And with the #54 Pick in the Arrowhead Pride Community Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings Select...

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                        Louisville C Eric Wood

kcsno56 with the pick...

Going into the draft, the Vikings have relatively few needs, at least as they compare to most other teams.

As I went over when picking in the first round, their greatest need is WR.

Other needs include: RT, Safety and Center.

I still feel very confident the Vikings go WR in round 1, and similarly sure they will look at one of these three positions in round 2.

As of yesterday, I was thinking William Moore might just slip to Minnesota, in which case, he’d have been the pick.  Similarly if Beatty or Loadholt make it to #54, I think The Vikes will likely jump on them, as RT is a slightly greater need than Center.

Which leads me to my pick, Eric Wood, Center, Louisville. (6'3⅞" 310 lbs)

I know some are hoping Wood slides to the Chiefs at the top of Round 3, I’ll say that I think its more likely Wood goes in round 1 than falls to round 3, but most likely he goes in the middle of round 2, and if he’s around for the Vikings pick, they’ll grab him.

As you all likely know, the Vikings lost long-time starter, and perennial pro-bowler Matt Birk to Free Agency.  Drafting Wood gives them a mostly seamless transition, and likely fills the position for years to come.

Wood started 49 consecutive games for Louisville and that kind of durability is a major plus for the signal caller on the offensive line, and shouldn’t be understated.  He was also team Captain his senior year.

Wood ran the 2nd fastest 40 time at the combine…I’m not one to overstate something like this, but it does tell you that you can pull him, and let him get out in space in front of AD.  It also will help him get downfield quickly on screens to do some damage, and the Vikings love utilizing their backs in the passing game.

For another perspective, here is Draft Countdown:

“Very good size and bulk...Excellent strength...Super tough and real physical...A finisher who plays with a nasty demeanor...Light on his feet with nice footwork...Can pull and get to the second level...Quick and agile with decent athleticism...Intelligent with a first-rate football IQ...Intense and competitive...Hard worker...Has a ton of experience.”

Scanning the mocks, Wood is one of the guys flying up the draft boards, no disrespect to Holmeslice, but if Luigs goes off the board before Wood…I’d be very surprised.  While Mack is most ‘expert’s’ choice as the #1 Center in the class, there now is a debate over the #2 C between Unger and Wood.  The Vikings would be thrilled with either, I’m not sure one will make it to #54, but if they do, they’ll be selected here.

Round 1 is here.

Previous pick: RB LeSean McCoy

Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)

On the clock for tomorrow: Atlanta Falcons (RedNose), Miami Dolphins (shraggyj) and Baltimore Ravens (Ben S)

Click over for the schedule and current draft results.

Pick Round 2 Selection Date Approval Rating
1(33) Detroit Lions - UCrawford  CB Darius Butler Weds., April 8th 48%
2(34) New England Patriots (From Kansas City) - connerman  DE Robert Ayers Weds., April 8th 67%
3(35) St. Louis Rams - Lanier63  DT Evander Hood Thursday, April 9th 55%
4(36) Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway  DE Connor Barwin Thursday, April 9th 68%
5(37) Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel  OT William Beatty Friday, April 10th 67%
6(38) Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic  C Max Unger Friday, April 10th 68%
7(39) Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns  G Duke Robinson Monday, April 13th 72%
8(40) Oakland Raiders - mushin T Phil Loadholt Monday, April 13th 68%
9(41) Green Bay Packers - JasonM  DT Ron Brace Tuesday, April 14th 62%
10(42) Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread DE Michael Johnson Tuesday, April 14th 60%
11(43) San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch DE/LB Larry English Weds. April 15th 67%
12(44) Miami Dolphins (From Washington) - shraggyj  WR Kenny Britt Weds. April 15th 69%
13(45) New York Giants (From New Orleans) - ChiefsFan90s  LB Clint Sintim Thursday, April 16th 64%
14(46) Houston Texans - ChiefsDude FS Louis Delmas Thursday, April 16th 37%
15(47) New England Patriots (From San Diego) - connerman DE/OLB Paul Kruger Friday, April 17th 64%
16(48) Denver Broncos (From Texans) - Keyser Sose  RB Donald Brown Friday, April 17th 41%
17(49) Chicago Bears - Holmeslice C Jonathan Luigs Monday, April 20th
18(50) Cleveland Browns (From Tampa Bay) - HIV2Elway  RB Shonn Green Monday, April 20th
19(51) Dallas Cowboys - chiefsfan1384
SS William Moore
Monday, April 20th
20(52) New York Jets - PSUkegreen WR Mohamed Massaquoi Tuesday, April 21st
21(53) Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717  RB LeSean McCoy Tuesday, April 21st
22(54) Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56  C Eric Wood
Tuesday, April 21st
23(55) Atlanta Falcons - RedNose   Weds. April 22nd
24(56) Miami Dolphins - shraggyj   Weds. April 22nd
25(57) Baltimore Ravens - Ben S   Weds. April 22nd
26(58) New England Patriots - connerman   Thursday, April 23rd
27(59) Carolina Panthers - 808NaNz808   Thursday, April 23rd
28(60) New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s   Thursday, April 23rd
29(61) Indianapolis Colts - saskwatch   Friday, April 24th
30(62) Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99   Friday, April 24th
31(63) Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH   Friday, April 24th
32(64) Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33   Friday, April 24th

 

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