The second 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
I think any offensive tackle worth taking at this spot will be off the board, next up? Guard. Feeney is about as good as the Vikes could hope for as an option 2. He should be a day 1 starter and pairing up with Alex Boone give the Vikings a pretty solid duo of starting guards.
Round 3 (from Dolphins) – Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
Pocic has been a hot name around the Vikings as of late. Pocic can play center OR guard, but would most likely find his home at center for the Vikings. Easily the top center in this years draft class, he has been a leader for the LSU Tigers throughout his entire career and could be the guy (along with Feeney above) that the Vikings are looking for to whoop this group into shape.
Round 3 – Kareem Hunt RB, Toledo
Hunt help solidify himself as one of the top running backs in the draft after his 115 yard performance during the Senior Bowl. One of the smarter backs in this years crop, does everything well and has good size at 6’0, 225 lbs. Hunt has the makeup to be an everydown back and would be a great counterpart to McKinnon.
Round 4 (from Dophins) – Roderick Johnson OT, Florida St.
I think the Vikings have a legit shot at re-signing Kalil AND will make a splash at the tackle position in free agency, which is why I have the tackle selection sliding to round 4. Johnson, once seen as a sure 1st round pick has watched his stock drop a bit, but is more than worthy of this 4th round selection and could add instant depth and push for a starting spot as early as his 2nd year in the league.
Round 4 – Eddie Jackson S, Alabama
Adding another young to the safety mix would be a good idea for the Vikings. They have Smith who is one of the best, and Sendejo who had his best year as a pro in 2016. But behind them they have some unproven and shaky youngsters in Harris/Kearse/Exum. Jackson is a ball hawk who racked up 10 INTs in 38 games at Alabama, also is a dynamic punt returner.
Round 5 – Noah Brown WR, Ohio St.
As of now the only sure things at receiver for the Vikings are Diggs, Theilen (yes he will be re-signed), and Treadwell. After that…. we got nothing but a bunch of question marks. Nobody will be shocked if the Vikings look for a receiver in rounds 5 OR earlier. Brown hasn’t done a ton stat wise in college but has the size, speed, and athleticism you want. He can play receiver, special teams, and even play out of the backfield (which could fill a void if Patterson bolts).
Round 6 – Charles Walker DE/DT, Oklahoma
Versatile lineman who can play any spot along the defensive line. Had a big 2015 season racking up 6 sacks but has proven to be inconsistent and will need a coach like Zimmer who can light a fire under him. Walker is a tough guy to predict… he could go anywhere from round 4 to undrafted.
Round 7 – Paul Magloire LB, Arizona
Magloire turned heads at the East/West Shrine game and no secret the Vikings need additional depth at linebacker. He would be seen as more than a project pick, which Minnesota is known for making in the later rounds. Has played all over the field and could give Zimmer options for the future.