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Minnesota Vikings 2024 NFL Draft Team Mock

The shock wave that was Week One of Veteran Free Agency, and has resulted in major shakeups all over the League. But perhaps no team has had their Draft Needs more clearly defined than the Minnesota Vikings.

They have lost their franchise QB Kirk Cousins to the Falcons, while their top edge rusher and defensive playmaker DANIELLE HUNTER has moved on to the Texans. They have somewhat already resolved the loss of Hunter by signing their top edge rush weapon Jonathan Greenard

But finding a QB to drive their Offense remains a challenge. Not many of us are buying the signing of MATT DARNOLD as a solution to replacing Cousins. And I think the Vikings recently made a Draft Pick trade, with their new best friends, the Texans that added Pick 23 in this Draft to their cache’, and leading most observers to assume they intend to try to leverage Picks 11 & 23 into position to get someone ahead of Pick 11 to allow the Vikings to move up for one of their desired Draftee top QB.

Sounds like high drama in the making over the next month as the Draft approaches. But let’s get on with a trade-less Round One for the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings 2024 NFL Draft Team Mock

Round 1, Pick 11      J.J. McCarthy     QB     Michigan   6’3/205    

This Pick is predicated on J.J. McCarthy having enough potential for Vikes HC McDonnell to see McCarthy as a young man with enough potential to be groomed as the Vikings’ next franchise QB. If the marriage fits I see them having the later Pick still here for them to use elsewhere. Now the QB position development will begin in earnest for Head Coach Kevin O’Connell.

Round 1, Pick 23   JARED VERSE    DE/ER    Florida State      6’6/260    

Now comes the primary piece to replace HUNTER as their top edge rushing tool. There are some very reasonable comparisons being made between the departed HUNTER and Draftee VERSE. VERSE shows a good burst to the pocket and surprising strength to set the edge against the run. 

Round 4, Pick 108     MASON McCormick    OG    South Dakota State   6’4/310    

From a non-FBS powerhouse team,  the Vikes provide themselves with some powerful young IOL help. I see this young man as a potential starter at one of their OG slots… soon.

Round 4, Pick 129      WILL SHIPLEY    RB  Clemson     5’10/205      

RB may be one of their top areas of need and SHIPLEY should provide them with another versatile runner/receiver. He’s a multidimensional player who is a slippery runner and a good hands receiver.

Round 5, Pick 157       KRYSTIAN BOYD    DT/NT     Northern Iowa     6’2/320      

This big guy will get a solid shot to earn playing time as a run-stopper between the Tackles, who also has shown some power push to collapse the pocket from the inside. Solid rotational player right away to my eyes.

Round 5, Pick 167    KITAN OLIDAPO   S     Washington State    6’1/215    

Nice-sized, athletic S  who should star as a Rookie on Special Teams. But they have to be looking for the Harrison Smith replacement, sooner rather than later. Olidapo has shown good deep-closing ability and is very physical against the run.

Round 6, Pick 177   JORDAN MAGEE      LB      Temple    6’1/228      

The Vikings may have gotten themselves a gem in this guy. His big senior season was hampered by early season injuries, but he came on late and showed out well in workouts. They struck gold this past year with a URFA by the name of PACE. Is MAGEE next in line?

Round 7, Pick 230  RYAN FLOURNOY     WR    SE Missouri      6’1/200      

Highly regarded, smaller school prospect who made his mark in the collegiate post-season with Star Game work and a Combine showing. Has the size and athleticism to play the pro game. 

Round 7, Pick 232     ZAK ZINTER   OG     Michigan   6’6/310    

The Wolverines acknowledged leader of their OL troops. But his Championship run leg injury dealt him a cruel blow. I have NOT heard much about how his Medical tests went at the Combine, but he’s a winner in every way. Might be a redshirt Rookie year for him, but may be well worth his late Pick slot.

It has already been an interesting off-season for the Vikings and guys named DARNOLD & McCarthy could hold the future of this team on their shoulders. HC McConnell begins the heavy lifting in that QB room in May.

Cheers

Pigskin Paul 

 

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