With the Minnesota Vikings season officially over, it is time to get into the offseason activities. Let’s start with a recent 7 round mock from Matt Miller at Bleacher Report.
With the Minnesota Vikings having great draft classes for the last few years, this year’s class was not very effective at all. With the Vikings first round pick closing the season with one catch, some are starting to question General Manager Rick Spielman.
In a recent draft class ranking, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks ranked the Vikings 2016 draft class 30th of 32. The one good thing coming out of last year’s class was a trade that netted them an extra third and fourth round pick for the 2017 draft.
In a recent mock draft from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, here is what he foresees the Vikings selecting throughout all seven rounds.
Round 1: Pick Traded to Eagles in Bradford Deal
Round 2: Guard, Forest Lamp, Western Kentucky– This is a pick that I will agree with. If you watched the Vikings this year you can see that their biggest need is to reinforce their offense line. Lamp projects to be a fit at guard for the Vikings opposite Alex Boone and would be good value at this draft spot.
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Round 3: Running Back, Alvin Kamara, Tennessee– It is understandable that running back could potentially be a big need for the Vikings with Adrian Peterson most likely being cut and Matt Asiata hitting the free agent market. Miller had Clemson RB Wayne Galman going a couple picks later, who seems to be a better fit here in my eyes.
Round 3(Dolphins Pick): Tackle, Adam Bisnowaty, Pitt– Another pick of another body to put towards the offensive line. With Matt Kalil and Andre Smith hitting the free agent market, the Vikings will need to have multiple replacements ready to step up.
Round 4: Center, Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia– With current Vikings Center Joe Berger turning 35 this season, it would be nice to have someone to step in when his time is ready to go.
Round 4(Dolphins Pick): Tackle, Conor McDermott, UCLA– As mentioned earlier, both Vikings 2016 starting tackles are going to hit the free agent market. McDermott has all the tools to be a quality tackle at the next level, with his one worry was his conditioning, something that he has been able to figure out this season.
Round 5: Linebacker, Duke Riley, LSU– With Chad Greenway most likely on his way out the door, having another body at linebacker would be a plus for the Vikings.
Round 6: Cornerback, Fabian Moreau, UCLA– Filling another potential hole with the possible retirement of Terrence Newman and Captain Munnerlynn hitting the free agent market. I would guess that at least one of those two will be back with the team next year, and would have rather had the Vikings take a chance on a high upside defensive tackle like Tulane’s Tanzel Smart, who Miller had going a little later in the round.
Round 7: Wide Receiver, Quincy Adeboyejo, Ole Miss– With Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson possible gone by the start of next season, the Vikings add another Ole Miss wide out for the second year in a row. Hopefully Laquon Treadwell will be fully healthy and contribute next season though.
Overall, if the Minnesota Vikings draft ended up like this, I would be happy. Some might think it is overkill with all of the picks towards the offensive line, but those same must have not seen the state of the offensive line in 2016. The more swings you take, the more chances you have to hit a home run.