The Minnesota Vikings head into the 2021 NFL Draft with 11 picks at their disposal, which is the most of any team in the league. Their first pick of the day is just outside the top 10, with the 14th overall selection. They don’t seem to be involved at the QB sweepstakes at the top of the board, so it’s unlikely they’ll move up very much in the first round.
One of the bigger issues the Vikings will probably look to address earlier in the draft is its pass rush, particularly on the edge. They’ll also need to sure up the offensive line with O tackles as their line struggled to protect Kirk Cousins last season.
They could use the vast number of picks in their arsenal to move up and grab value later in the draft too. The Vikings have some big depth needs to fill at wide receiver. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are great one and two options, but they need a solid third pass-catcher on the field.
Minnesota Vikings 2021 Draft selections
No. 23 (via NYJ): Christian Darrisaw, OL
No. 66 (via NYJ): Kellen Mond, QB
No. 78: Chazz Surratt, LB
No. 86 (via NYJ): Wyatt Davis, G
No. 90: Patrick Jones, DE
No. 118: Kene Nwangwu, RB
No. 125: Camryn Bynum, CB
No. 134: Janarius Robinson, DE
No. 157: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR
No. 168: Zach Davidson, TE
No. 199: Jaylen Twyman, DT
Fantasy football impact
Mond isn’t going to be a starting quarterback in the league anytime soon, but he has the physical traits to be an offensive spark plug early on. His accuracy and composure in the pocket going through his reads is a work in progress, but if he gets a chance, he’ll be able to put up fantasy points on the ground and on broken plays.
Nwangwu has speed and can be useful as a return man. His instincts don’t appear to show a natural runner, but he could improve, as he was just a part-time player in college. There is no fantasy upside at this point though.