We’ve still got about seven hours or so of waiting ahead of us before Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft gets underway in Nashville, but that means there’s plenty of time to check out what draft experts are expecting the Vikings to do during tonight’s festivities.
We’ve grabbed a bunch of second-round mock draft projections. . .and third-round, for the sites that went out that far. . .to give us a look at what they expect the Minnesota Vikings to do once the clock starts rolling this evening. Let’s take a look at what they’ve got, shall we?
Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama
No commentary from Dan on this pick, but I don’t know if this would be a precursor to any sort of Kyle Rudolph deal or not.
Steve Muench, E$PN: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
Dalvin Cook fantasy owners will likely hate this pick, but the Vikings need to add depth behind him. Sanders is a good value at this point.
Sanders is a nice player and all, but I don’t think the Vikings are going running back in the second round. At least, I hope they’re not.
Steven Ruiz, For the Win (USA Today): Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois
Even after taking a center in Round 1, the Vikings need to continue to invest in the offensive line. Offensive tackle is the team’s most pressing need.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Vikings double-up on the offensive line, to be honest.
Walter Cherepinsky, Walter Football: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech, and Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
Everson Griffen has mental issues that could resurface, so the Vikings may opt to pursue a defensive end in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jaylon Ferguson had an excellent Senior Bowl, proving that he could compete with the power-five prospects. However, he was not able to participate at the combine because of an off-the-field problem that surfaced recently, which is why he has fallen.
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The Vikings have done a ton of work on the tight ends in this draft class, which makes sense because Kyle Rudolph is entering his contract year.
I want to make clear that the commentary, particularly the “mental issues” bit, comes from WF, not from me. But these would be a solid couple of picks, I think.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
The Vikings will be thrilled to get this athlete in the middle of their defensive line after landing Garrett Bradbury to anchor their offensive line.
DraftTek: Zach Allen, DT, Boston College, and Ben Banogu, DE, Texas Christian
No commentary on these selections, but I don’t know if the Vikings would take two defensive linemen unless they moved down and got extra picks first.
R.J. White, CBS Sports: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
It’s easy to like Risner’s game, and his versatility should make him a fit anywhere on the line. The Vikings need to add multiple starting-caliber O-linemen in this draft, so even after taking Garrett Bradbury in Round 1 they go back to the well here.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Dalton Knox, TE, Mississippi, and Trysten Hill, DT, Central Florida
No commentary, but again I don’t know if the selection of a tight end would be an indicator of a Kyle Rudolph trade. Hill would be an intriguing prospect at DT, too.
Conor Orr, Sports Illustrated: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington, and Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
Mike Zimmer loves him some cornerbacks. It’s too hard to pass Murphy up here after massaging the offensive line in Round 1.
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After losing Latavius Murray, the Vikings need some quality depth behind Dalvin Cook (especially considering how badly Mike Zimmer wants to run the ball).
I do think the third round would be a better spot to take a running back, and you know that Mike Zimmer wants to scratch that cornerback itch, particularly after only one corner went in Round 1.
That’s a look at a handful of second and third-round projections, folks. Are there any that you’re particularly fond of?