NFL Draft 2022: Minnesota Vikings Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Minnesota Vikings Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Minnesota Vikings Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Minnesota Vikings draft analysis, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: Minnesota Vikings Draft Analysis

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2022 NFL Draft Analysis
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Minnesota Vikings Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

1 (32) S Lewis Cine, Georgia SEC
2 (42) CB Andrew Booth, Clemson ACC
2 (59) OG Ed Ingram, LSU SEC
4 (118) CB Akayleb Evans, Missouri SEC
5 (165) DE Esizi Otomewo, Minnesota Big Ten
5 (169) RB Ty Chandler, North Carolina ACC
6 (184) OT Vederian Lowe, Illinois Big Ten
6 (191) WR Jalen Nailor, Michigan State Big Ten
7 (227) TE Nick Muse, South Carolina SEC

Minnesota Vikings Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

God help the Vikings if Jameson Williams is a superstar. They traded with the Lions to move down, and while it brought a slew of picks, they allowed a division rival to get a high-powered receiving talent. That’s not a plus for a Minnesota team that needs defensive back help.

– S Lewis Cine is a keeper, but … Minnesota could’ve had Kyle Hamilton. It also could’ve brought in a superstar wide receiver to throw into the mix to dare other teams to stop the high-octane air show. However, Cine is a good, tone-setting pick, and getting CB Andrew Booth in the second round was a must.

– It’s all about the numbers. The Vikings went big on defense with the prime picks, and threw things against the wall late for the offense. Ty Chandler in the fifth round was a great grab for the likely No. 2 back right out of the gate. Even so, this was an okay draft, but there aren’t a slew of stars. The Vikings could’ve had a superstar if they didn’t trade down.

 

Minnesota Vikings Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 5 (169) RB Ty Chandler, North Carolina

Biggest Reach: 4 (118) CB Akayleb Evans, Missouri

Late Flier That Might Work: 6 (191) WR Jalen Nailor, Michigan State

Minnesota Vikings Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– Defensive back, defensive back, defensive back. The Viking offense should be solid, but the D needs more playmakers, especially in the secondary. They should have a good one slide on down to the 12, but don’t assume that it’s a done deal. There will be defensive backs at the 46 in the second round, too.

It’s a three player draft with the last pick the 77 in the third round. It would be nice to try packaging some of the three sixth-rounders and the fifth rounder to try moving up to get a fourth.

– The Vikings need to nail this draft. It’s still early, but the call of Kellen Mond over Davis Mills in the third round as a possible future quarterback isn’t looking great. There have been way, way, way too many misfires over the last several years.

So who’ll be there in the first round for Minnesota? Again, it’s a sweet spot for the corners at 12. Washington’s Trent McDuffie would be a great fit, it would be wonderful if LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. slid down a bit, and it wouldn’t be crazy to go with Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton if he fell that far.

Minnesota Vikings 2021 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

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