Draft Update 26 Apr 12

The first round of the NFL Draft gets underway tonight and it won’t take long for the Minnesota Vikings to take center stage. The Vikes currently own the No. 3 overall selection in the draft. Indianapolis has already announced it will select quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford with the top overall pick, while Washington traded up with an eye on quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor with the No. 2 pick. So, Minnesota will be on the clock soon after the draft begins at 7 p.m. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is on record saying he will choose one of three players with the third slot. Those options are USC lineman Matt Kahlil [[ kuh-LEEL ]], LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne, or Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon. The Vikings could also trade the draft position for additional later picks.

Floyd Likely First Rounder
(St. Paul, MN) — St. Paul native Michael Floyd will likely hear his name called somewhat early in tonight’s NFL Draft. The record-setting wide receiver from Notre Dame is expected to be a first round draft choice and some say as high as a Top Ten pick. Floyd played high school football at Cretin-Derham Hall.

No Gophers Expected To Go
(Minneapolis, MN) — There are no former Golden Gophers football players projected to be selected in tonight’s NFL Draft. However, several players are expected to latch onto teams after the draft to get their shot to make teams as free agents. Among those figuring to get a chance at an NFL camp include Brandon Kirksey, Anthony Jacobs, Da’Jon [[ duh-JZAHN ]] McKnight, Kim Royston, Eric Lair, and Duane ]] doo-AHN ]] Bennett.