Will update as the draft goes on.
4th - Matt Kalil -- LT -- USC
29th - Harrison Smith -- S -- ND
66th - Josh Robinson -- CB -- Central Florida
118th - Jarius Wright -- WR -- Arkansas
128th - Rhett Ellison -- TE/FB -- USC
134th - Greg Childs -- WR -- Arkansas
139th - Robert Blanton -- CB/S -- ND
Kalil - The logical pick. Couldn't have missed between Claiborne and Kalil, glad they went with the move that will keep Ponder upright. Charlie Johnson can move inside, this move improves 3 positions. (LT, LG, QB). Also, they picked up 3 extra picks at the expense of the Browns and still go their guy, so this may be the best selection of the draft.
Smith - A great fit in the cover 2, Vikings get the #2 safety in a weak safety draft. He will have to really flounder not to be a starter week 1. Any draft you can get 2 starters out of day one is a good draft.
Robinson - Vikings channel al Davis and take the fastest guy in the draft. Been clocked sub 4.3 in the 40 time. Also had a great 20 yard shuttle vertical and broad jump. He will likely compete to be a starting corner, but more likely will not open the year at that position. Really like this pick.
Wright - A burner at WR, gives the Vikings another deep threat. It will be interesting to see if Ponder can develop that aspect of his game. Downfield passing was poor last season, but the wide receivers the vikings ran out there were not very good. Wright is likely in competition for the #4 WR spot in competition with another Arkansas WR the Vikings selected Greg Childs. He also will compete with Robinson for return duties as Harvin is no longer going to be out there.
Ellison - When ESPN listed him as a FB I was scratching my head. But he'll likely play an H-Back role. Blocking TE part of the time, lead blocker on other downs. Ok pick. Probably a candidate to end up on the practice squad or not with the team
Childs - An Arkansas pipeline is starting to materialize in Minnesota. Vikings get a possession receiver to compliment the downfield threats they've added this offseason in Simpson and Wright. Should compete to be a #4 this season.
Blanton - A corner at ND, likely a safety in the NFL. Vikings are getting really heavy with former Irish (Carlson, Rudolph, Smith and Blanton). If Blanton impresses he's going to have a shot at starting. The Vikings are incredibly weak at safety and any new blood will be good for the position. I hope this pick does not mean Abdullah is not re-signed. Despite his concussions I think he has a chance to be a starter
- Vikings Receive (From Cleveland): Picks 4, 118, 139, 211 Vikings Lose (to Cleveland): Pick 3
- Vikings Receive (From Baltimore): Pick 29 Vikings Lose (To Baltimore): Picks 35, 98
- Vikings Receive (From Detroit): Pick 219, and 2013 4th round pick, Vikings Lose (To Detroit): Picks 138, 2223