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 January’s mock draft below.
Round 1 – CJ Henderson CB, Florida
So many damn questions about the Vikings secondary heading into the offseason. What was once one of the strongest units in the NFL, could quickly become a position the Vikings are rebuilding. To be honest, Henderson is not one of my favorite corners in this years draft class, but with the Vikings picking so late, it might be their only hope to get a corner that can contribute early in his career. He has the instincts, the size, and most traits you would love in a corner. His big weakness is his tackling, not a great tackler, lets players get away … BUT if that can be shored up he could be one hell of a starting corner for the Vikings.
Round 2 – Josh Jones OT, Houston
At 6’5, 311 lbs Jones is an absolute beast at offensive tackle, not only does he have the size but he has the length to stop opposing defenders in their tracks. The 4 year starter has plenty of experience and tools to be a very good starting left tackle in the NFL. Many scouts note that he needs some work and might be a bit of a project ….. that is also what many said about Brian O’Neill. There will be plenty of question marks about the left tackle spot this offseason, and regardless of the answers taking an OT early in the 2020 draft seems like a given.
Round 3 – Shane Lemieux G, Oregon
Every Vikings fan knows that an upgrade at guard is necessary. While the offensive line did in fact improve in 2019, the liability at left guard has become a real issue in both the pass and rushing game. Lemieux is an experienced bulldozer that could be ready to contribute day 1. He is known for clearing out big holes along the line and his surprising athleticism for his big frame. Adding him to go with last years 4th round selection in Dru Samia could give the Vikings options.
Round 4 – Tyler Johnson WR, Minnesota
I think Johnson is worth more than a 4th round selection, but with the thick crop of wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft, the 4th round for him isn’t out of consideration. With the current depth chart I think Johnson could step in and be in the mix as the 4th wide receiver possibly even pushing for time as the 3rd. His route running is damn near perfect and his hands and ability to stretch the field would be welcomed with open arms.
Round 6 – Myles Dorn S, North Carolina
Myles Dorn is a big hitting safety that loves to lay a pop. Add that to his great instincts and ability to be in the right spot at the right time and you got one hell of an intriguing prospect. He won’t wow you with his speed, which might be a turn off but he more than makes up for it with his ability to make plays. Dorn could be a guy that lines up at multiple spots on a defense making him extra attractive and could be a thumper on special teams.
Round 7 – AJ Green CB, Oklahoma St.
Don’t be surprised if the Vikings double dip at cornerback. Green has good size and athleticism and has shown he has a knack for the ball. Needs to beef up a bit so he can handle bigger receivers. Has the tools you would want in a project, if he could button up on his technique and build strength could be a nice depth move. Worst case he has the ability to be a very solid special teamer.
Round 7 – Brendon Hayes DT, UCF
With Everson Griffen’s contract and Linval Joseph not getting any younger, there is a chance that the Vikings could be looking at some significant changes along the defensive line. Brendon Hayes has good size and speed and could be a guy that could play multiple spots along the line, also has a knack for getting to the quarterback (7.5 sacks in 2019). Has the tools to be a good project, we have seen what the Vikings staff has done with late round defensive lineman, he could be a contributor before you know it.