My Seven Round Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft
If I was in Rick Spielmans shoes, here is who I would take in all seven rounds.
Draft day is a blast. I always sit in front of my TV and try to guess who’s going to take who, usually I am wrong. With that being said, here is my seven round Minnesota Vikings mock draft.
14. Offensive Tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC: Big and physical mauler in the trenches that would be hard to pass on. Vera-Tucker can play both guard and tackle, his versatility makes him an immediate plug and play guy. Would be super excited if the Vikings drafted this monster.
Vera-Tucker was a captain, first team all Pac-12, second team all Pac 12, and won the Morris Trophy in his Trojan career. Offensive line is a huge need for the Vikings and unless Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater are sitting at 14, then Vera-Tucker is the best fit.
78. Defensive Tackle Jaylen Twyman, Pittsburgh: Quick backstory. I once met Twyman at the Walter Camp dinner in New Haven and he is as big as advertised. Twyman took this season off due to Covid-19 and has been working his tail off.
Adding Twyman to the defensive line would make for a nice rotation between him, Lynch, and Watts. Twyman could play right away as a three tech on first and second down and a nose tackle on passing downs. Super quick and explosive, would love to see Twyman making tackles in purple and gold.
90. Safety Andre Cisco, Syracuse: The safety position will be vacant in a few years with Anthony Harris hitting the market and Harrison Smith getting older so it’s time to start addressing the needs at this position.
Andre Cisco is an awesome player and proved that he can plug and play. As a freshman for Syracuse, he started 11 of the Orange 13 games and was named ACC Rookie of the Year. He is two time All ACC and plays fast and physical.
119. Guard Ben Cleveland, Georgia: A burley and physical run blocker that would add immediate depth to the Vikings offensive line. Cleveland is 6’6, 335 pounds and could play either left or right guard.
This past season was the first one in which Cleveland was a full time starter for the Bulldogs and he was named as an All American. No doubt this guy is talented, he just needs to develop a little more before he becomes a starter.
125. Cornerback Paulson Adebo, Stanford: It appears that the Vikings will not bring Mike Hughes back next season and the two starting corners, Dantzler and Gladney, are still very young. Adding depth with Adebo would be huge.
Adebo has the ability to play in the slot and would hold his own on the outside. Another guy that just needs to develop and working with Coach Zimmer, who is defensive minded, could become a big time player for the Vikings.
134. Defensive End Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame: A lot of “professionals” have the Vikings going edge rusher with the 14th pick but, if they can wait to land Hayes, then they get a super talented guy who is extremely strong but is behind the top rated guys in his defense against the run.
The Vikings have lucked out when drafting players from Notre Dame like Kyle Rudolph and the Hitman. I would love to see Hayes on the opposite side of Hunter next year.
143. Wide Receiver Tamorrion Terry, Florida State: Getting deeper at the receiver position should be a priority in the later rounds. Terry is a big target standing at 6’4 and could be the immediate number three. He was great at Florida State and could hopefully translate that to the Vikings.
158. Quarterback Shane Buechele, SMU: Back up quarterback may not seem like a big deal but, if you look at squads like the Raiders and Dolphins, they had reliable guys behind their starters that can step in and be efficient. Beuchele could be a solid backup but, hopefully we won’t need him.
172. Tight End Nick Eubanks, Michigan: The Vikings have Irv Smith Jr. and Tyler Conklin as their tight ends now but, adding a third guy at this position wouldn’t hurt. Eubanks is 6’5, 260 pounds and could be a threat around the goal line.
201. Linebacker Tuf Borland, Ohio State: I mean come on, he has a great name. All kidding aside, Borland is a solid player that is a little undersized but would fit well as a special teams player and a third down linebacker.
222. Fullback Ben Mason, Michigan: Oh baby I would love this pick. Mason is a jack of all trades. He can play fullback if C.J Ham is out, can be a power running back, play tight end, and if needed, he could play defensive tackle. I would 110% buy a purple Ben Mason jersey.
240. Defensive Tackle Lorenzo Neal, Purdue: Neal is a good player but, hasn’t been 100% since injuring his knee in 2019. That injury hurt his draft stock but, if he can make it back to 100%, he’ll be a terror on the field and a 7th round steal.
Well, now that I have written this, the Vikings won’t draft any of these guys and I’ll be left disappointed until training camp. #SKOL