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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings select Jaylon Smith

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The Minnesota Vikings select Jaylon Smith with the 23rd pick in the POD Community Mock Draft.

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With the 23rd pick in the Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select linebacker Jaylon Smith. Schnard is the acting general manager for the Vikings. Below is the rationale for the pick:

The Vikings after free agency seem to have three major needs. They need a wide receiver, a safety, an outside linebacker, and then have lesser needs at both offensive and defensive tackle. I don't feel that the any of receivers in this draft are first-round talents, good players but no stars. The safety position is much the same way, with the best prospect, Karl Joseph, coming off of a knee injury. So I didn't want to reach there.

But Jaylon Smith has superstar talent. We all know he severely injured his knee, but his reports lately have looked much better than at the NFL Combine. He gets rechecked in about a week, and assuming that goes well he would be a steal here. They have Chad Greenway going into his final season, and could peg Smith to replace him in 2017, and he would be a major upgrade. A healthy Smith was a top five pick in this draft, but he will be good for, at best, a few games at the end of the 2016 season. However, championship teams need stars and Smith could be one. I think he is worth the gamble. If he has a bad medical report, I would've picked Josh Doctson.  But Smith and Anthony Barr would be a scary duo to play against, could be comparable to Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis in Carolina.

Am I too bold?

This is a pick for BPA; Corey Coleman was too good to pass up. That is not to say, however, that Kansas City couldn't use him.


Jeremy Maclin was a boon to a much-maligned position group in 2015, but following Maclin on the depth chart still are Albert Wilson and Chris Conley, neither of whom have been very efficient or consistent. If Kansas City wants to upgrade the most important facet of their team — or any NFL team — its passing offense, which has not ranked higher than 14th in DVOA since Alex Smith took over, they would be wise to further buttress Smith and the unit with an outlet like Coleman.


Coleman is currently valued at pick 14.3 by PlayTheDraft. He is PFF's 9th-ranked prospect irrespective of position. He is arguably this WR class’ most explosive athlete. He possesses one of its best age-adjusted production profiles and similarly, Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score's 5th-highest all-time rating behind only Randy Moss, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, and Larry Fitzgerald. Coleman is also a year and a half younger than fellow first-round WR prospects Josh Doctson and Michael Thomas.


For Kansas City's title chances to have any real hope of bearing fruit they must improve their passing offense. The exciting Corey Coleman will help