clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks) Select...

The Steelers' London opponent is back up with their second selection in the 1st round, and BTSC user Michael Uhlhorn again has the pick.

Hannah Foslien

I spent time breaking down the Minnesota Vikings' needs in the post for their last pick, so let's get right to the selection.

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.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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.

this is the type of pick that allows a franchise to retool without having to actually rebuild from scratch when Ponder eventually flames out-Michael Uhlhorn

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.

Team Player Pos School BTSC rep
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 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 Geno Smith QB West Virginia Michael Uhlhorn







Mr MaLoR