The Vikings have a huge liability at cornerback in Trae Waynes, who has failed to live up to his first-round billing. Terence Newman isn't getting any younger either, as we saw when he tried to defend Alshon Jeffery in the NFC Championship. The Vikings could decide to go back to the drawing board next offseason.
Rd. 2, Pk. 30
Justin Jones, DT, N.C. State
There have been reports indicating that Sharrif Floyd may never play again, which is a shame. The Vikings will need to find a new defensive tackle to play next to Linval Joseph.
The 6-foot-4, 304-pound Feeney is a well-balanced blocker. He has the strength to contribute as a run blocker and was effective in pass protection for the Hoosiers. According to Indiana, Feeney had allowed only one sack in 2,719 snaps - 37 career games - entering 2016. The senior missed a lot of time in 2016 with a concussion and also had to play some right tackle. For the NFL, however, Feeney projects as a power guard.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
The Vikings grab a long-term starting running back.
Hunt averaged 5.6 yards per carry in 2016 for 1,475 yards with 10 touchdowns. He also made 41 receptions for 403 yards and a touchdown. Hunt (5-10, 208) was excellent at the Senior Bowl, using his speed to slash through the defense. He was very impressive as a receiver out of the backfield, too. Hunt doesn't have the size to be an every-down back in the NFL, but he could be a dangerous weapon as a complementary back and be an asset in passing situations.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Pat Elflein, G/C, Ohio State
The Vikings grab some offensive line talent, and they've shown interest in Elflein.
Elflein was a solid blocker in 2016 for Ohio State at center. That looks like his best position for the NFL. The 6-foot-3, 303-pounder played well in 2015. He was an excellent run blocker, opening holes for Ezekiel Elliott. Elflein is also reliable in pass protection. As a sophomore, he was a starter at left and right guard while doing a superb job of helping the Buckeyes to feature a powerful rushing attack.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
The Vikings could use some interior defensive line depth given the uncertain future for Sharrif Floyd.
Ogunjobi (6-2, 304) turned in four seasons of solid production for Charlotte, including his senior year, when he notched 65 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two passes broken up. Ogunjobi had 62 tackles with 2.5 sacks as a junior and five sacks as a sophomore. He put together a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
The Vikings could use some cornerback depth given the age of Terrance Newman and losing Captain Munneryln. Minnesota has shown interest in Kazee.
In 2016, Kazee recorded 65 tackles with eight passes broken up and seven interceptions. The 5-foot-10, 183-pounder didn't impress at the Senior Bowl, however. Kazee was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for with eight interceptions, 75 tackles, and seven passes broken up. He had 58 tackles, 13 breakups, and an interception as a sophomore. Kazee almost entered the 2016 NFL Draft, but the fourth-round grade from the NFL Advisory Board probably was a big reason why he wisely decided to return for his senior year.
If the Minnesota Vikings want to prove me wrong this weekend, they are certainly free to do exactly that. For now though, let's focus on what they should do if they do end up with the 27th pick. They could certainly do a lot worse than end up with the rock solid Billy Price out of Ohio State. He would be a steal at this juncture as I think he will be a very good starter at the NFL level for a long time to come either at guard or center. This would just be a solid pick for an excellent GM like Rick Spielman.
The Vikings are a loaded team and outside of quarterback they really do not have many needs. I am pretty sure Teddy Bridgewater comes comes back so quarterback may not be a huge need. Instead, they can take a player at a more pressing position like defensive tackle where they can lose both Sharrif Floyd and Tom Johnson. Bryan is a high upside tackle with a good first step and athleticism. He also has a high motor, but needs to get more consistent snap to snap to be a more reliable pass rusher.
Last Mock's Pick: Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
Offense Style: West Coast
Defense Style: 4-3.
2017 Draft Picks:
41 Dalvin Cook RB FLORIDA STATE
78 Pat Elflein C OHIO STATE
109 Jaleel Johnson DT IOWA
120 Ben Gedeon ILB MICHIGAN
170 Rodney Adams WR SOUTH FLORIDA
180 Danny Isidora G MIAMI
201 Bucky Hodges TE VIRGINIA TECH
219 Stacy Coley WR MIAMI
220 Ifeadi Odenigbo DE NORTHWESTERN
232 Elijah Lee OLB KANSAS STATE
245 Jack Tocho CB NC STATE
Offense Rankings: Total 5 Pass 13 Run 6
Defense Rankings: Total 2 Pass 10 Run 2
Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 2
Sacks per Attempt: 12
Team Needs: DT LB OT
The Vikings have very few areas of need. They've gotten much better play out of their offensive line with new additions but are they one-year wonders? They will need a DT in 2018 and a good one is available.
The Vikings still need more talent on their offensive line. If they draft a left tackle, Riley Reiff could move to his better position of right tackle and Mike Remmers couls be kicked inside to guard. <br> <br>
Williams (6-6, 290) started at left tackle as a freshman and sophomore for the Longhorns. He was a steady pass protector and a consistent run blocker. Williams has good length, quickness and athleticism. It would be good to see him become stronger and show more heavy hands.
The Vikings QB situation in 2018 will be murky. Keenum, Bradford, or Bridgewater. One will either be traded or released. Whoever is under center will need to be protected. Bring in Will Hernandez, a highly decorated guard out of Texas-El Paso who is 2nd only to Quenton Nelson is athleticism.
Comp: Cody Whitehair