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Predicting the Vikings End of Year Awards

Only a matter of hours before the Vikings take the field. Let me celebrate by whipping out my crystal ball to forecast who takes home some hardware for the Vikings ’17 season.

MVP

Harrison Smith

Smith is the heart of this defense and has been the best defender on the field for the Vikings for the past few years. If the Vikings are going to make any sort of run this year it will most likely be because of the defense …. and the Hitman will be a huge reason for that success.

Runner-Up: Sam Bradford

Offensive Player of the Year

Stefon Diggs

If Diggs can manage to stay healthy for a full 16 game season I think this might be the year he cracks 100+ receptions. He will be Bradford’s number 1 target and with the emergence of Thielen and addition of Cook things should continue to open up for the Vikings #1 receiver.

Runner-Up: Sam Bradford

Defensive Player of the Year

Harrison Smith

See MVP. Trust me, Danielle Hunter was very close to going here and I think he will have easily 10+ sacks, but Smith is Smith and he is a tough cookie to pass up on as DPOY.

Runner-Up: Danielle Hunter

Offensive Rookie of the Year

Pat Elflein

I would LOVE to put Dalvin Cook here, and I think Cook is going to have a great year. But Elfein is going to have a huge impact on this offensive line. Even in his short stint as starting center in preseason he has already proven to be one of the best lineman the Vikings have.

Runner-Up: Dalvin Cook

Defensive Rookie of the Year

Ben Gedeon

Gedeon gets the start week 1 and barring some brutal play, should hold the spot down for the year. He looked good in preseason and might end up being one of the steals of the draft. He will have some stiff competition in Jaleel Johnson, but with Johnson being more situational I give the former Wolverine the nod.

Runner-Up: Jaleel Johnson

Most Improved

Laquon Treadwell

Not hard to ‘improve’ on his rookie season. But, I do believe the former 1st round pick comes out and puts up some numbers. I see him being the 3rd/4th option in the passing game putting up 30+ receptions with a few touchdowns sprinkled in. Baby steps ….. baby steps.

Runner-Up: Trae Waynes

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