With the recent trades along with some comp picks the Vikings 7 rounder is no easy task these days. With a total of 12 picks come draft weekend the Vikings have the chance to get this roster whipped into shape. They also have the flexibility to be movers and shakers, while 12 picks sounds great, fact is when all is said and done expect them to have a handful less.
Below is my latest Minnesota Vikings 2020 7 round NFL Mock Draft.
Round 1 | Pick 22 (from Buffalo)
Jeff Gladney, CB TCU
Glandey is a 4 year starter at TCU and brings a ton of experience, something the Vikings deperately need from a rookie. With the current depth chart, they can’t wait for a guy to develop over a year or 2. They need someone that is ready to step in day 1. That is exactly what Glandey is.
The TCU corner has the ability to play inside or outside and brings a chippy type of play that every coach welcomes. Not only does he play tough, but has the speed and athletic ability to back it up. If Gladney were the pick, he would compete for a starting spot with Mike Hughes and Holton Hill the minute he signs his contract. The only real question is…. will he last unti pick 22?
Round 1 | Pick 25
Justin Jefferson, WR LSU
As of now I think Jefferson is best case scenario at pick 25. It will take a little bit of draft day magic to get him to fall to pick 25, but stranger things have happened. Jefferson has been #1 overall pick Joe Burrow’s go-to guy and rightfully so. The LSU receiver has great hands, runs PRETTY good routes, and can go up and get the ball.
With the Vikings, Jefferson would step in day 1 as the number 2 receiver along with Adam Thielen. He would give Cousins a reliable option and day 1 ready possesion receiver. He can play inside our scoot outside, wherever you put him he makes plays, in the long run he could take over the #1 spot from Thielen.
Round 2 | Pick 58
Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona State
You are damn right I double dipped at receiver. Look, this is the year to grab receivers early, receivers who would be a top 25 pick every year will be available in round 2. Aiyuk being one of them. The Arizona St. product is a playmaker who has the abiliy to turn any play into 6 points. Not only does he damage as a receiver, but also can add value as a returnman.
Imagine the Vikings brinign in Jefferson in round 1, Aiyuk in round 2, pairing him with Adam Thielen, new toy Tajae Sharpe, and last years surprise Bisi Johnson. Suddenly, the Vikings piss poor receiving corps doesn’t look so bad does it.
Round 3 | Pick 89
Matthew Peart, OT UConn
The downside of shoring up the receiving corps in the early rounds, means the Vikings neglected the offensive line. Luckily guys like Peart should be around in round 3. By “guys like Peart”, I mean guys that could push for a starting job as a rookie. At 6’6, 310 lbs he has the body and mobility that some actuallly compare to Brian O’Neill, which isn’t a bad thing.
Would he come in and surplant Riley Reiff as a rookie, no. But give him a year and I think he pushes to start. One of the best things about Peart? Not only can he play either left or right tackle, he could also be a guy that gets bumped inside. We all know we need a bit of everything when it comes to the OL, so more versatile, the better.
Round 3 | Pick 105 (compensatory)
John Simpson G, Clemson
At 6’4, 330 lbs Simpson is a big ole power blocker. Don’t expect to read many scouting reports touting his athletic ability, Simpson is what he is, he is a beast who can clear some space. With is big fram and strength and above average technique he has the chance to start early in his NFL career.
Seeing the current Vikings depth chart at guard, if he was the pick, I think he competes with both Elflein and Samia day 1 for their spot.
Round 4 | Pick 132
Nick Coe, Defensive End Auburn
What I love about Coe is he can play mulitple spots along the defensive line. He has good size, good strenght, but scouts seem to be concerened about his overall technique. Well, well, well ….. what better spot to go to than defensive lineman U. We have watched time and time again the Vikings take a defensive lineman that is a little rough around the edges and turn him into a solid player.
We watched as the Vikings took some hits at defensive line this offseasonw the losses of Griffen, Linval, and Weatherly. I don’t think it’s a matter of if they go defensive line, more of when. Coe would be very high value come round 4.
Round 5 | Pick 155 (from Buffalo)
Anthony Gordon, QB Washington State
I honestly can’t think of a better midround developmental quarterback than Anthony Gordon. This guy is at least a few years away from even getting a sniff of an NFL field. Lucky for us? We have a guy that is pretty damn good who happens to be signed through 2022.
With only 1 year as a starter at Washington State, Gordon showed that his is a leader on the field, a guy that wants to win and expects the best from his teammates. He has an above average arm and good enough accuracy to get coaches excited. He wil need to work on his mechanics and smooth out his decision making, but what better spot to go into where he could even sit as the 3rd quarterback for a year or two and learn from a guy like Cousins.
Round 6 | Pick 201 (from Buffalo)
Reggie Robinson II, CB Tulsa
What I love about Robinson is his size, at 6’1, 205 lbs. Doesn’t have the size or eye popping athletic ability you would want, but lets be real this is the 6th round. Robinson would be looked at as a guy at the bottom of the cornerback depth chart that could offer some value on special teams.
That said, his 4.44 speed at the combine did raise a few eye brows, and he did show that he has a knack for the ball during his time at Tulsa with 34 PBUs, 4 INTs.
Round 6 | Pick 205
David Woodward, LB Utah St.
Great instincts and an extremely smart linebacker. Checks all the boxes when it comes to a ‘safe’ linebacker. Won’t really wow you with anything but has the tools to be an NFL linebacker. Injuries have taken their toll on Woodward, but if he can come back and be the player he was a few years ago he could be a steal in the later rounds.
If he can stay healthy, he could offer the Vikings some needed depth at middle linebacker. While I love me some Cameron Smith, I don’t really have the confidence in him that I would like. Woodward is a low-risk/high-reward type pick.
Round 7 | Pick 219
Jeff Thomas, WR Miami
Yup. Another reciever. Jeff Thomas is a natural athelete who offers explosivness both as a receiver and as a return man. While his numbers won’t wow anyone during his time at Miami, you have to factor in the offense he played on. While he most likely won’t transistion into a starting wide reciever in the NFL, he could be looked at as a fun toy to throw a wrinkle in an offense and towards opposing defenses.
Even with the other early receiving selections, I think a 3rd is very possible, especially if it is a guy like Thomas who offers more than just being a receiver. What will hurt Thomas’ stock is his off the field questions. But in round 7, a flier is well worth it for the Vikings who need more weapons on offense.
Round 7 | Pick 249 (compensatory)
Charlie Heck, OT North Carolina
This would be a heck of a pick…… The North Carolina tackle is a swignman who can play either side, offers big size at 6’8, 307 lbs. Smart guy who might not ever turn into a starter, but like Rashod Hill has done, he could offer some much needed depth and could play in a pinch.
Round 7 | Pick 253 (compensatory)
Carter Coughlin, EDGE Minnesota
Carter Coughlin should be no stranger to Vikings fans. As he has been one of the best Gophers on the field for the past few years, racking up 22.5 sacks during his career. Unfortunately for him, when it comes to the NFL he falls into the category of ….. “where the heck to you play him”. He is undersized to be a defensive end, and needs some work before he could be thought of as a linebacker. What does that leave? You guessed it, special teams demon.
Coughling has the IQ, awareness, and speed to be one hell of a special teamer. I’m not saying that will be the ceiling for him, but it gives teams a reason to take him and a spot to play him, until they can figure out where to put him on defense. Vikings need depth at many spots on defense, and also lost some of their core special teamers this offseason, the thought of Coughlin staying in state, isn’t that far fetched.