The Minnesota Vikings could not replicate their success from the 2019 season this past season. The Vikings finished the season with a record of 7-9 and in third place in the NFC North.
The Vikings’ issues were not on the offensive side of the ball, instead it was the defense that plagued them. Minny’s defense allowed 258.8 passing yards per game, which was good for 28th in the league. They also had trouble on the ground, giving up 134.4 rushing yards per game and 19 touchdowns. The Vikings have the 14th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, where they can address multiple spots on the defense.
Minnesota Vikings 2021 Draft Picks
Round 1: No. 23, OT Christian Darrisaw
Round 3: No. 66, Kellen Mond; No. 78, LB Chazz Surratt; No. 86, G Wyatt Davis; No. 90, DE Patrick Jones
Round 4: No. 119, RB Kene Nwangwu; No. 125, CB Camryn Bynum
Round 5: No. 157, WR Ihmire Smith-Marsette; No. 168, TE Zach Davidson
Round 6: No. 199, DT Jaylen Twyman
Offense: Left Tackle, Left Guard, Tight End
The Minnesota Vikings spent their one of their two first rounds pick last season on Justin Jefferson, which was a tremendous selection. Jefferson became one of the best rookies in the league, recording 88 receptions for 1400 yards and seven touchdowns. The Vikes will be trying to find another star on offense, specifically on the offensive line.
Defense: Defensive End, Linebacker, Cornerback
The Vikings could use their first round selection to upgrade any level of their defense. Last season, they drafted two rookie cornerbacks, who were under fire on a weekly basis. Minny could also use their pick on the defensive line as they need to find another pass rusher to play opposite of Danielle Hunter. The linebacker spot is not in bad shape with Anthony Barr and Erik Kendricks as starters.
Dream first pick
The Vikings decide to wait until Day 2 to address the defense and use their first round pick on the offensive line. Minny would love to get Christian Darrisaw, but he might be off the board before then. Therefore, the Vikes go grab Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern.