The Vikings had a fantastic 2017 that came to a disappointing end with a 38-7 loss to the eventual champion Philadelphia. Now they look to build on that success and go all in for their own super bowl victory. They added quarterback Kirk Cousins to lead their offense and with a strong draft they would be in a prime position to make a legitimate run. While there were certainly some good picks made that can help them in the quest for the franchises first title, the class was very mediocre overall. Here is my Minnesota Vikings 2018 NFL Draft Review.
Minnesota Vikings 2018 NFL Draft Review
1st Round – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Hughes is a good athlete with legitimate man to man cover skills. He’s not the biggest, but he plays aggressively and can go toe to toe with anyone. He also brings big play return ability on kickoffs and punts.It’s an already crowded Vikings defense, so getting on the field won’t be easy, but Hughes has the talent to make an impact right away.
2nd Round – Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
O’Neill had some good moments in college, but he had bad moments too. He’s got the athletic ability to develop into a quality player down the line and may get a chance to start this season. However, I don’t believe he’s ready to play in the NFL. If he’s forced into action then I expect he’ll have plenty of growing pains.
4th Round – Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State
Holmes has shown flashes with his tools, but I’ve found him pretty underwhelming as a prospect overall. Perhaps with an NFL coaching staff working with him he can develop further and be a rotational part of the Vikings pass rush.
5th Round – Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan
Conklin is a little undersized, but he has a talent for catching the ball. He has good movement skills and can be used as a big slot. I’m not convinced he’ll be able to consistently create separation at the NFL level, but CMU has done a nice job as a small school, in preparing their players for the next level.
5th Round – Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn
The Vikings needed a kicker and they drafted one here in the fifth round. While this is too early for me it fills a need an he will have a legitimate shot to win the starting job.
6th Round – Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State
Gossett is a powerful guard who I believe can be developed into a future starter. He moves fairly well and with some technical improvement can step in and improve the Vikings offensive line in a year or two.
6th Round – Ade Aruna, DE, Tulane
Aruna is a good athlete who has the tools to be disruptive at the next level. He lacks great bend and technique, but he can definitely carve out a role for himself as part of a rotation.
7th Round – Devante Downs, LB, California
Downs is a big physical middle linebacker who could stick with the team. He is coming off a knee injury, so he’ll have to prove he’s the same player he was before the injury, but he has upside to work with.
Overall Grade – C+
Best Pick – Colby Gossett
Biggest Reach – Daniel Carlson