Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Roundup 7.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Minnesota Vikings from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Vikings:
EDSFootball - Donahue (3/23)
14. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)
Nobody in the league had a lower pressure rate on opposing QBs last year than the Vikings. Defensive lineman, specifically edge rushers, at this point in the draft process have not distinguished themselves yet and may push each other down the draft boards as a result. Rousseau sat out last season, but he had 15.5 sacks in 2019 while lining up all over the defensive line showing his ability to get pressure not just from the edge which Minnesota desperately needs.
NFL.com - Brooks (3/23)
14. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The Vikings need to find a dominant edge rusher to pair with (or replace) Danielle Hunter and help Mike Zimmer generate more pressure at the point of attack.
The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/23)
14. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
The Vikings used their resources in free agency to address their needs on defense, signing defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and cornerback Patrick Peterson. Now it's time to turn their attention to the offense. The Vikings have needs at both guard and tackle, and it's not entirely clear which spot Vera-Tucker would play right away in Minnesota. But he'd have a good chance to be a day one starter. The Vikings care a lot about scheme fit and Vera-Tucker checks that box for the zone rushing system the Vikings employ. -- Chad Graff
ESPN - Kiper (3/22)
9. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
I like the fit here, particularly with Riley Reiff leaving in free agency. Sewell is an elite talent, and if this quarterback class wasn't so strong, he might be a lock for the top five. The Vikings have had offensive line issues for years, but Sewell would plug their hole on the left side. An elite O-line covers up roster flaws, and this is a step toward improving the entire offense. If Minnesota stays at No. 14 or does the opposite approach and trades down, keep an eye on safety. With Anthony Harris gone in free agency, there's a void there next to Harrison Smith.
CBS Sports - Wilson (3/22)
14. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Vikings have needs along the interior offensive line and Slater, who was dominant at left tackle during the 2019 season -- and he played right tackle the two seasons before that -- has the versatility to line up anywhere. In fact, his future may be inside at guard or even center.
PFF - Renner (3/22)
14. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
It's unclear what the plan is with tackle-turned-guard Ezra Cleveland going forward, but adding offensive tackles is never a bad thing. Darrisaw dominated a season ago, earning the highest grade in the Power 5.
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