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. Behold December’s mock draft below.
Round 1 – Shaun Wade CB, Ohio St.
Cornerback has clearly emerged as the top need for the Minnesota Vikings as they head into the 2020 offseason. Both Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander are free agents, and Xavier Rhodes has struggled badly and may not be back with the team at his current price. Wade is a technically sound corner who can make big plays. He’d get on the field early in his Vikings career.
Round 2 – Neville Gallimore DT, Oklahoma
The Vikings don’t have a true 3-technique on their roster right now. The closest thing to it is promising Armon Watts and Hercules Mata’afa. Gallimore is a freak whose athleticism is off the charts. He could come in and create havoc in passing situations as a rookie.
Round 3 – Tyler Johnson WR, Minnesota
This may be a bit of a homer pick but it also fills a need. Johnson is a big athletic receiver with pretty reliable mitts. He had a breakout year for the Gophers and has the potential to be a number one option on an NFL team. He wouldn’t be that here in Minnesota with Diggs and Thielen on the roster, but would add great depth to a receiving corps that had to sign guys off the street last year.
Round 4 – Shyheim Carter S, Alabama
The Vikings are going to also be feeling a pinch at safety next year. Jayron Kearse already said he isn’t coming back and Anthony Harris’s future with the team is uncertain. Factor in that Harrison Smith isn’t getting any younger and this need is bigger than it first appears. Carter is SEC tested and is a fluid athlete. He is a bit of a safety/corner hybrid and the Vikings can definitely make use of that versatility.
Round 6 – Tommy Kraemer OL, Notre Dame
The Vikings will be looking to add talent and depth on their offensive line throughout the entire 2020 Draft. This guy not only shares his name with a Vikings’ legend, but he’s a big ol’ boy who can provide depth and competition at guard.
Round 7 – TJ Brunson LB, South Carolina
With Ben Gedeon just being meh, and Cameron Smith no lock to make the 53 man roster next season, the Vikings will likely bring in a linebacker at some point next April. They do it with this rangy Gamecock.
Round 7 – Jon Runyan OT, Michigan
In a perfect world the Vikings address offensive tackle much earlier in this Draft. The way things shook out that just wasn’t happening. Riley Reiff is probably good for at least one more season, so it isn’t an emergency, but getting the heir apparent at left tackle before round seven would be ideal. Runyan does have potential and good size so he could be worked in and the scouting department can hope they uncover another late round gem.