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Why the Vikings won the draft. Draft Review/Grades

The Minnesota Vikings had pick 14 after a disappointing 7-9 2020 season. With a few holes that needed to be filled in order to be big contenders, here is what they did

Trade with Jets: Jets Receive Round 1, Pick 14, Round 5, Pick 143, Vikings Receive Round 1, Pick 23, Round 3, Pick 66 and 86.

Trade grade: A

The Jets traded up to select USC Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker. The Vikings got back 2 thirds, one of those being the 2nd pick in round 3. After all the players were selected im giving this trade a A for reasons i’ll get into later.

Round 1, Pick 23: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech 

Pick grade: A+ 

The Vikings got franchise LT Christian Darrisaw with pick 23. For a guy I would have been exited with at 14, trading down and picking up 2 3rd’s and STILL getting Darrisaw, easy A+

Round 3, Pick 66: Kellen Mond, QB Texas A&M

Pick grade: B+

The Vikings drafted Kellen Mond with pick 66, who is a 4-year started at A&M. Mond can slowly develop into the starter and future of the Vikings. With Kirk Cousins’ contract expiring in 2 years, he can develop behind Cousins and be the future of the team. 

Round 3, Pick 78, Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

Pick grade: B-

In my opinion, there were better options then Surratt available at this pick. Surratt is a guy with a high upside and really low downside. He can maybe develop into a above average started a few years down the line, but I don’t see him having a big role year one.

Round 3, Pick 86, Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State

Pick grade: A+

Although Davis can have some injury problems, talent wise he is better then Vera-Tucker, and the fact that they got him this late, STEAL OF THE DRAFT!

Round 3, Pick 90, Patrick Jones, EDGE, Pittsburgh 

Pick grade: B+

Jones can work into a rotational guy this year, with Wonnum and Weatherly, and is a really talented pass-rusher who can have a instant impact.

Round 4, Pick 119, Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State

Pick grade: C+

Nwangwu obviously wont be RB 1 or 2, with Cook and Mattison on the team. Kene was drafted as a return man pretty much as his only role. I cant see him getting really even 5% of offensive snaps this year, and there was better return-men and backs available.

Round 4, Pick 125, Camryn Bynum, S, Cal

Pick grade: B+

Bynum was a corner at cal, but lacks in man to man coverage. The Vikings can use him in what they with with Jayron Krause 2 years ago, as a 3rd safety who can be better then Krause and develop into a potential starter if Xavier Woods is not re-signed next year,

Round 4, Pick 134, Janarius Robinson, EDGE, Florida State 

Pick grade: B-

Although I don’t see the need for another EDGE rusher, now with Danille Hunter, DJ Wonnum, Stephen Weatherly, Patrick Jones, and Janarius Robinson, it leads me to think who will be DE2 this year behind D-Hunt? I can see Weatherly and Wonnum splitting snaps at first, and Patrick Jones working in, but where does that lead Robinson t0?

Round 5, Pick 157, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa

Pick grade: A-

Smith-Marsette can come in right away and compete for WR3 with Bisi Johnson and Chad Beebe. I really like Smith-Marsettes value deep and his route running, and a guy who can make big plays when needed.

Other Picks:

Round 5, Pick 168, Zach Davidson, TE/P, Central Missouri, Pick grade: C+

Round 6, Pick 199, Jaylen Twyman, DT/3-tech, Pitt, Pick grade: B