Vikings Draft Needs
It is still early in the DraftSeason, but one thing is clear, the Vikings have needs. While some of these needs could be addressed in the offseason with players resigning or new additions being made in free agency. As it stands now, here are the Vikings biggest 4 needs.
The struggle has been real at the guard position this year. While Josh Kline has been a solid addition, Pat Elflein has been a liability on the left side. Even with Josh Kline excelling on the right side, concussions have been an issue, add that along with his age, might not guarantee his return next year. Sure Elfein has had his moments where he shows he can be a good guard in the NFL, the weaker moments seem to outnumber the positive moments. They do have a young guy in Dru Samia that could possibly push for some playing time next year, but as of now he can’t seem to even be active for game day. Fully expect this position to be high on the wish list for the Vikings come April.
Viking Guards Under Contract for 2020: Josh Kline, Pat Elflein, Dakota Dozier, Dru Samia
Free Agent Guards: Brett Jones
Xavier Rhodes has taken a huge step backwards this year. Add that to the fact that Trae Waynes AND Mackenzie Alexander are both free agents this offseason, and you have one hell of a big need on your hands. While the Vikings have a few intriguing young guys in Mike Hughes and Holton Hill, something tells me Zimmer won’t want to put the future of this secondary in their hands just yet. Even if the Vikings are able to re-sign Waynes of Alexander, with the murky future of Rhodes and lack of depth you can bet your buttox this will be an area addressed in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft.
Viking Cornerbacks Under Contract for 2020: Xavier Rhodes, Mike Hughes, Holton Hill, Kris Boyd, Nate Meadors
Free Agent Cornerbacks: Trae Waynes, Mackenzie Alexander
The Vikings got one hell of a gift when they selected Brian O’Neill a few years ago, so the right side is covered. It is the ever more important left side the Vikings might be looking to improve upon come draft day. Riley Reiff has been a stable left tackle for the Vikings the past few years, yes he has had his weak moments, but I consider him average to maybe even a little above average. But his age and contract could make him a liability this offseason. In a draft class thick of bigmen, even a 1st round selection at the position isn’t out of the question.
Viking Offensive Tackles Under Contract for 2020: Riley Reiff, Brian O’Neill, Aviante Collins, Olisaemeka Udoh
Free Agent Offensive Tackles: Rashod Hill