Just before the 2021 NFL Draft kicks off, let’s established the scene for the Minnesota Vikings by having a glance at their present depth chart and ranking their positional requires.
I’ll commence with the depth chart, but feel no cost to scroll down to my rating of their desires, 1 by means of 11. You will also uncover the comprehensive listing of the Vikings’ present-day draft picks, moreover some one-way links to preview material, at the base of this write-up.
Vikings pre-draft depth chart
This is a mix of what the depth chart was last year alongside with some projecting from me.
QB: Kirk Cousins, Jake Browning, Nate Stanley
RB: Dalvin Cook dinner, Alexander Mattison, Ameer Abdullah
FB: C.J. Ham, Jake Bargas
WR: Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Chad Beebe, Bisi Johnson, K.J. Osborn
TE: Irv Smith Jr., Tyler Conklin, Brandon Dillon
LT: Rashod Hill, Ezra Cleveland (?)
LG: Mason Cole, Dakota Dozier, Dru Samia
C: Garrett Bradbury, Mason Cole
RG: Ezra Cleveland, Kyle Hinton
RT: Brian O’Neill, Oli Udoh, Blake Brandel
LDE: Danielle Hunter, Hercules Mata’afa, Jordan Brailford
NT: Michael Pierce, Armon Watts
3T: Dalvin Tomlinson, James Lynch
RDE: Stephen Weatherly, D.J. Wonnum
OLB: Anthony Barr
MLB: Eric Kendricks
Base/No. 3 LB: Nick Vigil, Troy Dye, Ryan Connelly, Cameron Smith, Blake Lynch
CB: Cameron Dantzler, Mike Hughes, Harrison Hand
CB: Patrick Peterson, Jeff Gladney*, Kris Boyd
Slot CB: Mackensie Alexander
SS: Harrison Smith, Josh Metellus, Luther Kirk
FS: Xavier Woods, Myles Dorn
* Gladney has significant lawful fears immediately after currently being arrested for domestic violence
K: Greg Joseph
P: Britton Colquitt
LS: Andrew DePaola
PR: Chad Beebe, K.J. Osborn, Mike Hughes
KR: Ameer Abdullah, K.J. Osborn
Vikings draft desires, ranked
No. 1: Offensive line
This is evidently their major will need, in my feeling. It is been a weakness for much more than a decade. The Vikings have three definite starters (Cleveland, Bradbury, and O’Neill) but need to have two much more, since men like Hill and Cole won’t be able to be relied on — at least not without having dealing with critical level of competition. It is really the most likely placement that they handle in spherical a single, and I’d expect them to arrive away with at least two OL this weekend. Whether tackle or guard is far more crucial is dependent on what they do with Cleveland, who was drafted as a LT but performed RG as a rookie. Both way, they undoubtedly want a guard to switch Dozier.
No. 2: Edge rusher/Defensive conclude
Hunter is a celebrity but is coming off lacking all of very last calendar year with a neck injury that expected surgical procedure. Weatherly and Wonnum are uninspiring commencing choices opposite him, even though there is certainly some hope of a yr two leap for the latter. The Vikings experienced zero go rush past season. They need to have to repair that. They could consider a DE as early as the 1st spherical and need to have at the very least 1 athletic selection by the time the fourth spherical ends.
No. 3: Cornerback
Gladney’s authorized condition places this correct again in the vicinity of the top rated. Peterson, Alexander, and Hughes are all set to hit no cost agency in 2022, leaving Dantzler as the only true creating block, and even he has some durability problems. I do not consider they will take a corner right before the 3rd round, but you in no way know.
No. 4: Broad receiver
Right after Jefferson and Thielen, who are just one of the league’s top rated duos, you can find just almost nothing else there. It would behoove the Vikings to insert a legit No. 3 weapon and modernize their offense a bit by working a lot more 11 personnel. Seem for them to concentrate on a receiver in the center rounds.
No. 5: Protection
Smith, a possible Hall of Famer, is acquiring up there in age at 32 several years outdated. Woods is on a 1-calendar year offer and did not have a fantastic 2020 time. Incorporating a young player with upside on Day 3 (or perhaps earlier?) must be a precedence.
No. 6: Quarterback
This is a challenging just one to rank, since it all relies upon on how you glimpse at issues. If you’re just talking about the 2021 roster, QB is very very low on this checklist. Kirk Cousins, irrespective of his bloated contract, is a borderline top-10 player at the posture and has been unbelievably durable in his profession, so acquiring a capable backup just isn’t needed. But if you might be using a extended-expression watch, QB warrants to be greater than this. Cousins looks to have a crystal clear ceiling in terms of how considerably he can choose a group, and his deal hampers the Vikings’ ability to construct close to him. They need to be imagining about a succession system.
I break up the change by placing it in the center.
No. 7: Linebacker
Kendricks is fantastic and Vigil is a reliable No. 3 to switch Eric Wilson, but Barr is a absolutely free agent in 2022 soon after restructuring his deal this offseason and the depth options at the situation are uninspiring. They could be proactive about including competitive depth with Barr most likely on his way out next spring.
No. 8: Defensive tackle
Tomlinson and Pierce are two huge dudes who are heading to be a whole lot of pleasurable to observe in the inside of Minnesota’s defensive line this drop, but both of those are only on two-calendar year offers and there is tiny depth guiding them. The Vikings could use a rotational DT who can hurry the passer from the interior and possesses far more upside than Watts and Lynch.
No. 9: Professionals
Especially, the Vikings have to have gamers with return potential and (perhaps) a 2nd kicker to compete with Joseph. Their specific teams had been DREADFUL final yr. When looking at receivers or DBs in this draft, they could want to take into account somebody with the flexibility to give a spark in the return recreation.
No. 10: Restricted conclusion
Even after dropping Rudolph, they are set with Smith, Conklin, and Dillon. They will add a TE late on Working day 3 or in college totally free company.
No. 11: Operating back
Cook is a person of the ideal running backs in the league and is signed to a extended-phrase offer, but the damage fears have not gone absent wholly just since he has performed in 14 video games for two straight seasons. Mattison is an great backup and Abdullah is now the No. 3 RB with Mike Boone absent. This is another posture to handle late on Day 3 or with a UDFA.
Listing of recent Vikings draft picks
- Initial round, No. 14
- 3rd spherical, No. 78
- Third spherical, No. 90 (from Ravens, Yannick Ngakoue trade)
- Fourth spherical, No. 119
- Fourth round, No. 125 (from Bears, 2020 draft day trade)
- Fourth spherical, No. 134 (from Bills, Stefon Diggs trade)
- Fourth round, No. 143 (compensatory, Trae Waynes)
- Fifth round, No. 157
- Fifth spherical, No. 168 (from Ravens, 2020 draft day trade)
- Sixth round, No. 199 total
- Sixth round, No. 223 overall (compensatory, Mackensie Alexander)
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