Minnesota got Sharrif Floyd, the defensive tackle from Florida, with their first pick in the first round. Some had Floyd projected as high as #3 to Oakland. He goes to a Minnesota front where he will play with Kevin Williams, and where Jared Allen will draw plenty of attention. Minnesota’s second pick, which many were tying to Manti Te’o (hopefully, in my opinion) instead went to Xavier Rhodes, the cornerback from Florida State. Rhodes was another defensive player in this somewhat flat first round draft who was projected higher by many. Minnesota could have gone wide receiver but opted for defensive value when players fell to them.
The Colts had the pick sandwiched between the Vikings’ picks, and they also addressed the defense to replace Dwight Freeney, by taking defensive end Bjoern Werner from Florida State. Bjoern Werner hopes to be going to a stacked situation in Indianapolis (ahem, points below). Vikings fans agree.