The Vikings have a huge liability at cornerback in Trae Waynes, who has failed to live up to his first-round billing. Terence Newman isn't getting any younger either, as we saw when he tried to defend Alshon Jeffery in the NFC Championship. The Vikings could decide to go back to the drawing board next offseason.
Joshua Jackson, like Calvin Ridley, has taken quite the tumble recently because of a poor showing at the combine.
Rd. 2, Pk. 30
Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
There have been reports indicating that Sharrif Floyd may never play again, which is a shame. The Vikings will need to find a new defensive tackle to play next to Linval Joseph.
Pick change; previously B.J. Hill, DT
Rd. 3, Pk. 30
Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
It sounds as though the Vikings are willing to give up on Laquon Treadwell, meaning they could be looking for another receiver in the middle of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rd. 5, Pk. 30
Kylie Fitts, DE/3-4OLB, Utah
It never hurts to have too many edge rushers, and Brian Robison mentioned that he wants to retire after this upcoming season.
Rd. 6, Pk. 30
Dominick Sanders, S, Georgia
The Vikings have two talented safeties, but lack much depth behind them. That needs to change.
Rd. 6, Pk. 39
Cody O'Connell, G, Washington State
The Vikings have some free agent linemen who will be hitting the market, so here's a depth fix.
Rd. 6, Pk. 44
Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis
Even if the Vikings sign Kirk Cousins, it wouldn't hurt for them to add a young quarterback to groom as a future No. 2.
The 6-foot-4, 304-pound Feeney is a well-balanced blocker. He has the strength to contribute as a run blocker and was effective in pass protection for the Hoosiers. According to Indiana, Feeney had allowed only one sack in 2,719 snaps - 37 career games - entering 2016. The senior missed a lot of time in 2016 with a concussion and also had to play some right tackle. For the NFL, however, Feeney projects as a power guard.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
The Vikings grab a long-term starting running back.
Hunt averaged 5.6 yards per carry in 2016 for 1,475 yards with 10 touchdowns. He also made 41 receptions for 403 yards and a touchdown. Hunt (5-10, 208) was excellent at the Senior Bowl, using his speed to slash through the defense. He was very impressive as a receiver out of the backfield, too. Hunt doesn't have the size to be an every-down back in the NFL, but he could be a dangerous weapon as a complementary back and be an asset in passing situations.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Pat Elflein, G/C, Ohio State
The Vikings grab some offensive line talent, and they've shown interest in Elflein.
Elflein was a solid blocker in 2016 for Ohio State at center. That looks like his best position for the NFL. The 6-foot-3, 303-pounder played well in 2015. He was an excellent run blocker, opening holes for Ezekiel Elliott. Elflein is also reliable in pass protection. As a sophomore, he was a starter at left and right guard while doing a superb job of helping the Buckeyes to feature a powerful rushing attack.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
The Vikings could use some interior defensive line depth given the uncertain future for Sharrif Floyd.
Ogunjobi (6-2, 304) turned in four seasons of solid production for Charlotte, including his senior year, when he notched 65 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two passes broken up. Ogunjobi had 62 tackles with 2.5 sacks as a junior and five sacks as a sophomore. He put together a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
The Vikings could use some cornerback depth given the age of Terrance Newman and losing Captain Munneryln. Minnesota has shown interest in Kazee.
In 2016, Kazee recorded 65 tackles with eight passes broken up and seven interceptions. The 5-foot-10, 183-pounder didn't impress at the Senior Bowl, however. Kazee was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for with eight interceptions, 75 tackles, and seven passes broken up. He had 58 tackles, 13 breakups, and an interception as a sophomore. Kazee almost entered the 2016 NFL Draft, but the fourth-round grade from the NFL Advisory Board probably was a big reason why he wisely decided to return for his senior year.
The Vikings could use an upgrade at guard and reunite Price with Pat Elflein. <br> <br>
Price (6-4, 305) impressed NFL evaluators, both with his work in fall training camp and in the games of the 2017 season. They say that Price plays within himself. They like his awareness and call him an above-average athlete. He isn't overly fast or twitchy like the Pouncey brothers, but Price has movement skills and is better than average in space. The sources also like that Price handles big nose tackles well, which can be difficult for centers and is a hard-to-find talent. As a result of his well-balanced play, Price is being viewed as a prospect who could go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. One team source thought that if Josh Garnett and Laken Tomlinson were worthy of first-round picks, then Price could be as well because they feel Price is a better prospect than either Garnett or Tomlinson. Teams are projecting Price to be a starting center in the NFL, but he also has the flexibility to play guard. Price tore a pectoral muslce while bench pressing at the combine, but that shouldn't impact his NFL career once he works his way back onto the field.
The Vikings could use an upgrade at guard, and Hernandez would be an excellent road grader to open holes for Dalvin Cook.<br> <br>
Hernandez (6-2, 340) is shorter and lacks length compared to a lot of starting guards in the NFL, but he makes up for it with overpowering strength. He is very strong at the point of attack with a heavy base to help him get movement at the point of attack. At the Senior Bowl, Hernandez showed that he is a future starting guard in the NFL who can be a difference-maker for a rushing attack. He is a solid pass protector with room for improvement, but once he gets NFL coaching, he should be a balanced guard who is a force as a run blocker and reliable in protection.
With Joe Berger gone, the Vikings do the same as the Jags, and replace one player with another, and keep the team more or less the same and aim for a superbowl appearance next year.
Wynn has the footwork and mentality to be a great offensive lineman, but the Vikings need to choose a position for him and stick with it. He has the versatility to play anywhere on the line, but too much movement could mess with him.
The Vikings could be spooked into taking a lower-end quarterback here if Cousins, Keenum and Bridgewater all go elsewhere, but that's unlikely to happen, so don't expect a quarterback here.
I like this pick because it allows the Vikings to upgrade either 2-3 positions on their offensive line depending on where they stick Williams. I think he has the tools to play LT in the NFL, especially for Minnesota. If that's the case, Riley Reiff would then kick over to RT and Mike Remmers inside to the vacant RG spot. If not, then he can play at RT where he might dominate at the position as the NFC North has some weak passrushers on the right side of the line, and should win almost every battle on the ground. Had Minnesota moved away from the Zone Blocking Scheme, I would probably go with Orlando Brown in this spot where results would be just the same.
This is a hard pick. I don't think they'll over-react to the Eagles playoff game, because they've not done so the past few years. The top goal is beating the Packers and Rodgers, not the Eagles, to see the promise land. They need a guy who can keep Rodgers running, and that is Taven Bryan. Mike Zimmer can coach him up to help with technique, but no one has closing speed on the interior d-line like him. If he gets his technique right, he'll be able to get Aaron Rodgers on the ground. He splits time as a rookie with Tom Johnson, before replacing him in the 2019 season.