Geoff Nichols Predicts Viking First and Draft Needs – 4-26-17

VikeFans.com’s resident draft and free agency expert, Geoff Nichols boldly predicts the Vikings first pick in the 2017 draft, and talks about good fits for the Offensive Guard, Linebacker and CB positions.  Will the Vikes take a Punter?  Will Teddy be back in camp for 2017?   Listen to that and more in this 24 minute show.   Geoff even makes his 2nd round pick for the Vikings!

 

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23 thoughts on “Geoff Nichols Predicts Viking First and Draft Needs – 4-26-17

  • April 26, 2017 at 10:25 am
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    Viking Bob said
    Tom,

     

    The link says the video doesn’t exist  

    it should work now – It has been weird, but it does exist. Please try again

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  • April 26, 2017 at 10:44 am
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    Sure like getting Geoff’s take, but man I wish we could do these things in writing. 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 10:55 am
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    I love Geoff’s thought as well, but I love the podcast, it allows me to listen and do other stuff on the computer, so I am multitasking!! 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 10:59 am
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    MaroonBells said
    Sure like getting Geoff’s take, but man I wish we could do these things in writing.   

    I wish I could, but it takes so long to transcribe that it is no longer timely.  I have tried transcribing software to do it for us, but it is awful

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:03 am
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    Would love Joe Williams in the 6th…assuming his head is on straight… Curious as to where you see Chris Godwin…

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:06 am
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    BarrNone55 said
    Would love Joe Williams in the 6th…assuming his head is on straight… Curious as to where you see Chris Godwin…  

    I have Godwin pinned with a 2nd round grade. He would fall right behind Kupp. 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:11 am
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    NFL Draft Guru said

    I have Godwin pinned with a 2nd round grade. He would fall right behind Kupp.   

    Would love to land him in the third or move back into the second…

    Any thoughts on Hodges? He can’t block for shit, but I think he’d be a mismatch off line or spread out…

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:17 am
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    BarrNone55 said

    Would love to land him in the third or move back into the second…

    Any thoughts on Hodges? He can’t block for shit, but I think he’d be a mismatch off line or spread out…  

    I like Hodges as a receiver but am not sure how keen the Vikings would be to take on a one-dimensional player at TE. He probably ends up going around the 5th but there are better prospects the Vikings could focus on earlier with their slew of picks in the 3rd/4th. Kittle really fits well here. But a surprise pick in the 2nd could be Engram if he were to fall. 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:50 am
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    I like it. I agree with several of your bolder stances. Mahomes on top. Asiata and Kittle getting more love. Some disagreements. Would not put McCaffrey over Fournette. Love Christian as a slot receiver and gadget player. In that role he has ROY potential, but it shocks me that so many still think he can be a between-the-tackles runner (not that you do).

    I’d have Adams over Hooker, but that really depends on the kind of safety you need. Once again, I’d have Quincy Wilson among the corners, probably just after Lattimore and Awuzie. Not a big fan of either King or Humphrey. 

    I get why John Ross is so high, but he scares me. 

    Not saying I disagree with your rankings, but I hate all of those tackles, considering where you’re going to have to draft them. I might even put Taylor Moton on top. At least with him you’re not going to waste 2 years trying him at left tackle only to find out that he can’t play there. I’ll bet you a trip to Burnsville that the best tackle from this class is someone we’re not even talking about. And it’ll be a right tackle. Someone like an Andreas Knappe.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm
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    Geoff and Tom, once again…love your podcasts 😀 Good stuff!!

    I would love it if Dion Dawkins was our pick. We need some mean and nasty on this line. I’d be jumping for joy if that happened.

    Here’s the thing I’m wondering…If both (by some very, very strange twist of fate) Obi Melifonwu AND Dion Dawkins are on the board at 48…AND possibly someone like, say, Joe Mixon and/or Reuben Foster, who’s the pick then??? 😀 Yes, it’s a question that’s full of TNT but….who would you take, Geoff??

    I’d still take Dawkins, but talk about a dilemma…

    I’ve seen a couple of mocks (Walterfootball being one of them) who have us taking Alvin Kamara for our 2nd rounder. Geoff, do you feel that there’s a certain RB the Vikings would take in round 2 who they’d select even with guys like Dawkins and Feeney still on the board? We have a lot of Mixon fans here. Would we take Mixon over Dawkins/Feeney?  

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  • April 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm
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    Great stuff as usual guys! 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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    prairieghost said
    Geoff and Tom, once again…love your podcasts 😀 Good stuff!!

    I would love it if Dion Dawkins was our pick. We need some mean and nasty on this line. I’d be jumping for joy if that happened.

    Here’s the thing I’m wondering…If both (by some very, very strange twist of fate) Obi Melifonwu AND Dion Dawkins are on the board at 48…AND possibly someone like, say, Joe Mixon and/or Reuben Foster, who’s the pick then??? 😀 Yes, it’s a question that’s full of TNT but….who would you take, Geoff??

    I’d still take Dawkins, but talk about a dilemma…

    I’ve seen a couple of mocks (Walterfootball being one of them) who have us taking Alvin Kamara for our 2nd rounder. Geoff, do you feel that there’s a certain RB the Vikings would take in round 2 who they’d select even with guys like Dawkins and Feeney still on the board? We have a lot of Mixon fans here. Would we take Mixon over Dawkins/Feeney?    

    That is definitely a loaded question. First off I doubt Foster will still be there, even with his drug test coming back diluted and some drug issues at Bama his talent still will get him taken in the 1st round. So that really leaves you with a combination of Mixon, Dawkins, Melifonwu, and say Peppers if he falls a bit. In an ideal world I think the Viking would trade back a few spots to see if they can garner some value out of someone taking one or two of those players out of the equation. 

    But if you’re stuck at the pick I think it comes down to Dawkins, Melifonwu, and Peppers. I personally would take Melifonwu since his upside is tremendous and checks a lot of the Vikings boxes: smart, high character, long/fast, etc.. There will be a slew of center/guards in the 3rd that the team can choose from and its not worth passing up elite upside. With the depth of 3rd/4th round picks I also wouldn’t discount the teams ability to trade back up into the 2nd. 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 1:11 pm
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    MaroonBells said
    I like it. I agree with several of your bolder stances. Mahomes on top. Asiata and Kittle getting more love. Some disagreements. Would not put McCaffrey over Fournette. Love Christian as a slot receiver and gadget player. In that role he has ROY potential, but it shocks me that so many still think he can be a between-the-tackles runner (not that you do).

    I’d have Adams over Hooker, but that really depends on the kind of safety you need. Once again, I’d have Quincy Wilson among the corners, probably just after Lattimore and Awuzie. Not a big fan of either King or Humphrey. 

    I get why John Ross is so high, but he scares me. 

    Not saying I disagree with your rankings, but I hate all of those tackles, considering where you’re going to have to draft them. I might even put Taylor Moton on top. At least with him you’re not going to waste 2 years trying him at left tackle only to find out that he can’t play there. I’ll bet you a trip to Burnsville that the best tackle from this class is someone we’re not even talking about. And it’ll be a right tackle. Someone like an Andreas Knappe.  

    The OT’s at the top were honestly a crap shoot and none of them are 1st round talents in my opinion. If you group all of the O-lineman together Lamp would be #1 on my board. I am going to hold that Robinson can still potentially be a LT if a team needs him to be otherwise he will be a good RT. I am iffy on Bolles and Ramczyk since both have their own issues. But you’re right that a no name guy is going to end up being the face of the class. 

    McCaffrey > Fournette was a tough one for me but versatility is gold these days. Fournette is an elite as a pure runner but you have to run your offense through him to garner the effectiveness. With Fournette you end up in the Vikings shoes where you needed to feed Peterson 20+ times a game to get results. With McCaffrey you can get those touches in so many different ways. He will never be the best between the tackles runner, but the ability to line him up in the slot and even out wide will allow teams to be really creative. 

    If I was projecting the corners for a specific team Wilson is right there in the top 5 discussion. I still like Humphrey in a cover-2 defense. If you want to rank him as a cover-1 corner he probably isn’t in the top 5. So that is kind of the defining factor on him. The opposite is true with King. Allow him to be a pure cover-1 corner and he has the size/speed/ball skills to be great. Play him in a cover-2 system and he is going to struggle. 

    I wouldn’t take Ross if I were a GM. He has the talent to be great but he also could blow up in your face with durability issues. 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm
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    BrickVike said
    Just curious, is Brantley off your list because he is not top 5 or is it due to off field issues?  

    Without the off-field issues he would have been on the lower end of the list. So you could say that the off-field question marks moved him off the list all together. 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm
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    NFL Draft Guru said

    That is definitely a loaded question. First off I doubt Foster will still be there, even with his drug test coming back diluted and some drug issues at Bama his talent still will get him taken in the 1st round. So that really leaves you with a combination of Mixon, Dawkins, Melifonwu, and say Peppers if he falls a bit. In an ideal world I think the Viking would trade back a few spots to see if they can garner some value out of someone taking one or two of those players out of the equation. 

    But if you’re stuck at the pick I think it comes down to Dawkins, Melifonwu, and Peppers. I personally would take Melifonwu since his upside is tremendous and checks a lot of the Vikings boxes: smart, high character, long/fast, etc.. There will be a slew of center/guards in the 3rd that the team can choose from and its not worth passing up elite upside. With the depth of 3rd/4th round picks I also wouldn’t discount the teams ability to trade back up into the 2nd.   

    I’d be happy with Melifonwu for sure. Virtually every mock I’ve looked at has him going in the 1st round so getting a guy like him at a position we’ve had some struggles at (I’m really not a Sendejo fan) would be great. Add in his flexibility and this would be an impactful draft pick for sure.

    I noticed you were kind of vague regarding RB in your answer…well…in fact, you kind of side-stepped my question 😀 😉 I’m still curious because my gut is telling me that Zim and Rick are lovin’ Mr. Mixon. Because we have a strong contingent here of fans in the waiting for this guy, I’m starting to come around to the idea though there will be a media shitstorm if/when it happens. What about Kamara? Some analysts are calling him a “clean” Mixon, that they do a lot of the same things on the field (yup, I’ve read that around the net). I know there’s a group of folks here that would probably debate that idea. What are your thoughts? Do you think both Mixon and Kamara are in play at 48? 😀 😀 (yes, I’m pushing hard now but I’ve been starving for your draft rumors Geoff!!!)

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  • April 26, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    prairieghost said

    I’d be happy with Melifonwu for sure. Virtually every mock I’ve looked at has him going in the 1st round so getting a guy like him at a position we’ve had some struggles at (I’m really not a Sendejo fan) would be great. Add in his flexibility and this would be an impactful draft pick for sure.

    I noticed you were kind of vague regarding RB in your answer…well…in fact, you kind of side-stepped my question 😀 😉 I’m still curious because my gut is telling me that Zim and Rick are lovin’ Mr. Mixon. Because we have a strong contingent here of fans in the waiting for this guy, I’m starting to come around to the idea though there will be a media shitstorm if/when it happens. What about Kamara? Some analysts are calling him a “clean” Mixon, that they do a lot of the same things on the field (yup, I’ve read that around the net). I know there’s a group of folks here that would probably debate that idea. What are your thoughts? Do you think both Mixon and Kamara are in play at 48? 😀 😀 (yes, I’m pushing hard now but I’ve been starving for your draft rumors Geoff!!!)  

    Its honestly tough to project how the RB’s will fall off the board this year since there is so much depth at the position. I think the first straw that will have to is Dalvin Cook coming off the board. I’ve heard the top of the 2nd round for him at this point. Cook falling could potentially push Mixon down to the Vikings pick at #48 where he would be a real option. Mixon is on the Vikings board and he is a top 10 talent in the draft, so there is no question about value. So although the signs would point towards drafting Mixon teams can get hesitant in the moment on players with such large question marks. If Dawkins, Melifonwu, etc. are off the board I wouldn’t be surprised to be Mixon in purple. 

    As for Kamara he would likely be a target in the 2nd if the other players previously mentioned are off the board. I personally wouldn’t take a RB in the 2nd unless it were Cook or Mixon but it comes down to what is left. 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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    Awesome, can this please be pinned for the week!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm
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    NFL Draft Guru said

    Its honestly tough to project how the RB’s will fall off the board this year since there is so much depth at the position. I think the first straw that will have to is Dalvin Cook coming off the board. I’ve heard the top of the 2nd round for him at this point. Cook falling could potentially push Mixon down to the Vikings pick at #48 where he would be a real option. Mixon is on the Vikings board and he is a top 10 talent in the draft, so there is no question about value. So although the signs would point towards drafting Mixon teams can get hesitant in the moment on players with such large question marks. If Dawkins, Melifonwu, etc. are off the board I wouldn’t be surprised to be Mixon in purple. 

    As for Kamara he would likely be a target in the 2nd if the other players previously mentioned are off the board. I personally wouldn’t take a RB in the 2nd unless it were Cook or Mixon but it comes down to what is left.   

    Thanks for your response, Geoff 😀 I think this team needs playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. A dynamic RB would really give our O a shot in the arm, especially one that can catch passes downfield like a WR. I know we’ll come out of this draft with a RB somewhere along the line, but to me there must be a sense of urgency to inject some dynamite into the offense especially in the wake of Peterson moving on. We have a 1-year-old beautiful stadium and a fan base rabid for some excitement. I think the worst the Vikings can say is that they wish they wouldn’t have to deal with the media storm of drafting a polarizing player. Truth of the matter is, though, that they’ve been battle tested very well by AD over these past couple of seasons and I feel they are up to the challenge. I think Zim is the right coach for a guy like Mixon, too. So…though I really, really, really don’t like what happened with Amelia Molitor, I do feel at least a little reassured that the situation seems to have settled between them and Mixon took steps to make it right. He’ll have to keep doing that for a long time, maybe his whole career. But in the meanwhile he could be a huge playmaker for us.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm
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    So Geoff you predicted Dawkins? You must’ve seen my mock. 🙂 I think he’s about the perfect pick. And I think there’s a 50/50 chance he’s there. Only lineman in the draft that can play all 5 positions. I’d have him compete with Remmers at RT and I see him winning that job and pushing Remmers inside. The beauty of Dawkins is that with 35 inch arms and loads of experience as a left tackle, he can also provide a pretty solid backup option there should Reiff get hurt. 

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  • April 26, 2017 at 3:23 pm
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    MaroonBells said
    So Geoff you predicted Dawkins? You must’ve seen my mock. 🙂 I think he’s about the perfect pick. And I think there’s a 50/50 chance he’s there. Only lineman in the draft that can play all 5 positions. I’d have him compete with Remmers at RT and I see him winning that job and pushing Remmers inside. The beauty of Dawkins is that with 35 inch arms and loads of experience as a left tackle, he can also provide a pretty solid backup option there should Reiff get hurt.   

    Corey Chavous shares info on his #1 rated tackle in the 2017 Draft – Dion Dawkins.  (Sorry it is a little off-center)

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  • April 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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    I think Corey’s right on on this one. I see so many red flags in those top tackles (Cam, Bolles, RR) and so few in Dawkins. I think people are selling him short by moving him to guard. I hope Dawkins drops to us, but we could be very very suprised by how those tackles come off the board. 

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  • April 27, 2017 at 10:42 am
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    This would be a good place to make your own 2nd round Viking pick prediction to see if you can out predict Geoff.

     

    Who will Minnesota take in round 2?

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