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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #30 Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings returned to the NFC elite, making a run at the NFC Championship, but falling just short to the Super Bowl Champion Saints. The Vikings are poised to make a run at the Saints again. This time they’ll get a chance to play them early, as both teams will kick off the NFL season in the Superdome. The Vikings return a wealth of talent, including 2009 top pick Percy Harvin. Brett Farve’s return is still questionable, but all indications point that the veteran QB will return at one more shot at glory.

And with the 30th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select..

DT Dan Williams, Tennessee

Adam Warwas defends his selection of Williams but probably for not the reason you think..

In this mock, much talent seems to be falling and the Vikings are happy to take advantage of that to ensure that the “Williams Wall” lives on for another generation. Dan Williams is a massive run stopper that will help ease the pain if Pat and Kevin Williams are suspended for StarCaps in 2010 and if Pat Williams retires in 2011. Cornerback is the Vikings biggest need, but not big enough to pass on the best player available. Plenty of solid corners should be available the next time they pick.

Matt Miller of New Era Scouting believes Williams can make an immediate impct for the team that selects him.

Williams has arguably given a bigger boost to his stock than any senior in the country this season. In a strong class of defensive tackles, Williams could break his way in to the first round because of his NFL-ready ability to stuff the run. The impact that Terrance Knighton has had on the Jaguars defensive line will only help Williams here. While his motor can be questioned, it is obvious he has put in a lot of time to molding his body in to ideal shape for a run stuffer. If he can be put in to a healthy rotation up front, his impact will be felt early and often.

Roll Call…

30. Minnesota Vikings- DT Dan Williams, Tennessee
29. New York Jets- DE Jared Odrick, Penn State
28. San Diego Chargers- RB Ryan Matthews, Fresno State
27. Dallas Cowboys- OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers
26. Arizona Cardinals- LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
25. Baltimore Ravens- DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
24. Philadelphia Eagles- CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama
23. Green Bay Packers- OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
22. New England Patriots- DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On deck..the Indianapolis Colts

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