Minnesota Vikings 2017 Draft Review

2nd/41 Dalvin Cook, RB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 210 School: Florida State

Rick Speilman pulled off the first of him many draft day trades as Minnesota traded their 2nd and fourth to move up and select RB Dalvin Cook at pick #41. As Cook began to fall on day two Speilman made the move up and snagged Cook to be the Viking’s heir apparent to Adrian Peterson. In Cook the Vikings have a back with homerun ability every time he touches the ball. Despite some off-field issues and some sub-par testing numbers the Vikings came away with a huge steal as Cook was seen by many as a first round lock.

 

3rd/70 Pat Elflein, C

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 30 School: Ohio State

Looking to improve the interior of their offensive line the Vikings again traded up to grab Elflein the top rated center in this year’s class. Experienced (40 starts) and versatile (lined up at center and both guard positions) and possessing an edginess the Vikings lacked last year Elflein has plug and play ability and should be a day one starter on what the Vikings hope will be a much improved offensive line.

 

4th/109 Jaleel Johnson, DT

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 316 School: Iowa

With the future of defensive tackle Shariff Floyd in the air the Vikings selected the former Hawkeye Jaleel Johnson with their first of many day three selections. Johnson was widely inconsistent at Iowa, he showed some moments of dominance but was prone to disappearing for long stretches as well. The talent is there but some serious coaching will be needed to tap Johnson’s potential.

 

4th/120 Ben Gedeon, LB

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 244 School: Michigan

In need of adding some depth to their line backing corps the Vikings made a massive reach in selecting Gedeon. Only a one-year starter at middle linebacker for Michigan, Gedeon’s struggles in coverage are very apparent on film as his limited athleticism. A four-year special teamer at Ann Arbor Gedeon will likely fill the same role in Minnesota.

 

5th/170 Rodney Adams, WR

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 189 School: South Florida

The selection of Adams was a curious one at best. The former South Florida Bull wideout has some intriguing speed and return ability but is far from a finished product. His best bet for making the team this upcoming season will be as a replacement for former Pro Bowl kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson who was allowed to leave in free agency.

 

5/180 Danny Isidora, G

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 306 School: Miami

The Vikings continued to improve their offensive line by selecting Isidora with another experienced and edgy lineman. While Isidora will need some work on his technique and pad level he is a gritty run blocker with sneaky athleticism. The former Hurricane could see himself in the starting lineup with a strong showing in camp this summer.

 

6th/201 Bucky Hodges, TE

Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 257 School: Virginia Tech

Despite having Kyle Rudolph entrenched as their starting tight end the Vikings entered the draft in need of building up some depth at the position. In adding Hodges the Vikings potentially added a dangerous weapon thanks to his excellent size and athleticism. The major knock on Hodges is his almost non-existent blocking ability.

 

7th/219 Stacy Coley, WR

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 195 School: Miami

The Vikings continued to try and bolster their passing attack with the selection of the talent former Hurricane. A versatile receiver capable of lining up outside and in the slot Coley has big play potential and has a knack for making circus like catches. Injury concerns and issues about his love of the game contributed to the talented former “Cane” to fall.

 

7th/220 Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 258 School: Northwestern

With their second pick in the seventh round the Vikings selected a project pass rusher in Odenigbo. The former Wildcat showed a knack for getting after the passer as he racked up 25 career sacks during his time at Northwestern despite starting only a handful of games. He will need to bulk up and get stronger against the run but the long term potential is there.

 

7th/232 Elijah Lee, LB

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 229 School: Kansas State

The Vikings continued their busy seventh round by selecting outside LB Elijah Lee, a player who surprised many pundits by still being available this late in the draft. An athletic run and tackle linebacker Lee also possesses good coverage skills. Lee should be an immediate special teams contributor but do not be shocked if he emerges from camp as the team’s third starting linebacker.

 

7th/245 Jack Tocho, CB

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 202 School: North Carolina State

To round out their draft the Vikings selected the former N.C. State cornerback Jack Tocho to add some depth to their defensive secondary. Tocho is a physical corner with pretty good ball skills and is willing in run support. His overall speed is his major flaw but Tocho could make the roster as a special teamer and fifth cornerback.

 

Best Pick

Cook (second round)

 

Upside Pick

Hodges (sixth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

The Vikings definitely upgraded some of their biggest needs with Dalvin Cook and Pat Elflein who project as day one starters while both Lee and Hodges can play key roles. They hit home runs with their first two picks and got some great value picks late but the questionable picks of Johnson and Gedeon could prove to be costly mistakes.

Grad: B

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