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Vikings Draft Scenario: Mock A+ Draft Night

 Scott Wessels / April 28th, 2022 / Staff Image

 Taking a look at how the NFL Draft could fall the way of the Minnesota Vikings tonight, if the other teams' general managers decided to let us have our favorite players, and players that will fill obvious needs and fit schemes.

  • First Round (Pick 12) - Kyle Hamilton (Safety, Notre Dame): This is becoming closer and closer to reality every day. Hamilton is rated as top-4 talent in this draft, yet a "slow" 40 time, plus other teams' needs for cornerbacks, edge rushers, and offensive tackles have pushed Hamilton down the draft board. Many draftniks have pegged Hamilton to the Vikings, which would be a HUGE GET for the purple & gold. With Xavier Woods gone, and Harrison Smith nearing the end, he would be a perfect fit. He would immediately slot in to cover other teams' receiving tight ends, and possibly fill in as a box linebacker in nickel situations.
  • Second Round (Pick 46) - Cameron Jurgens (Center-Guard, Nebraska): Second-best center in the draft after Tyler Linderbaum, but seems better equipped against bull rushers, something the Vikings lack with Bradbury.
  • Third Round (Pick 77) - Troy Anderson (Linebacker, Montana State): Originally slotted to be a 4th, maybe even a 5th round draft pick, Anderson has vaulted himself up the boards to the point the Vikings will be lucky he will be available at number 77. If he is, nab him. Will be a nice Will linebacker in short order, a contributor on special teams this year. Has coverage skills Minnesota lacks currently.
  • Fifth Round (Pick 156) - Cole Turner (Tight End, Nevada): First off, he's huge, 6' 6" and 250 lbs. While not a traditional blocking tight end, he's great at walling off defenders while utilizing his size. Loves going over the middle to compete for 50/50 balls, winning most of them. Nearly 30" vertical, and 4.76 second 40 yard dash. A nice replacement for Tyler Conklin.
  • Sixth Round (Pick 184) - Carson Strong (QB, Nevada): Turner's quarterback at Nevada, Carson Strong will probably get swept up into the run of QB picks in the draft that happens somewhere in the end of the 5th round. If he makes it to the 6th, wouldn't surprise me if the Vikes package a later pick to jump to the top of the round to snag him. Tall, but needs muscle. Given that he can sit behind Kirk Cousins for 2 years, he can bulk up on those and the playbook during that time.
  • Sixth Round (Pick 191) - Justin Shaffer (G, Georgia): Needing as many bodies as possible who can play the offensive guard position, Shaffer adds a big body: 6' 3", 315 lbs. Part of their national championship team. Not a great run-blocker, but excellent in pass protection, especially against bull rushers (notice a theme?).
  • Sixth Round (Pick 192) - Jermaine Waller (CB, Viginia Tech): Great corner in press coverage, and in the 6th round, that's worth a lot. 6' and again needs some work in the weight room. Tends to not be out of position, which is a huge plus.
  • Seventh Round (Pick 250) - Bo Melton (WR, Rutgers): Cut from the Tyreek Hill mold, Melton is fast (4.34 40 yd dash), small (5' 11", 189 lbs), and quick in a phone booth. As a plus, he also is great in special teams, specifically punt and kick returns. Should be good for yardage after the catch. Maybe even to be used as a scatback on 3rd downs in motion.