Welcome to the 4th edition of the Vikings 7 round mock of 2017. With the draft only a little over 2 weeks away things are starting to get real. In this edition not only do they score the guard many Viking fans dream of on a nightly basis, but they also get some additional steals in the mid to later rounds.
Round 2 – Dan Feeney G, Indiana
Still my number 1 choice if available come round 2. With the draft getting closer smoke is starting to spill out and Feeney is being projected anywhere from late round 1 all the way to round 3. Vikings have shown interest, and they know that if they want him it will have to be with their 2nd round selection.
Round 3 – Joe Mixon RB, Oklahoma
As much of a non-fan I am of Mixon the reality the Vikings have shown interest, and more than a little. Mixon is a guy who honestly could go anywhere from the top 15 to undrafted. Nothing but question marks around this guy for draft day. What isn’t a question is his ability on the field. Mixon is a game changing back who would push to start as a rookie. His past will haunt him for his entire career, but if he can manage to keep his nose clean a 3rd round selection would be highway robbery.
Round 3 (from Dolphins) – Eddie Vanderdoes DT, UCLA
The status of Floyd is in doubt which makes defensive tackle a pretty big need. As of now I see Datone Jones and Linval Joseph manning the middle with not a ton of depth behind them. Vanderdoes is a disruptive big man who could be a starter in the NFL. Missed all of 2015 with an ACL but didn’t seem to bounce completely back in 2016. The talent is there and if he can manage to regain his old self would be a nice addition to the defensive line. Worst case is he would be a rotational guy and add depth.
Round 4 – Eddie Jackson S, Alabama
What I wouldn’t do for a ball hawking safety to slap next to Harrison Smith. Some question how good Jackson really is considering the talent he had up front. Could he start as a rookie? Probably not, but he has the potential to be a starter in the NFL. Worst case, he handles the punt return duties and works his way up the ladder at safety. Sendejo will be 30 when the season starts and could get a final year in as a starter before a guy like Jackson takes the reigns.
Round 4 (from Dolphins) – Adam Bisnowatay OT, PITT
Bisnowatay is a big man who plays with a mean streak. Four year starter at PITT who will most likely find his home at right tackle in the NFL. Bisnowatay would be going into a great situation, no pressure to try to start as a rookie with the additions of Reiff and Remmers in the offseason. Would give the Vikings some much needed depth at offensive tackle and allow him to season on the sidelines for a few years.
Round 5 – Josh Reynolds WR, Texas A&M
Reynolds racked up 2,788 yards receiving and a whopping 30 TDs in three years at Texas A&M. He is the type of receiver that can be a homerun type player and someone who can climb the ladder to get the jump ball. Reynolds would be a great fit in Purple, adding him to the mix of Diggs, Thielen, and Treadwell would give the Vikings a young and exciting group and would allow Bradford to look deep a little more often in 2017.
Round 6 – Michael Roberts TE, Toledo
Minnesota was sniffing around at the tight end position in free agency and even though Rudolph had a career year, there really isn’t a ton behind him. Sure they have David Morgan but I don’t think defenses are scheming around him. I love Roberts size and receiving ability, he put up a big year at Toledo and is more of a project than anything. Learning behind Rudolph for a few years could allow him to be the next man up in Minnesota at tight end.
Round 7 – Cameron Johnston P, Ohio St.
Johnston has manned the Ohio St. punter job since his freshman year. He has quite the leg on him averaging 46.7 and having a handful of punts over 70 yards throughout his career. As of now the Vikings have little to nothing at the position and taking a punter wouldn’t be considered a flier, but most likely the Vikings 2017 punter.