Here is the complete listing of the Vikings 2011 Draft Picks, along with links to their vikings.com bios that will include videos, photos, quotes from the players, and much more.
Pick Analysis: The Vikings surprisingly nab Ponder with their first-round pick. He has all of the leadership skills, intelligence and intangibles to be an effective starting quarterback, but the Vikings will need to tweak their offense to suit his skills as a quick-rhythm passer. He might not be ready to assume the mantle in Week 1, but he could be better than anyone anticipates as a pro quarterback...
Pick Analysis: The Vikings add a young, athletic tight end to the lineup with the selection of Rudolph. He allows offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave to implement some multiple tight end formations with Visanthe Shiancoe and Rudolph creating mismatches in the passing game. If he can become more stout as a run blocker, he could help the Vikings utilize a dynamic offense that is balanced in all facets...
Pick Analysis: The Vikings bolster their depth along the defensive line with the selection of Ballard. He gives them a rugged interior defender with the size and strength to be effective at the point of attack. He is a tremendous value pick for the Vikings at this point.
Pick Analysis: Burton is a long, rangy corner with the potential to be an effective Cover-2 corner as a pro. He has good ball skills and awareness, and should be an effective sub-defender for the Vikings.
Pick Analysis: The Vikings get a developmental prospect to groom for a role as a swing backup. Love has the size to be an effective guard on the next level.
Pick Analysis: Leslie Frazier adds a talented cover man to the Vikings' roster with the selection of Raymond. He will compete as a potential sub-defender/special teams contributor.
Pick Analysis: The Vikings decide to take a flier on this small-school prospect who is tough enough to make some progress in the NFL.
Pick Analysis: Homan is very instinctinve and made all of the calls for the Buckeyes' defense last year. He's an intelligent player who could contribute right away.
Pick Analysis: Reed adds some versatility to the Vikings' defensive line, and they will see what they can get out of him in training camp.
Pick Analysis: Can't blame the Vikings trying to find weapons for Christian Ponder. In Burton, they get a guy with potential but who needs to work hard to hone his craft as a receiver.