The Detroit Lions have the highest selection of NFC North teams in the draft and the team that comes up next in the draft order is the Minnesota Vikings, who currently owns the 12th pick in the draft.
The Vikings hit a hard reset button this off-season, making changes to both the general manager and head coach. One thing they haven’t changed, though, is their fourth box. Kirk Business actually received another extension, ensuring that he would play at least two more seasons in Minnesota.
But before the Vikings’ new GM has a chance to fix the team that hasn’t made it to the Super Bowl since 1976, we’re giving POD observer Keith Wish the keys to the franchise. Here’s a look at the board in front of the cadwesh.
The POD Community Mock Draft Still Selects:
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Ethan Hutchinson, ADGE, Michigan
- Detroit Lines: Tyrone Walker, Edge, Georgia
- Houston Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
- New York Jets: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
- New York Giants: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
- Carolina Panthers: Eskim Ekuno, OT, NC State
- New York Giants: Ahmed Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
- Atlanta Falcons: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
- Seattle Seahawks: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
- New York Jets: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
- Washington Commander: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
With the 12th pick in the POD Community Mock, the Minnesota Vikings selected Trent McDuffie, a cornerback from Washington.
Here is a cadwesh with clarity:
I tried to look at Kosi Ekofu-Mensah’s comments on “Competitive Rebuild” – building for the future while bringing players into the race for the moment. Vikings have the greatest needs:
- CB – Although Patrick Patterson has just re-signed, he has served better in transitioning to safety or being a rotational CB at this point of his career. This D-Cameron Dantzler is just as positioned to be the true starter to them.
- LB – While Eric Kendricks brings the Pro Bowl game to the Vikings’ LB Corps, the rest of the group is thinner with the departure of Nick Vogel and Anthony Barr is still undrafted.
- C – Vikings fans are not impressed with their entry into the offensive line. Although their young guards are improving, Garrett Bradbury – the first-round center of 2019 from NC State – is safely called Best.
I narrowed down my selection to the best players at those positions: Mac Duffy, Dwayne Lloyd (LB, Utah), and Tyler Linderbaum (C, Iowa). In this LB class, the drop off from top talent to second grade doesn’t seem very high, so a starting LB could possibly be at 46 or 77. Which caused me to burst between Mac Duffy and Lindbergh. McDuffie is a plug and play starter at a high price position. Linderbaum is considered to be one of the best center prospects in years. They are both slightly below ideal size, but also excellent technical players.
The deciding factor was needed. In 2021, the Vikings had a top-15 offense and an under-10 defense. What’s more, their passing defense allowed for the most reception in the NFL and the WR position for most yards. They desperately need CB.
McDuffie immediately updates the Vikings’ defense. Although only average size, he plays big and aggressive. He is versatile in coverage, which will allow him to adjust as he needs to at all secondary. He is fast, fearless and competitive. With a high floor, high ceiling possibility, he is a safe bet for Adofo-Mensah’s first choice Vikings GM.
Ideas for Eric:
I think CadeWash is a smart choice here as this projection is a good combination of the value it needs, and MacDuffy is certainly talented enough to warrant selection at this point. I also agree that Patrick Patterson is not the answer at the corner and this is a team that could use a knockout corner in front of Cameron Danzler.
Lindbergh was also on my mind here, but 12 seems a bit rich for a center, though he is likely to be one of the better centers since Frank Ragno.
The sleeping pick for this place will be Jermaine Johnson of Florida State. The Vikings have initially invested in Danielle Hunter and Za Darius Smith, but Hunter has only been signed by 2023, and Smith’s contract will be much higher in 2024, with ease over 2023. That means Johnson could be a high-value rotation option – that is, a John Lewis third – and finally a starting down the road.
You can follow along with every choice + grade in our Community Mock Draft Tracker.