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 February’s mock draft below.
Round 1 – Grant Delpit S, LSU
While many in Vikings Nation are hoping for the return of Anthony Harris, his price tag might be too hefty for the Vikings to even have that as an option. Option B would be to look in the early rounds of the draft, and Grant Delpit who is a top 15 talent could be a guy that falls in round 1 due to teams having other needs than safety. Delpit has the double whammy when it comes to safety, not only can he lay a big lick, but he can cover massive ground in the pass game and be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Delpit would have a chance to learn from one of the best safeties in the game, and give the Vikings a future star in the secondary.
Round 2 – Cameron Dantlzer CB, Mississippi St.
Dantlzer has been one of the best corners in college football the past few years. He comes with good size at 6’2, 185 lbs and solid cover skills. With the Vikings looking to do a possible full revamp at the cornerback position they will have their eyes peeled for the best corners on the board in the early rounds. Dantlzer most likely isn’t a starter day 1, but checks all the boxes that Zimmer looks for in a developmental guy and could play a role as a rookie.
Round 3 – Rashard Lawerence DT, LSU
The Vikings have made a handful of attempts (Jaleel Johnson, Jalyn Holmes) of finding a steal in the mid rounds at defensive tackle over the past few years. So far the return has been minimal. Linval Joseph is on the wrong side of 30, and Shamar Stephen is …. well …. Shamar Stephen. Not only is depth a must at defensive tackle, but a guy who can push to start early in his career. Enter Rashard Lawerence. The LSU bigman is a big bodied inside guy who can use his power to make plays, would be looked at as an early down run stuffer who might could be the heir apparent to Linval.
Round 4 – Ben Bredeson G, Michigan
No secret that offensive line, particularly the guard position is a large need for the Minnesota Vikings. At 6’5, 316 lbs Bredeson is a mauling guard who won’t you with his athletic ability but makes up for it with his ability to man handle opposing defensive lineman with his power. When you look at it now, the Vikings have Josh Kline who was a fantastic find in FA but a little long in the tooth, then you have Elfein who has under performed and a few youngsters behind him. Lets be clear, if they were to get a buy like Brendeson, he would be pushing for a starting spot day 1.
Round 6 – Stanford Samuels CB, Florida St.
Samuels has been a starter at Florida St. for the past 2 years and has the size (6’2, 185 lbs) and ball awareness to be a mild steal in the mid to later rounds. With all the question marks in the secondary I wouldn’t be surprised one damn bit if the Vikings dipped into the secondary 3 times come draft weekend. He needs to beef up his frame a bit and maybe need a year or 2 to develop, but the tools are there to be a great depth player.
Round 7 – Terence Steele OT, Texas Tech
Steele has been a starting right tackle for Texas Tech since his freshman year. At 6’6, 310 lbs Steele brings good size and above average pass blocking ability. While he won’t come in day one and push for a starting spot, he does have the skills to be a nice depth piece. He needs to improve his strength and improve on his overall technique, but I love him as a flier pick in the 7th round.
Round 7 – Jeff Thomas WR, Miami
Thomas is littered with character concerns which will allow him to fall to round 7, he is a high-risk/high-reward type player. Has speed, athletic ability and sticky hands an offensive coordinator would love to have as a weapon. While his numbers won’t wow you, the fact is the Miami offense just isn’t very good. If he can keep his nose clean off the field, he could be a steal and a gadget player that could make a difference early in his career.