adrian Peterson shouldering the load so he doesn't have to. Geno Smith would provide a dynamic player that - when teamed with such a dominant running game - could lead this team to a playoff win or two as soon as this season.
The Vikings still need a WR, but I would look for them to draft one of the mid-round talents if they can secure a superior franchise QB at the end of the 1st round -- something that teams usually don't have the chance to do. In my opinion, there isn't another QB who will develop into a quality starter in this draft, and this is the type of pick that allows a franchise to retool without having to actually rebuild from scratch when Ponder eventually flames out.
Sorry, Green Bay, Geno Smith is off the board.
|1||Star Lotulelei||DT||Utah||[Link to pick]|
|2||Dion Jordan||DE/OLB||Oregon||[Link to pick]|
|3||Sharrif Floyd||DT||Florida||[Link to pick]|
|4||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama||[Link to pick]|
|5||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan||[Link to pick]|
|6||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M||[Link to pick]|
|7||Lane Johnson||OT||Oklahoma||[Link to pick]|
|8||Barkevious Mingo||OLB||LSU||[Link to pick]|
|9||Chance Warmack||OG||Alabama||[Link to pick]|
|10||Jonathan Cooper||OG||North Carolina||[Link to pick]|
|11||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia||[Link to pick]|
|12||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State||[Link to pick]|
|13||Ezekiel Ansah||DE||BYU||[Link to pick]|
|14||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee||[Link to pick]|
|15||Jarvis Jones||OLB||Georgia||[Link to pick]|
|16||Kenny Vaccaro||S||Texas||[Link to pick]|
|17||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame||[Link to pick]|
|18||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri||[Link to pick]|
|19||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State||[Link to pick]|
|20||D.J. Fluker||OT||Alabama||[Link to pick]|
|21||Alec Ogletree||LB||Georgia||[Link to pick]|
|22||via||Eddie Lacy||RB||Alabama||[Link to pick]|
|23||Sylvester Williams||DT||North Carolina||[Link to pick]|
|24||Datone Jones||DE||UCLA||[Link to pick]|
|25||via||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia||Michael Uhlhorn|