2012 NFL Draft: Vikings Could Take OL Matt Kalil and WR Alshon Jeffery

By Andrew Fisher

With the 2012 NFL Draft just a few days away, teams everywhere are making their final preparations and plans to try and change their future. With most draft “experts,” the Minnesota Vikings first round pick is penciled in as OL Matt Kalil. Kalil is the top-rated offensive lineman, who has the potential to be an All-Pro for many years to come. While Kalil addresses the needs the team has at offensive line, it doesn’t add a playmaker at wide out.

With my first round mock draft selection, I took WR Justin Blackmon. My logic being that, players like Blackmon are much more rare than Kalil, and when an opportunity to take a guy like Blackmon presents itself, the team has to take it. After a lot of consideration, I do see an alternative win, win scenario for the Vikings in rounds 1 and 2 this weekend.

The word on the street has been that the Vikings are high on South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery is not quite on the same level as Blackmon, but he’s still an incredibly talented, 6’4 wide out. If he was still available in the early second round (which most predict he will be), and the Vikings have already taken Kalil, Jeffery would seem to be the natural pick in the 2nd round.

Taking Kalil and Jeffery is the most realistic scenario, if the Vikings don’t trade the No. 3 pick, or take Blackmon. Minnesota would get the “sure thing” offensive tackle they need, and they get a young playmaker at receiver.

This is just one of many scenarios to come in the next few days, but taking all the team’s needs into account, this one seems to fit very nicely.

Much more draft news and rumors to come this week.

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