With draft week upon us it was time to take the pulse of some of the top voices in Viking land. We asked some of the best out there who they think the Vikings could realistically target come round 2. Surprisingly there was a wide variety of players and position, drink it in below, and remember to give each one of them a follow while you are at it, you won’t regret it.
Adam Patrick | @Str8_Cash_Homey
The Viking Age
With the 48th selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, Adam Patrick selects ……
Chris Wormley DT, Michigan
Austin Belisle | @austincbelisle
With the 48th selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, Austin Belisle selects ……
Alvin Kamara RB, Tennessee
The Minnesota Vikings are in a tough spot this offseason; without a first-round pick, general manager Rick Spielman’s options are limited. Most, if not all of the premier offensive tackles will be off the board, making his decision at No. 48 a matter of preference. Does he go with the best player available (BPA) or stick with his gut and take his favorite player available? I’m leaning toward ‘favorite,’ and that player could be Kamara. He’s essentially Cordarrelle Patterson 2.0, with the ability to line up in the backfield, in the slot, and as a kick returner.
While I’m not necessarily advocating for the selection, Spielman has a history of waiting until the later rounds to acquire depth at offensive line. Plus, Kamara met with the team at the Combine and visited Winter Park as part of the exclusive Top-30; he’s clearly a player of interest for the franchise.
Jordan Reid | @JReidDraftScout
With the 48th selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, Jordan Reid selects ……
Pat Elflein C/RG , Ohio State
My biggest fear is that there will be a run on offensive lineman within the first-40 picks of the draft, and I think it’s going to happen. Prospects like Dan Feeney and Dion Dawkins are ideal, but I think they will be gone. Elflein would be a great choice for the Vikings at pick no. 48 because he fills a need at center and/or right guard.
He’s shown that he is able to play both and he also potentially provides you with the immediate successor to Joe Berger, who’s entering the final year of his contract and turns 35 years-old next month.
BJ Reidell | @RobertReidell
With the 48th selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, BJ Reidell selects ……
Malik McDowell DT, Michigan State
Attempting to pinpoint a specific player to the Minnesota Vikings is a fool’s errand given how deep into the draft the 48th overall pick is.
That said, if McDowell happens to slide all the way to Minnesota due to concerns about his motor and other character issues, the Vikings simply cannot pass on an opportunity to replace Sharrif Floyd with the electric talent out of Michigan State.
Yinka Ayinde | @Saxyprince
With the 48th selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, Yinka Ayinde selects ……
Joe Mixon RB, Oklahoma
His off-the-field issues aside, Mixon is the best RB in this draft class, with his ability to run between the tackles and make catches outside the numbers.
Mixon has burst, balance, and the ability to break several tackles. He struggles with fumbles, and gets caught in the back field too often, but make no mistake he would be a day 1 weapon for the Vikings.
Matt Falk| @Matt_Falk
With the 48th selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, Dan Feeney selects ……
Dan Feeney G, Indiana
Dan Dan he’s my man. This is my number 1 target (barring anyone unexpectedly sliding). Feeney would slide right in at right tackle and along with FA pickups Reiff and Remmers give the Vikings one hell of an upgrade to an offensive line that was tough to watch.
The Indiana bigman who has started since his freshman year plays tough and smart, and is looked at as a sure thing to be an above average interior NFL lineman. While he has been projected anywhere from round 1 to round 3 he SHOULD hear his name right around the time the Vikings are on the clock.
Beeeeeeeeeeeeeep, Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep …. this is a one week warning until draft day. This week the fellas who make the nifty shirts over at Pick & Shovel Wear have graciously sent us their guest mock for the 2017 season. I’m going to put this bluntly, it’s a damn good thing their shirts feel so silky smooth against your body, because this might be the grossest guest mock of the bunch, which probably means it will be the most accurate. Drink it in below.