Harrison Smith might be the best safety in the NFL. However, the Vikings have nothing else at the position, and the last time I checked, most teams start two players there. Minnesota could be searching for help next to Smith come April. It's also worth noting that Smith will be a free agent in March 2017, so some insurance isn't a bad idea.
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Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
T.J. Clemmings might be Minnesota's left tackle of the future, but the front office will have to look for a long-term left guard as well.
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Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
The Vikings could stand to benefit adding some depth to the interior of their defensive front.
The Vikings grab a young replacement for Chad Greenway and finish off their talented UCLA-sourced linebacking corps.
Jack notched 15 tackles, one interception and a pass broken up in his shortened 2015 season. He also had two carries for seven yards and a touchdown on offense. The junior suffered a knee injury in practice and is done for the year. He has already withdrawn from UCLA to prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft.
As a sophomore, Jack racked up 87 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble. While only a freshman starter in 2013, Jack became a superstar who was named the Pac-12's Offensive AND Defensive Freshman of the Year. On the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 75 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions. His pass-coverage skills for a freshman were outstanding. Jack ran for 267 yards on 38 carries (7.0 average) with seven touchdowns, too.
Jack's natural pass-coverage skills are extremely impressive. NFL evaluators are going to love what he can do in the passing game. Don't be surprised if the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder improves annually with his huge upside.
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Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Vikings grab a big receiver to pair with Stefon Diggs.
Williams had two receptions for 20 yards with a touchdown against Wofford in the season opener, but left early when he fractured his neck when he ran into the goalpost while catching the touchdown. It isn't clear how long Williams will be out, but the injury won't require surgery.
With Sammy Watkins in the NFL, Williams took over as Clemson's lead receiver in 2014 and caught 57 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. In his freshman season, he had 20 catches for 316 yards and three scores.
Williams (6-3, 205) has a nice combination of size and speed. If sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson can stay healthy, it wouldn't be surprising if Williams has a massive 2015 season - depending on how much time he misses.
Pick change; previously Corey Davis, WR
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D.J. Foster, WR/RB, Arizona State
The Vikings could use a young running back to groom behind Adrian Peterson.
The Sun Devils moved Foster to wide receiver this season, but are giving him some carries out of the backfield as well. Thus far, Foster's averaged 5.6 yards per carry for 278 yards. Through the air, he has 51 receptions for 512 yards and three scores. Foster totaled 62 receptions for 688 yards and three touchdowns in 2014 with an average of 5.6 yards per carry for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
Foster (6-1, 195) looked better at running back as a junior. He is an elusive, shifty runner who runs with good pad level and has a burst to him. Foster should, at very least, have a role as a third-down back in the NFL.