2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Minnesota Vikings draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Minnesota Vikings 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– Christian Darrisaw might not be Penei Sewell, but he’s right there with Rashawn Slater as one of the top offensive tackles – and the Vikings were able to get terrific value at the 23 for the need pick. They had to get a tackle, done. They also had to get a guard, and they got a potential steal in Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis, a third-rounder who can blast away.
– They’re going to love Pitt DE Patrick Jones if they can figure out how to use him in the rotation, and landing teammate Jaylen Twyman in the sixth round was a shot-for-the stars steal at tackle. These two aren’t perfect prospects – it’s why they slid – but they were hugely productive in college at getting behind the line.
– Kellen Mond is a massive projection. He’s got the experience and he has the tools, but he was never able to rip it under Jimbo Fisher in the Texas A&M offense. While he’s a relatively safe pick, Stanford’s Davis Mills – who went with the next pick to Houston – would’ve been the chance at greatness.
Best Value Pick: LB Chazz Surratt, North Carolina, 3rd round, 78th overall
Biggest Reach: RB Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State, 4th round, 119th round
Late Flier That Could Work: DT Jaylen Twyman, Pitt, 6th round, 199th overall
Minnesota Vikings 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (23) OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
3 (66) QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
3 (78) LB Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
3 (86) OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
3 (90) EDGE Patrick Jones, Pitt
4 (119) RB Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State
4 (125) CB Camryn Bynum, Cal
4 (134) DE Janarius Robinson, Florida State
5 (157) WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa
5 (168) TE Zach Davison, Central Missouri
6 (199) DT Jaylen Twyman, Pitt
Minnesota Vikings 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
The Vikings were able to get a little something out of just about everyone it picked up before the sixth round last year – and they had 15 picks overall. Of course, the rise of Justin Jefferson as the next superstar wide receiver made the draft – getting him with amazing value at the 22 – but …
There’s only one pick in the top 78 this year. None of the last five late round picks in 2020 did anything, so to learn from that … trade up. They have four fourth round picks and two in the third. Throw in the two fifths and the sixth – even if it’s the mythical 199 (Tom Brady) slot – and there should be a way to work into the second round somehow.
On the other side, if one of the top quarterbacks slides, Minnesota could trade down and get that second rounder somehow.
There should be strong value for what the Vikings need at the 14. They might not get the top offensive tackle – again, they can package something to move up – but there will be a few available to choose from.
Minnesota Vikings 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
1 CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
2 OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
3 CB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
4 DE DJ Wonnum, South Carolina
4 DE James Lynch, Baylor
4 LB Troy Dye, Oregon
5 CB Harrison Hand, Temple
5 WR KJ Osborn, Miami
6 OT Blake Brandel, Oregon State
6 S Josh Metellus, Michigan
7 DE Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
7 QB Nate Stanley, Iowa
7 S Brian Cole, Mississippi State
7 OG Kyle Hinton, Washburn
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