The NFL draft is this Thursday though Saturday and we are here to get you prepared for the festivities and the Minnesota Vikings picks with our Draft Prep Series.
The NFL draft is now on our doorstep and the Minnesota Vikings will be looking to add depth and complimentary talent to their already impressive roster. After investing a large amount of money in their new Quarterback, the window to win is now and fortunately, the needs are minimal.
The most obvious need for the Vikings in this year’s draft is offensive line. After the retirement of starting guard Joe Berger and the departure of starter Jeremiah Sirles to Carolina, the Vikings are in need of a couple of immediate contributors at OL. There is a distinct possibility that Mike Remmers will be moved inside to Guard as he did at the end of 2017, which gives the Vikings the ability to draft Tackle or Guard, depending on who is available at pick 30.
Although that may seem like a tall task to draft two starting caliber OL, keep in mind the Vikings drafted current starter and highly decorated collegiate Center Pat Elflein in the third round. It is not unrealistic to assume that the Vikings could draft two offensive lineman who could step in and contribute day one. Expect Rick Spielman to address these needs with at least two and possibly more picks during this year’s draft.
Another need for the Vikings in this draft is at defensive back. With a starting unit of Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Harrison Smith, the defensive backfield is in pretty decent shape, however there is a need for depth at the nickel corner spot. Mackenzie Alexander has been ok in this spot and there is a group of Vikings fans who believe he will continue to progress a la Rhodes and Waynes and will be able to step in and alleviate the need for a starter to replace the ageless Terence Newman, should he not return.