The Minnesota Vikings finished the year 8-9. Another subpar season led to the sacking of head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman. The Vikings now turn to the Sean McVay coaching tree in their hiring of Kevin O’Connell.
The Minnesota Vikings currently have eight draft picks. If new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is anything like his predecessor, they will have 15 picks by the end of the proceedings.
I used the Mock Draft simulator from NFL Mock Draft Database. For this simulation, I used the consensus big board accumulated by NFL MDD, with the realistic draft mode setting.
Let’s see how it plays out.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 7-ROUND MOCK DRAFT
1-12: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
The Vikings have placed Danielle Hunter on the trade block. This further ramps up their need for another pass rusher. Ojabo is a great athlete who flashed this season at Michigan. He is still a bit raw but projects as a potential double-digit sack artist in the NFL.
2-46: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M
Leal recorded 8.5 sacks this season for Texas A&M. Beyond those numbers lies an inconsistent product on the field. Leal would disappear for large swaths of games. If Minnesota can get consistency from the former Aggie, then they may well get a steal in the second-round.
3-77: Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee
The former Volunteers DB is a versatile cover man. Taylor can take reps on the outside, in the nickel, or he can even line up at free safety. He had four career interceptions at Tennessee and had another during the Senior Bowl game.
THE REST OF THE DRAFT
5-156: Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers
6-184: Jack Coan, QB, Notre Dame
6-192: D’Vonte Price, RB, FIU
6-208: D’marco Jackson, LB, Appalachian State
7-232: Cordell Volson, G, North Dakota State
PREVIOUS TEAM MOCK DRAFTS
JAX – DET – CIN – WSH – NYJ – SEA – ATL – NO – NYG – LAR – CHI – SF