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Eight Vikings Draft Predictions

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It’s time for the NFL Draft and here are some predictions for the Vikings over the next three days:

Cody Ford, Jawaan Taylor and Andre Dillard Are Taken Ahead of the Vikings

Jawaan Taylor going ahead of the Vikings isn’t much of a surprise, and Dillard wouldn’t be a big surprise either. But there are a couple teams ahead of the Vikings that reportedly really like Cody Ford, so don’t be surprised if he’s taken too when the Vikings get on the clock at #18.

The Vikings Don’t Take Garrett Bradbury at #18

Bradbury (and Cody Ford) have been mocked to the Vikings the most, especially recently. But the Vikings haven’t met with Bradbury in the pre-draft process, and replacing Pat Elflein at center isn’t as high on their list as perhaps it should be. If they go offensive line at #18, they could go with Jonah Williams, Dalton Risner, or perhaps even Chris Lindstrom.

Trade Down Possible, But Not Likely

I suspect if the draft plays out as above, the Vikings wouldn’t mind trading down a few spots to get an extra pick. But there may not be a trading partner willing to give enough to make it worthwhile for the Vikings.

Trae Waynes is Traded for a High Second Round Pick or Equivalent

There hasn’t been any news on a potential Trae Waynes trade for draft pick(s) since it was first reported during the Owners Meeting last month. Holton Hill being suspended for four games, given Mike Hughes’ ACL, may throw a wet blanket on that idea, but it’s not out of the question for Waynes to be dealt this weekend either, especially with Hughes ahead of schedule in his recovery/rehab.

Kansas City had been a rumored landing place for Waynes, but since the deal for Frank Clark, the Chiefs suddenly don’t have so much draft capital to spend. They still have two 2nd round picks, one of which they got for Marcus Peters, and both of those could secure a trade. The Chiefs need a starting CB very badly and are unlikely to get one at #61. Or #63. But they could get an immediate starter in Waynes that fits their scheme, is experienced, and could secure a starting job for several years. Chiefs are clearly in win now mode and need to upgrade their defense to get to the next level.

There may be some other interested parties as well - 49ers and Raiders potentially.

And there is this little tidbit from Rick Spielman too:

The Vikings Draft Three Offensive Linemen

Obviously the Vikings’ biggest need is at offensive line, and they don’t neglect it this time - picking an offensive lineman each day of the draft.

The Vikings End Up With at Least 10 Draft Picks

It’s well known Spielman likes to have 10 draft picks, and between trading Trae Waynes and other draft moves, he’ll end up with at least that many.

The Vikings Will Draft a TE, a RB, and a WR

The running back will most likely be Devine Ozigbo, the preference on tight end is Jace Sternberger (not sure they’ll land him or not), and I’ll go out on a limb and say they’ll draft Jalen Hurd as well.

There Could Be Movement With Other Players Too

Most likely Laquon Treadwell could be dealt for minimal compensation or as part of some other deal.

Your Predictions ?

Let us know what you think will happen with the Vikings this draft weekend!