DRAFT PREVIEW: Pick 48 – Minnesota Vikings

The trade for Sam Bradford at the start of the 2016 season cost the Vikings their first round pick this year. What can they do with their second round option?

Pick: 48

2016 Record: 8-8

What went right in 2016? On one level, when you lose your franchise quarterback two weeks before the season starts, then anything is an improvement. And the 5-0 start to the season was mightily impressive. It was after then that it all went wrong, although Linval Joseph remained an absolute beast on the defensive line and Harrison Smith was still the king of safeties.

And what went wrong? The offensive line was, frankly, hopeless. Losing Adrian Peterson for most of the season so soon after Teddy Bridgewater‘s injury wasn’t ideal, but the games he did play showed that even he would’ve struggled to gain yardage. 

What do they need? Offensive Line, Running Back, Defensive Line

Who will they pick? This isn’t a deep draft for offensive linemen, but there will be one or two out there, such as Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton or, assuming that they are willing to gamble on a small school player, Julie’n Davenport of Bucknell. That said, if Joe Mixon falls this far, the controversial Oklahoma running back is not someone they can afford to pass on.

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Richard O'Hagan
Writer on such diverse topics as sport, music, theatre, law and politics. Author of 'Eddie the Sheep'. Supporter of underachieving teams, including the Chicago Bears from before that brief, heady, period in the mid-1980s when they were actually any good. All I want for Christmas is a Jim McMahon away shirt.
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