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A staple of April

By Greg Nickel
On April 19, 2012

Football is the dominant sport in America. So dominant, in fact, that fans actually tune in for a draft show that features little action, but tons of excitement.  This year's draft

promises to be much of the same. And yes, we've all been informed on Andrew Luck

and RG3 to an extent that would make most football junkies queasy. So, let's look at the number three pick, and the 28th pick. Aside from being so high in the draft order

(3rd due to a season of... underachievement), the Minnesota Vikings find themselves in a somewhat enviable spot this year. See, with the cavernous depth of the quarterback pool coming into the draft, there are a couple teams sitting behind Minnesota that could be vying for that spot. The Miami Dolphins, who sit currently at number eight, have been rumored to possibly communicate with Minnesota on draft night. However, the 4th spot Browns could also converse with the Vikings purely out of paranoia. Both teams could be looking to acquire quarterback Ryan Tannehill from Texas A and M. To add another twist, the Vikings need to decide whether or not to trade the pick away, because if they do they could simultaneously trade away a chance at guard Matt Kalil.  That's where Minnesota needs to be careful. If they decide

to trade the pick to the Dolphins, they'll fall back to number eight, severely threatening their chances at Kalil.  The ideal move for the Vikings is to trade their pick to the Browns, because they would be guaranteed Kalil.  The Browns would presumably draft Tannehill with their newly acquired pick, leaving the Vikings with their attained draft picks, players, and money from Cleveland that is a can't-miss prospect to protect their injury-prone quarterback. If they do indeed trade their pick to the Dolphins, there's a chance cornerback Morris Claiborne will still be on

the board (another great pick that fits their needs), but there is no guarantee. There are a lot of options for the Vikings. A 13-0 start and 15-1 overall record leaves the Packers at number 28 in the draft order (due to an early exit in the playoffs).

Whether you know a lot about football or not, you'd need to be blind to miss how bad

the Packers' defense was last year. A large part of the deterioration in defensive stability was due to the fact that Green Bay couldn't get pressure on the quarterback. After the year Clay Matthews had in the 2010-11 season, the offenses' game-plan was to stop him. So, the fix? Green Bay needs to draft someone to play the other outside linebacker spot opposite Matthews, to take some attention away; therefore improving the pass rush.  There are two guys I'd like Green Bay to take: Shea

McClellin out of Boise St. is an undersized defensive end that should be able to make a smooth transition to outside linebacker. He can rush the passer, and has the speed to play some coverage. Another would be Nick Perry out of USC. He's a bit bigger and may have a little harder time with said transition. So, watch for those guys, and enjoy the draft.


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