Every month leading up to the draft we’ll slap a full 7 round Minnesota Vikings mock draft your way. As the needs and wants change leading up to the draft along with players’ stock rising and falling, expect some big shifts. Open your mouth and swallow March’s mock draft below.
Round 1 – Xavier McKinney S, Alabama
The Vikings appear to be willing to move on without Anthony Harris. That is a scary thought. What makes it scarier is that they want to extend Andrew Sendejo, essentially making him the starter next to Harrison Smith next season. While Sendejo did well in spot duty last season, he is a liability as a starter and his 32-year-old body can’t take the pounding of a 16 or 17 game regular season whatever it ends up being. The only thing that would make taking Sendejo as the starter easier to swallow, would be if they had a young stud waiting in the wings. That stud could very well be Alabama’s Xavier McKinney. This guy can play all over the field. He’s great in coverage, can make plays on the football, and can even crowd the line of scrimmage and be basically an extra linebacker. He can learn the NFL game for a bit while Sendejo starts, and by week 4 can become the new and long term starter next to Harrison Smith.
Round 2 – AJ Terrell CB, Clemson
The Vikings need a few cornerbacks in this Draft and if they could land AJ Terrell in round two, Rick Spielman will have bloody milkers from all the shirtless chest bumps he’ll be giving out. Terrell is 6’1 and 195 pounds and that kind of size gets head coach Mike Zimmer all hot and bothered. Terrell ran a nice 4.42 forty at the Combine, so his speed isn’t a concern. He is pretty strong in all facets of the game and is a guy who could be counted on as a rookie to contribute quite a bit.
Round 3 – Ben Bartch OT, St. John’s
The Vikings need to find the heir apparent to Riley Reiff in this year’s Draft. If they wait until the third round to address the position, then they could be looking at big Ben Bartch who played his college ball just down the road at St. John’s. Bartch opened up a lot of eyes at the Senior Bowl, as the D-3 guy more than held his own against some of the top competition in the Nation. Bartch has great size at 6’6 and 309 pounds. He’s a former tight end so his athletic ability is off the charts. He will need some seasoning though since he’s new to the position, so the Vikings should hang on to Reiff if they take this guy.
Round 3 – Michael Pittman Jr. WR, USC
The Vikings need more talent in their wide receiving corps. They are very top-heavy with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen but Bisi Johnson is basically all they have for depth. Pittman Jr. is a big, physical receiver who can outmuscle defenders and go up and get the ball at it’s highest point. He’s also got great bloodlines being the son of former NFL running back Michael Pittman. He’s not a burner but is fast enough, and while his route running will need to be fine-tuned, it’s pretty easy envisioning this guy being very productive in year one.
Round 4 – McTelvin Agim DT, Arkansas
The Vikings will be looking for a disruptor in the middle of their defensive line this Draft. Depending on how the cards fall, they could address this need much earlier than the fourth round. If they do have to wait, getting McTelvin Agim could potentially be a steal. Agim was the best player at the East-West Shrine Game. He blew past his blockers and really opened the eyes of the scouts in attendance. He was then invited to the Senior Bowl and turned in another impressive performance. He ran a sub 5.0 forty yard dash at the Combine and put up 225 pounds 27 times. He’s still raw, but he could put up some numbers as part of a rotation in 2020.
Round 6 – AJ Green CB, Oklahoma St.
The Vikings will be stocking up on cornerbacks and would love to see AJ Green here in the sixth round. Some mocks have this guy going much higher, and that is certainly possible. Green has great size standing over 6’1 and weighing in at 202 pounds. His technique and footwork are all solid but there’s one major knock on this guy and that is his speed. He ran a 4.62 forty yard dash and that could cause him to tumble down the board. There’s still plenty to like here and he’d provide excellent depth in the Vikings’ secondary as he slowly gets worked in.
Round 7 – Calvin Throckmorton G/T, Oregon
There aren’t many guys who have tanked the Draftseason as hard as Calvin Throckmorton. He had a terrible week at the East-West Shrine Game and followed that up with a poor showing at the Senior Bowl. His Combine wasn’t much better, as his overall athleticism should be questioned by teams that are interested in his services. The biggest plus for Throckmorton and what could ultimately get him drafted, is that he can play both guard and tackle. That position flexibility is very attractive and will cause teams to overlook some of his shortcomings.
Round 7 – Benjimen Victor WR, Ohio St.
The Vikings already took a wide receiver in this Draft but they need more than just one. Benjimen Victor has the size the Vikings lack at wide receiver right now. He’s 6’4, though he’s a bit lanky at only 198 pounds. He showed well in the East-West Shrine game and played against top competition in the Big Ten. Victor could earn the 5th receiver spot on the Vikings depth chart and could be an option in the red zone as a rookie.
Round 7 – DeeJay Dallas RB, Miami
The Vikings definitely don’t need another running back on the roster. They have Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Mike Boone, and can even toss CJ Ham back there in a pinch. What they’d be drafting this DeeJay for are his returner abilities. Dallas is an experienced return man and is shifty with good overall speed. He could be a special teams weapon for the Vikings and would allow them to not have to worry about putting a guy who they need on defense like Mike Hughes back there to return punts and kicks risking further injury.
Round 7 – Stanford Samuels CB, FSU
The Vikings again grab a cornerback and continue to build up their depth at the position. Samuels has great size and is an extremely physical player. His overall technique is solid, and he is also very instinctive. The biggest knock on him is his overall speed. He ran a tortoise-like 4.65 forty yard dash at the Combine, so if a receiver gets behind him, he isn’t going to catch up. That is a concern, but he is solid in man to man coverage and will be better than some of the deeper corners currently on the Vikings roster like Nate Meadors and Mark Fields.