The Minnesota Vikings are now on the clock in our BTB Community Mock Draft. Former consensus Cowboys target Prince Amukamara just came off the board to in-state rival Houston. Let's take a look at whom Minny selects to help the team rebound from a disappointing 2010 campaign. Leslie Frazier needs all the help he can get up there.
Selection: (QB) Jake Locker, Washington
Why the pick:
(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com:
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2):Quarterback, Feature Wide Receiver
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): 4-3 Defensive Tackle, Free Safety, Guard, Left Tackle, Slot Receiver, COP Running Back, Right Tackle
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): Tight End, Center, 4-3 Defensive End, 4-3 Outside LB
-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): 4-3 Middle LB, Strong Safety, Feature Running Back, Posession Receiver
-- Drafttek.com ranked #32 Overall, #3 at the position
-- Wes Bunting, National Football Post: #52 Overall, #3 at the position
Impression: The athletic ability, the arm strength and the intangibles are all there, and the upside his game possesses is still tremendous. However, there is still a lot of work needed to be done and will need time to sit back and mature if he hopes to develop into a franchise signal caller.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #23 overall, #3 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #28 overall, #3 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #20 overall, #2 at the position
He's got top-10 ability but he's got a hole in his game -- poor pocket awareness and accuracy within the pocket. He's as accurate on the edges as any quarterback I've seen on tape. I've talked to a lot of NFL quarterback coaches that believe over time, a one-year period, that his pocket awareness can be corrected. He's a little bit of a project.
Accuracy: Showed significant improvement in 2009, though still a work in progress in this area. Has to do a better job of setting his feet before making the throw. Too often forces receivers on short and intermediate routes to slow or reach wide to collect his throws. Flashes surprising touch down the seam and in hitting the back on swing passes, though he needs to gain consistency here. Proved most accurate in critical situations, drilling a variety of pro-style throws (comebacks, crossing routes and deep-outs) when Washington faced some of its best competition or in situations with the game on the line.
Arm Strength: Possesses ideal arm strength. Drives the ball on short and intermediate routes. In fact, may need to learn to more consistently throw with touch for shorter routes, as he too often zips passes through his targets' hands. Can stretch the defense deep and throw 60-plus yards with a tight trajectory. Experienced playing in poor weather and has the arm strength to slice through strong winds. Reportedly has been clocked at 95 mph by baseball scouts.
Setup/Release: Well versed taking the snap from under center and out of the shotgun. Good foot speed, balance and agility for the quarterback position, but is still developing the nuances of setting his feet before releasing the pass. Has an efficient, over-the-top delivery and delivers the ball with velocity.
Reading Defenses: May have regressed as a senior in this area after improving significantly from his sophomore season (under Tyrone Willingham) to his junior season (first under Sarkisian). Has a tendency to stare down his primary option. Can be too aggressive and will throw the deep ball into double-coverage.
On the Move: A true dual-threat quarterback. Estimated by scouts to have 4.5 speed, but plays faster due to his vision, and his long strides in the open field are deceptive. Has some wiggle to make defenders miss and seems to enjoy the physical aspect of the game. Had to be reined back by Sarkisian (and previously, Willingham) for his willingness to drop his shoulder and take on the defender for additional yardage. Dangerous thrower on the move, demonstrating good velocity and improving accuracy when rolling to his right or left. Has a tendency to forget his mechanics when throwing on the move, however, leading to some of his passes drifting high or wide of his intended target.
|Draft Pick||Team||2010 Record||Assigned GM||Team Needs||Selection|
|1||Carolina||(2-14)||Alexcomestokill||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, WR1, WR2, WR3, CB||AJ Green|
|2||Denver||(4-12)||Sean N||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT||Nick Fairley|
|3||Buffalo||(4-12)||BTB||Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink||Marcel Dareus|
|4||Cincinatti||(4-12)||staubachfan||QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC||Patrick Peterson|
|5||Arizona||(5-11)||howboutdemcowboyz||QB, 3-4 OLB, CB, OG, LOT||Cam Newton|
|6||Cleveland||(5-11)||BlueEyedDevil||4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, WR, FS, CB||Robert Quinn|
|7||San Francisco||(6-10)||regaberto||3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, CB, OC, QB||Von Miller|
|8||Tennesee||(6-10)||accidentalinnuendo||QB, CB, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB||Da'Quan Bowers|
|9||Dallas||(6-10)||ChiaCrack||ROT, FS, OG, SS, CB, SILB, WILB, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB||Tyron Smith|
|10||Washington||(6-10)||Creasy729||QB,RB, WR, OG, OC, 3-4DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Blaine Gabbert|
|11||Houston||(6-10)||I am Ironman!||3-4 DE, 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Prince Amukamara|
|12||Minnesota||(6-10)||KJDH2154||QB, WR, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, LOT, OG,||Jake Locker|