With the 12th Pick in the 2011 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings Select...

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With the 12th pick in the 2011 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select...

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

This selection and write-up was made by Simmsinns:

It’s really simple, Minnesota needs a quarterback. We’ve seen what these guys can do with great quarterback play and we’ve seen what happens when they lack it. The Vikings head coach, Leslie Frazier has even gone on record saying to the media that he was "interested in finding the next Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco this offseason." With those things in mind and Cam Newton off the board, this pick was really a no-brainer. He has a quick release and great arm strength. He’s also that ideal size and frame for an NFL QB, but doesn’t lack the mobility and can extend plays. He’s generally the most accurate with short-to-intermediate throws.

I think if you can rely on Adrian Peterson enough, Gabbert won’t be asked to be the hero, even in the wake of the 2-season Favre experiment. If this guy can continue to do what he does well at the next level, he should be just fine. I think the Vikings know that if they hit the mark with a QB, and they are the next Matt Ryan, then this pick is an absolute homerun. It’s a lot less of a risk at 12th overall, than say if Buffalo reached at 3rd or even San Fran at 7th. If he’s on the board when the Vikings are picking, he is it.

I agree with this pick. I still like the Vikings' defense and their supporting cast on offense, but they need to start fresh at the quarterback position after the whole Brett Favre debacle last season. I'll be surprised if Gabbert is on the board and they don't take him.

The Detroit Lions are on the clock next (email has been sent to BuenosAires_Dawg).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Cameron Netwon
QB Auburn BrownDawg1409
2 Denver Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Bernie19Kosar
3 Buffalo Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson discoinferno083
4 Cincinnati A.J. Green WR Georgia macdowellm03
5 Arizona Patrick Peterson CB LSU Browns town
6 Cleveland Cameron Jordan DE California golanbatrac
7 San Francisco Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska rufio
8 Tennessee Von Miller OLB Texas A&M iwearmocs
9 Dallas Nick Fairley DT Auburn Granville74
10 Washington Robert Quinn DE North Carolina Rounds94
11 Houston Aldon Smith DE Missouri rdy
12 Minnesota Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Simmsinns
13 Detroit BuenosAires_Dawg
14 St. Louis Don'tByBrownsQBJerseys
15 Miami jaws
16 Jacksonville sleepy042
17 New England Onyx Lightning
18 San Diego Adrock2009
19 N.Y. Giants Red-Right-88
20 Tampa Bay Legoman0721
21 Kansas City Mehouf
22 Indianapolis PaduaDSP
23 Philadelphia booobs33
24 New Orleans Buckeye Brad
25 Seattle bross09
26 Baltimore Ecwingen
27 Atlanta Clinton Blankenship
28 New England Onyx Lightning
29 Chicago jharbdo
30 N.Y. Jets Roger Dorn
31 Pittsburgh
SpecialBrownie
32 Green Bay ScottJC
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