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EAGAN Replica Armon Watts Jersey , Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. with the 50th overall pick in the second round on Friday night, adding another potential field-stretching pass-catcher for quarterback Kirk Cousins.Smith became the fourth Alabama tight end drafted in the last eight years, with O.J. Howard the most recent in 2017 by Tampa Bay with the 19th overall pick in the first round. Smith is the son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith, who played the first five of his seven seasons in the league with New Orleans after being drafted in the first round in 1993 out of Notre Dame.Vikings NFL Draft CoverageHow NFL draft affected Vikings’ 2019 opponentsMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL Draft gradesMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL draft capsulesVikings take fliers on CB Boyd, WR Mitchell, WR Johnson, LS Cutting in seventh roundVikings use sixth round to draft DT Watts, S Epps, OT UdohVikings draft USC linebacker Cameron Smith in fifth roundVikings trade up in fourth round, draft guard Dru SamiaVikings trade down four times, use third-round pick to select RB MattisonPotential Vikings Day 2 picks in 2019 NFL draftVikings select C Garrett Bradbury with 18th overall pick in 2019 NFL draft“Just seeing all his footballs, his helmets, his trophies, everything around the house, just seeing all that motivated me to put myself in the position I’m in today,” Smith said, acknowledging on a conference call with reporters that, yes, his father had plenty to do with him settling at the same position.“He said, ‘You can either be a slow receiver or a fast tight end,'” Smith said. “I went with being a fast tight end, and it worked out.”With the Crimson Tide, Smith played sparingly as a freshman in 2016 while Howard was still a primary cog in the offense. For the 2017 national champions, Smith became more involved with 14 catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Then last year as a junior, he flourished with 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven scores. Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the NFL scouting combine Stitched Armon Watts Jersey , the fourth-fastest among tight ends, and he was the third player off the board at his position after Iowa teammates T.J. Hockenson (eighth overall to Detroit) and Noah Fant (20th overall to Denver) went in the first round on Thursday night.“We can line him up wide. We can line him up in tight. We can use him in the backfield. He has a lot of versatility,” Vikings director of college scouting Jamaal Stephenson said, adding: “We want to be more explosive on offense.”As a run blocker?“He’s OK. He’s a work in progress, more from that standpoint, but he’s certainly tough enough and willing, which are the two things you look for to project improvement,” Stephenson said.The Vikings have Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan for that, for now. The ninth-year veteran Rudolph has not missed a game in five seasons, is a bulwark in the community, has two Pro Bowl selections on his resume and is coming off a strong 2018, but he’s in the final year of his contract with a $7.625 million salary cap hit. Smith’s presence could make Rudolph expendable, should the Vikings seek more space under the cap.“All the best tight ends in the NFL and all the greats, they’re able to do both, run block and make plays in the passing game, so it opens a lot for you and it helps a team in all phases of the game,” Smith said.Make no mistake, though. He’s here to create a mismatch by lining up in the slot and giving defenses concerned about wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs pause about who to cover him with.“I believe no linebacker or safety one-on-one can stay with me, and I’m going to keep proving to people that’s how I feel,” Smith said.The Vikings picked North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury in the first round on Thursday, shoring up their greatest need: the interior of the offensive line. The Vikings netted an additional sixth-rounder for Saturday by swapping spots in the third round with Detroit. What a real Vikings draft may look like this year" for Leigh SteinbergThe NFL Draft is about three weeks out, and mock drafts are in full swing.But whenever I bother to look at mocks among the prominent sites, especially those longer than one round, I find them somewhere between uninformed and bizarre at best.Some mock guys the Vikings haven’t met with, are not good fits for their scheme Armon Watts Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , not position of priority/need, and/or seem way off in terms of round value.So, armed with a little more local knowledge than a national sports writer may have, I thought I’d do a more realistic mock draft for the Vikings.First, I’m going to limit my draft picks to guys the Vikings have actually met.Sure, the Vikings draft guys they didn’t meet during the pre-draft process - particularly in later rounds - but among day one and two picks those are the exceptions, not the rule.Secondly, I’m going with some sort of combination big board consensus that has actually worked in the automated mock draft engines as some measure of realism in terms of which players are available for each pick.Third, I’m considering team needs based on the number of prospects they’ve met with in those position groups, and where most of those prospects seem likely to be drafted.Lastly, and I don’t consider this realistic, I’m not making any trades.I would be surprisedif Rick Spielman did not make at least one trade during the draft, and most likely multiple if history is a guide.But that complicates matters and makes it more difficult to speculate on what other teams may be willing to trade up or down for in a given spot.So, with that in mind, here we go.Links to the prospect’s draft profile can be accessed by clicking on their name.First Round, #18Cody Ford, OL, OklahomaKevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsWhy it makes sense:offensive line is a top priority for the Vikings, and they’ve met with him twice - at the Combine and on a Top 30 visit.Ford could play either left guard or right tackle for the Vikings, depending on how they may want to shift Brian O’Neill and Riley Reiff - or not.He could also start at one of those positions this year, but play another in the future.He’s thought to be a good fit for the Vikings zone scheme as well.Ford is also generally thought to go somewhere between the early teens to early second round.I would be very surprised if he didn’t go in the first round, and there is some chance he’s taken ahead of the Vikings at #18, but as often as not he’s available to the Vikings.I suspect more QBs will go than thought - that’s what usually happens - and that helps Ford make it to #18.Plan B:The Vikings find Noah Fant still available, and decide to take him as their best player available.They take the OL BPA in the 3rd round instead.Second Round, #50Charles Omenihu Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched , DL, Texasor Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi StateWhy it makes sense:Either of these two could be there at #50, both would be good additions to the Vikings defensive line.Simmons as a 3-tech or Omenihu as a base defensive end that can also move inside.The Vikings recently met with Simmons on a Top 30 visit, while they’ve met Omenihu at the Senior Bowl and Combine.Jerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsOmenihu seeems a consensus second-round pick who’s skill set is a fit more for a 4-3 front than a 3-4.Simmons is a top 5-10 talent that isn’t likely to go in the first round due to an ACL injury that could cut into his rookie season availability, and also has an off-field incident hitting a woman a couple years ago.It’s unclear at what point Simmons will get drafted, but sometime in the second- round seems very likely.If he’s there at #50, I would be surprised if the Vikings didn’t fill his name out on their card.Third Round, #81Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M or Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego StateIt would be good fortune for the Vikings to have Sternberger or Warring available here, but there seems to be a divergence in evaluations of both players, which could effect their draft stock. It’s not unrealistic that one of them would be available here.Both TEs are not finished products, and will need to improve blocking skills and route running.Sternberger has better tape, but Warring perhaps the higher ceiling.Photo by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThe Vikings have been looking for a more dynamic receiving threat from the TE spot for a couple years now.Tyler Conklin is a reflection of that, as was Bucky Hodges in 2017.Kyle Rudolph is on the last year of his contract, and while I could see the Vikings extending Rudolph at the right price, they also need to look at finding his replacement.The Vikings met recently with Warring, and also had Sternberger for a private workout and aTop 30 visit.Fourth Round, #120Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama StateThe Vikings make another move to bolster their offensive line Armon Watts Jersey nfl draft , adding another tackle. The Vikings had a private workout with Howard, and met with him on a Top 30 visit.Howard is seen as a guy with all the uncoachable things you want, but is in need of further development of technique and functional strength.Chuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsHoward could become the swing tackle for the Vikings if they’re able to develop him, and could eventually find a place as a starter down the road.Sixth Round, #190Jalen Hurd, WR, BaylorJerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsThe Vikings look to replace Laquon Treadwell with this pick, although he’s a much different type of receiver.First of all, he plays both tailback and wide receiver, and can move all over from the backfield, to the slot, to outside.At 6’5”, 226lbs., he’s a big body.He’s ran the 40 in 4.47” reportedly.That’s basically the same size and speed as Noah Fant, interestingly.However, he had a knee scope procedure done in December, and didn’t run at the Combine as he was rehabbing.At his Pro Day, he ran the 40 for the first time since his knee surgery and came in at 4.66”.The Vikings had Hurd, along with another RB/WR prospect Jeff Smith from Boston College, in for a Top 30 visit. Hurd is the bigger of the two, Smith the faster with a 4.34” 40 time and is 6’0” 190lbs. Both are intriguing match-up prospects, and look to be the type of chess piece the Vikings want to be able to move around in Gary Kubiak’s offense.Hurd shows some good cuts and awareness in the open field, and can also stretch the field as a big outside receiver with some speed.Seventh Round, #209Devine Ozigbo, RB Custom Armon Watts Jersey , NebraskaThe Vikings look to replace Latavius Murray with this pick, whom the Vikings have met three times during the pre-draft process - the East-West game, a private workout and a Top 30 visit.He’s the only running back the Vikings have met with.Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY SportsOzigbo didn’t do much at Nebraska until last season, which was a breakout year.He looks a little more like a Mark Ingram-style runner (even wore the same number) - a mix of some power and shiftiness with the skills to be a 3-down back in terms of receiving ability and pass protection, although some development is needed.Seventh Round, #247Lamont Gaillard, C/G, GeorgiaMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThe Vikings add one more offensive linemen, this time a center/interior linemen in Gaillard.He seems to be an underappreciated center prospect who held up well against Alabama in both the Championship game in January 2018 and the SEC Championship in December.Gaillard is a tough linemen with some tools to work with, but has starting level ability with some development. He also has three years of starting experience at center against top SEC competition.The Vikings met with Gaillard at the East-West game and the Combine, and he could provide some competition for Pat Elflein at center, should he continue to under-perform.Seventh Round, #250Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico StateChuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsThe Vikings met with Hanks at his Pro day and had a private workout with him.He looks to be more of a cover, WILL linebacker and special teamer who would fill a backup role. Not without potential, but unlikely to be a starter in the immediate future either.Hanks is a converted safety that could function in a hybrid role of safety/linebacker Cam Chancellor type guy in particular sub-packages if he makes a good transition to the NFL and is able to handle that role. Overall a good skill set to have at the linebacker position, and one that is somewhat lacking in that group at the moment for the Vikings. OverallOverall this draft would give the Vikings:A starting offensive lineman, and two others to compete in that group;A potential starting defensive tackle or a rotational guy along the defensive line that could become an eventual starter; A promising tight-end that could become a more dynamic receiving threat;An interesting flex-position player and versatile offensive weapon that could be a RB, WR, or even a TE;A solid, rotational 3-down running back to complement Dalvin Cook;A challenge to Pat Elflein at center;And a decent coverage linebacker who could also be a good special teamerThat haul would go a long way toward filling the holes in the Vikings roster, and hopefully adding some quality depth that can develop into future starters as well.