In no particular order, I’m going to take a dive into 10 possible options the Vikings could be looking at when round 2 rolls around in April. The 2nd round has been very kind to the Vikings the past few years with guys like Irv Smith, Brian O’Neill, and Dalvin Cook finding their way to our favorite team in round 2. Here is hoping that the trend continues with the Vikings getting a difference maker in round 2.
Behold 10 players that the Minnesota Vikings will have their eyes on come round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft. Lets be honest, chances are out of these 10 guys, ONE of them will be a Viking next year ….. right?
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Prospect the Vikings will target in round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft
1. Ezra Cleveland OT, Boise St.
Ezra Cleveland is a very well put togther tackle from Boise St.. What I mean by that, is that he does everything fairley well, he won’t wow you when watching him but he gets the job done. He moves well, which has been a big theme over the past years when it comes to what GMs want in an offensive tackle, but where he lacks is his strength. To be a starter at the next level he will need to beef up and get stronger if he is going to be able to handle defensive lineman in the NFL.
I think he will be looked at as a safer pick that will be an average to MAYBE a little above average offensive tackle in the league. Might take him a year or 2 before he could be looked at as a starter. Also, just to toss this out there which might be very attractive to a team like the Vikings, is that he could bump inside to guard, very versatile along the entire line. Check out another team that might have Cleveland on their NFL Draft board.
2. Noah Igbinoghene CB, Auburn
Igbinoghene was recruited out of high school as one of the top receivers. He played a year at receiver for Auburn before being moved to the other side of the ball. To show how good of an athlete this guy is, it took only 2 years at the position before he was looked at as a 2nd round pick in the NFL Draft. He plays tough and is extremely physical and offers quite abit against the run. Will need to continue to develop as a cornerback, but his ceiling is through the roof.
I think he could offer some playing time as a rookie, but can’t see him coming in to compete for a starting job. Vikings might need to go with a guy that is more day 1 ready, but his potential and Zimmer’s love to develop corners might be too much for them to pass on. Trust me, the Vikings won’t be the only team that has Igbinoghene on their draft board.
3. Antoine Winfield Jr. S, Minnesota
Yes. This is every Vikings fans wet dream, and just so happens to be a need. But lets be clear, if he is still on the board when the Vikings pick in round 2 it would be a shock. Winfield has a very high IQ that goes well with his great instincts. This guy is always around the ball and always making plays. He was a large part of the Gophers success this past year with his game changing plays on a weekly basis.
He also has the ability to play multiple spots in the secondary which will be appealing, but like I said, this is a mild pipe dream, but there was no way I was leaving him off this list.
4. Michael Pittman Jr. WR, USC
I love Michael Pittman. There, I said it. He comes from a football family, with his dad being one of the best running backs in the league in the early 2000’s. So back to Jr. What I love about this guy is his big frame (6’4, 220 lbs) and his ability to bully opposing receivers for the ball. He isn’t going to set any 40 records, but has good hands and when it comes to a contested ball I would put my money on him 10 times out of 10.
Pittman would be the Vikings #2 receiver day 1 and would bring an element the Vikings haven’t had in years at the position. Take in our latest Vikings 7 round mock draft to see if Pittman’s name was called.
5. Lloyd Cushenberry III G, LSU
Shocking that a guard is on the list right? Cushenberry has been the anchor of the LSU offensive line the past few years. With his poweful style of blocking, high football IQ and leadership on and off the field he is everything you want in a big man. While he held the center spot for the Tigers he wouldn’t have much of a problem kicking inside to guard.
Cushenberry hasn’t yet reached his potential and in a few years could be a guy teams will be wishing they took in the backend of round 1. Even with the position change, I think he would be a day 1 starter for the Vikings.
6. Raekwon Davis DT, Alabama
A few years ago the thought of Davis falling to round 2 was silly talk. The Alabama defensive lineman burst onto the scene his sophomore year with 8.5 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. Unfortunately for him, since he has done little in the stats category tallying 2 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss the past 2 years. That said, stats don’t make or break a player, especially at defensive line (Danielle Hunter had 1.5 sacks for LSU the year he was drafted). Davis has the big frame of 6’6, 312 lbs and has good quickness off the ball. What I like about Davis, is he is a well rounded big man with power you can’t teach. I think his home in the NFL will be a solid starter that will be very good at everthing.
I don’t see him as a guy you need to gameplan for, but a guy that at any time can make a big play. Even with the big signing of Michael Pierce, when it comes to proven production the Vikings have little to nothing at depth at defensive tackle.
7. Robert Hunt G, Louisiana
Two words always stick out when you look into Hunt … “Powerful” & “Nasty”. Which is exactly what the Vikings are lacking right now when it comes to their guard play. Even before Josh Kline was surprisingly released guard was a huge need for the Vikings. With a current depth chart of Elflien, Samia, and Dozier … Robert Hunt makes perfect sense for the Vikings. The 4 year starter has played both guard and tackle, but him and his 6’5, 336 lb frame will be looked at as a guard in the NFL.
He doesn’t get the love of some of the other guards. But when all is said and done, will most likely come off the board much earlier than anyone expects. Probably a day 1 starter, that will need to develop on the fly.
8. Brandon Aiyuk WR, Arizona State
Brandon Aiyuk is one of my favorite slot receivers in the entire draft class. This guy makes plays when the ball is in his hands and defenders have a hell of a time bringing him to the ground. The Vikings offense could use a guy like Aiyuk to help keep opposing defense on their toes.
While he might not ever be that true number 1 receiver, he will make plays and also free things up for guys like Thielen and company. Also adds huge value at both kick and punt returner.
9. Ashtyn Davis S, California
Regardless of what happens with the Anthony Harris situation, the fact is the Vikings only have 2 safeties on their current roster. So even if Harris is signed longeterm, safety is still a good sized need. Davis went from being a walk-on to one of the best safeties in the nation, which speaks to his drive. The 6’1, 195 lb safety has played all over the field during his time at Cal and isn’t shy to lay a big hit.
I think it will take him a year or 2 before he is pushing to start, but that might be the exact time frame the Vikings would be looking at with Harrison Smith not getting any younger.
10. Donovan Peoples-Jones WR, Michigan
Good size, good hands can play inside our outside and is a team first type of player. If he would have had a better quarterback during his time his numbers would have been a bit more exciting to look at. But the tools are there and he should be a guy that comes off anywhere between middle round 2 to early round 3.
Best part about Peoples-Jones is what he can do after he gets the ball in his hands. Also will add great value on special teams in the return game. No doubt if he were to be drafted by the Vikings that he would be pushing Bisi/Sharpe for that #2 spot day 1.