The first 7 round Vikings mock has arrived. Each month up until draft day we’ll continue to bring you updated 7 rounders focusing on the wants and needs of the Vikings. While it will be painful to not have a round 1 pick in 2017, the class is thick and if Minnesota plays their cards right they could take advantage of having two 3rds and two 4th round picks and hopefully improve this team enough to get them into the playoffs.
Round 2 – Dan Feeney G, Indiana
Normally fans might groan at the thought of their favorite team taking an offensive lineman with their first pick, especially a guard. But after this year…. they will probably get a standing ovation. Feeney is the best guard in the draft and would be an immediate improvement over the current guard situation.
Round 3 (from Dolphins) – Dion Dawkins OT, Temple
Shocker Alert!!!! The Vikings go offensive line with their first 2 picks of the draft. Again, no question offensive tackle is an immediate need and Dawkins could very well be the best available come round 3. Depending on if Kalil is back and who the bring in through FA, Dawkins could have a legit shot as staring as a rookie.
Round 3 – D’onta Foreman RB, Texas
A.P. has more than likely played his last down in purple, and Minnesota should be looking for a guy who can help carry the ball in the first 4 rounds. Adding Foreman is a physical runner who can get the tough yards and allow McKinnon to slide back to his change of pace role. The Texas back put up 2,000+ yards in 2016 and is no stranger to carrying the load.
Round 4 (from Dophins) – Carlos Watkins DT, Clemson
Pretty good chance Minnesota has seen the last of Sharrif Floyd, I would like to see he will leave a big void to fill … but fact is he doesn’t play enough to even be missed. Even if he did come back, defensive tackle is still a big ole need. Watkins is a penetrator who has proven he can get to the quarterback (8.5 sacks in 2016) and seems to constantly be wreaking havoc in opposing offensive backfields.
Round 4 – Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Munnerlyn and Newman will be free agents leaving only Rhodes, Waynes, Alexander and Sherels on the roster. Alexander has been shaky in his rookie campaign and Sherels really isn’t looked at as a cornerback. So to put it lightly look for cornerback to be a pretty hot topic come draft day. Awuzie is a playmaker in the secondary and in opposing offensive backfields (9 career sacks).
Round 5 – Kyle Fuller C, Baylor
Yes, even center is a need at this point. Fuller has man’d the Baylor offensive line for the past few years and has the ability to kickout and play guard if needed. The 6’5, 315 lb big man would add some much needed depth and in the long run could be a viable starter in the NFL.
Round 6 – Randall Goforth S, UCLA
We have watched what the current depth at safety has to offer …. and it hasn’t been overly impressive. While Sendejo has proven his worth and Hitman isn’t going anywhere depth is a must. Still holding out hope for Kearse as well, but the more the merrier.
Round 7 – Trey Griffey WR, Arizona
Ok … this one is more for the heart strings. Who wouldn’t want Ken Griffey Jr’s kid on their team? That said Griffey is a player that never really put up big numbers during his time in Arizona but has the talent where he was allowed to sit on a practice squad for a year to season …. could complete for a roster spot in 2018.