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Cincyjungle Mock Round 2 - The Minnesota Vikings Select...

For pick No. 43 pick in the second-annual Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, our own Paul Cannon selected for the Minnesota Vikings, who have only a first and second-pick after trading their third-round pick to the New England Patriots for Randy Moss. Here is the pick...

With pick No. 43 pick in the 2011 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select...

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

This was the exact scenario that the Minnesota Vikings didn’t want to find themselves in. The team is in desperate need of a quarterback heading into the 2011 NFL year, but that doesn’t mean they have to sink to desperation. What the Vikings should want to get out of this draft is a quarterback capable of coming in, handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson, make the simple throws, and be a leader both on and off the field. Christian Ponder of Florida St. would be an ideal fit, but he’s off the board already. I like Andy Dalton from TCU, but it would be a reach to grab him here with better talent still on the board. So I chose Ryan Mallet. While Mallet has all the physical tools that he needs to be successful, what he lacks is the leadership qualities that you would look for from a guy heading into an unstable organization. So if truth-be-told, Ryan Mallet is probably the last guy that the Vikings should want to fall into their lap in the second round.

Knowing that the Vikings have a lot of holes to fill this year, I was targeting some other positions of need after Christian Ponder was taken off the board with the No. 35 pick by the Bengals. And with Rahim Moore still there, with only one pick left to go, I was set to pick up the top rated safety to help stabilize the backfield tandem of third-year safety Tyrell Johnson, and former Bengal Madieu Williams who had a miserable 2010 campaign. However, as fate would have it for this snake bitten franchise, Moore was snatched up one pick in front of them. I considered other positions. DE is a need with the possible exodus of Ray Edwards, but eight of them have already come off the board in this mock – not much value there. I also considered CB, but there wasn’t much value there either with Jimmy Smith, Prince Amukamara and Patrick Peterson all gone at this point. I even thought about taking an offensive guard or center, but I had already chosen Tyron Smith with the Vikings first round pick, and didn’t see much value in adding even more O-lineman. There was really only one position left where I could find value and match a need: quarterback.

Of all the QBs in the 2011 crop, Ryan Mallet is probably the best pure passer in the draft. He is incredibly talented at delivering the long ball, and hits his targets with accuracy and a lot of zip. He has the ability to make every throw on the football field, and does so routinely. There are concerns about his footwork, but those are the kinds of things easily addressed by the coaching staff. He’s not a mobile quarterback (though he does have good pocket awareness), and most analysts suspect that he is going to need a good offensive line at the NFL level. Tyron Smith should become Mallet’s best friend if the draft unfolds this way. Mallet’s biggest adjustment will be acclimating to the pressure cooker that is the NFL. He’ll have to prove that he can be a leader both on and off the field and in front of the cameras. Without a doubt, the Vikings are getting a steal by picking up Mallet in the middle of the second round. Now it’s up to him to live up to his talent level.

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Draft Overview:

# Team Picked By Name/Positon of Pick
1 Carolina James Shively Nick Fairley / DT
2 Denver sexsalad Patrick Peterson / CB
3 Buffalo Elguapo09 Von Miller / OLB
4 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2 A.J. Green / WR
5 Arizona Broski Da'Quan Bowers / DE
6 Cleveland Joe Goodberry Marcell Dareus / DL
7 San Francisco Heybrown Prince Amukamara / CB
8 Tennessee Oxalis Cam Newton / QB
9 Dallas Jim0ijk Robert Quinn / DE
10 Washington Pardon_My_French Blaine Gabbert / QB
11 Houston Joe27 Julio Jones / WR
12 Minnesota CarsonOrBust Tyron Smith / OL
13 Detroit The_Black_Stripes Cameron Jordan / DL
14 St. Louis Jaegner Aldon Smith / DE
15 Miami JaredM Mark Ingram / RB
16 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit JJ Watt / DE
17 New England (from Oakland / Seymour) UpStateMike Anthony Castonzo / OT
18 San Diego Quickslant Mike Pouncey / OG
19 New York Giants TheDealio Akeem Ayers / OLB
20 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch Ryan Kerrigan / DE
21 Kansas City Indesignkat Corey Liuget / DT
22 Indianapolis Ddbumpus Nate Solder / OT
23 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12 Gabe Carimi / OT
24 New Orleans FriarBob Cameron Heyward / DE
25 Seattle IgnatiusJReilly Jake Locker / QB
26 Baltimore FriarBob Adrian Clayborn / DE
27 Atlanta TruWhoDey Justin Houston / DE/OLB
28 New England UpStateMike Muhammad Wilkerson / DL
29 Chicago Bsmith4256 Derek Sherrod / OL
30 New York Jets Polo_614 Phil Taylor / DT
31 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison Jimmy Smith / CB
32 Green Bay Sean Weaver Stephen Paea / DL
33 New England (from Carolina / Armanti Edwards) UpStateMike Brooks Reed / OLB
34 Buffalo Elguapo09 Allen Bailey / DE
35 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2 Christian Ponder / QB
36 Denver sexsalad Kyle Rudolph / TE
37 Cleveland Jason Garrison
Torrey Smith / WR
38 Arizona Broski
Rodney Hudson / G-C
39 Tennessee Oxalis
Marvin Austin / DT
40 Dallas Jim0ijk
Danny Watkins / G
41 Washington Pardon_My_French Jonathan Baldwin/WR
42 Houston Joe27 Rahim Moore/ FS
43 Minnesota CarsonOrBust Ryan Mallett/ QB
44 Detroit The_Black_Stripes
45 San Francisco Heybrown
46 Denver (from Miami / Brandon Marshall) sexsalad
47 St. Louis Jaegner
48 Oakland NoodleXV
49 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit
50 San Diego Quickslant
51 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch
52 New York Giants TheDealio
53 Indianapolis Ddbumpus
54 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12
55 Kansas City Indesignkat
56 New Orleans FriarBob
57 Seattle IgnatiusJReilly
58 Baltimore Joe Goodberry
59 Atlanta TruWhoDey
60 New England UpStateMike
61 San Diego (from NYJets / Antonio Cromartie) Quickslant
62 Chicago Bsmith4256
63 Pittsburgh FriarBob
64 Green Bay Sean Weaver
65 Carolina James Shively
66 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2
67 Denver sexsalad
68 Buffalo Elguapo09
69 Arizona Broski
70 Cleveland FriarBob
71 Dallas Jim0ijk
72 New Orleans (from Washington / Jammal Brown) FriarBob
73 Houston Joe27
74 New England (from Minnesota / Randy Moss) UpStateMike
75 Detroit The_Black_Stripes
76 San Francisco Heybrown
77 Tennessee Oxalis
78 St. Louis Jaegner
79 Miami JaredM
80 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit
81 Oakland NoodleXV
82 San Diego Quickslant
83 New York Giants TheDealio
84 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch
85 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12
86 Kansas City Indesignkat
87 Indianapolis Ddbumpus
88 New Orleans FriarBob
89 San Diego (from Seattle / Charlie Whitehurst) Quickslant
90 Baltimore Jason Garrison
91 Atlanta TruWhoDey
92 New England UpStateMike
93 Chicago Bsmith4256
94 New York Jets Polo_614
95 Pittsburgh Joe Goodberry
96 Green Bay Sean Weaver
97 (possible compensatory)

98 (possible compensatory)

99 (possible compensatory)