We are back for round two of the Full Press Vikings mock drafts. Once again, it was done with Fanspeak’s Mock Draft Simulator, without trades You will also notice an extra two picks in the sixth round for the Vikings. Those are their expected compensatory picks.
Here are the results of Mock Draft 2.0.
This was a mock with mixed results. On the one hand, the Vikings add a lot of depth with potential star power on both sides of the line and get a quarterback with upside on day three. On the other hand, however, they miss out on boosting their secondary and receiver positions.
Round 1 (30): G Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
Anthony Talanca profiled Wynn earlier this week. He is an exceptional athlete for the guard position, looking more like a tackle when he drops into his pass set. He gets first step on most opponents and moves to the second level with fluidity. Next to Pat Elflein, Minnesota would immediately have one of the most athletic interior lines in the league. He is not a mauler like Will Hernandez or Quenton Nelson, but he is more than strong and fierce enough to be a productive run blocker at the next level. If nothing else, Wynn should help neutralize any interior rush the Vikings would face.
Round 2 (62): Edge Harold Landry, Boston College
Landry is a first round talent with enough rawness to perhaps drop him to the second round. All the physical traits are there; he has plus speed around the edge, great length and the balance to sink and turn the corner. He could add a little strength up top, but as a pass-rusher, he is an elite talent in this draft. His primary issue is his one-note approach. He relies almost exclusively on speed and sink to get around the edge. Landry has yet to find a go-to move or counter move, something he will need for consistent NFL success. He also is not a hard-nosed run-stopper. But the potential with him is undeniable and teams can never have enough elite pass rushers.
Round 3 (94): DT Derrick Nnadi, Florida State
In the last mock, quarterbacks were the hot commodity. In this one, it was defensive tackles. While some of the high end tackles went before the Vikings picked, Nnadi in late round three is a solid pickup. He is not a physical specimen like some of the other tackles, but Nnadi is fundamentally sound with good quickness and strength. Not just a straight-line player, Nnadi can attack either gap with vigor. He hand-fights well, making him an immediate threat as an interior pass-rusher. He also has a variety of effective pass rush moves and counters. Nnadi has a motor that never dies, even in the rare case he is beaten. He is not the guy to improve Minnesota’s defensive line immediately like Da’Ron Payne, but his upside is quality NFL starter. Next to Linval Joseph, that is all the Vikings need.
Round 5 (169): QB Luke Falk, Washington State
As far as day three quarterbacks go, Falk is the safest bet to have a productive NFL career. Now, whether that is as a starter or backup is another question. He has most of the tools to be a starter one day: He is tall, has a decent arm, great accuracy and a tight, compact release. But his numbers also benefited from a high-volume offense and lots of short range throws (fewer than seven yards per attempt in 2017).
Falk is willing to push the ball downfield, typically throwing with good touch. His accuracy comes and goes on his deep balls, but he does make some big-time throws. His pocket presence is good, sliding in the pocket when he senses pressure. He is not particularly mobile, so he will usually try to find space within the pocket rather than break outside. When he does get out of the pocket, however, he has good strength and accuracy throwing on the run.
Falk is a project, to be sure, but aspects of his game are intriguing. He could be a starter in a few short years, or he could be a career backup. Either way, he would be a good pickup in the late fifth round.
Round 6 (207): DT P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State
We covered him today, so no need to go into greater detail on his game. Simply put, Hall is a sleeper FCS prospect who has potential to be a tremendous difference-maker at the next level.
Round 6 (214): Edge Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State
Another guy Anthony Talanca profiled earlier, Lewis is a prospect of production more so than potential. He put up good sack numbers at Ohio State, but he is not viewed as the NFL-caliber player his numbers would suggest. Most of that is due to his relative lack of athleticism. He is not slow, per se, but given where the NFL is headed with regards to pass-rushers, he does not fit. Lewis excelled when bumped inside on passing downs, however, so that could be a place where he finds a niche. He has good size and solid technique, he just has a low ceiling that likely will not include being an every down player.
Round 6 (217): G Skyler Phillips, Idaho State
Phillips is the only player to appear on both mock drafts so far. Another FCS talent, Phillips, like Hall, has NFL characteristics despite his lack of exposure to pro level talent. He is big and strong and gets a good initial push in the run game. His biggest weakness in this area, however, is his tendency to lose his balance, and thus fail to maintain blocks. Phillips is still effective because of that initial push, but he must learn to use his hands to stay on his man. As a pass blocker, Phillips is pretty sound. His past as a tackle helped him establish a good set, lateral quickness and the instincts to pick up stunts and blitzes. His hand work needs some polishing, but Phillips has some starter upside, mostly due to his great size.
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