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Minnesota Vikings draft review

Minnesota Vikings draft review

1 (18). Garrett Bradbury, C: 6-3, 306, N.C. St.

2 (50). Irv Smith Jr., TE: 6-2, 242, Alabama

3 (102). Alexander Mattison, RB: 5-11, 221, Boise St.

4 (114). Dru Samia, G: 6-5, 305, Oklahoma

5 (162). Cameron Smith, LB: 6-2, 238, USC

6 (190). Armon Watts, DT: 6-5, 300, Arkansas

6 (191). Marcus Epps, S: 6-0, 191, Wyoming

6 (193). Olisaemeka Udoh, OT: 6-6, 323, Elon

7 (217). Kris Boyd, CB: 6-0, 201, Texas

7 (239). Dillon Mitchell, WR: 6-1, 197, Oregon

7 (247). Olabisi Johnson, WR: 6-1, 204, Colorado St.

7 (250). Austin Cutting, LS: 6-3, 245, Air Force

Grade: B+
Minnesota got some quality at the top before using several trade-downs to maximize quality later on. Bradbury and Samia could both start as rookies, and Smith could rotate in this year before taking over as the starter when tight end Kyle Rudolph’s contract expires next spring. The Vikings also added a developmental offensive tackle and some depth in the secondary.

Best pick: Bradbury could fit both categories here, as he is both an excellent pick and a high-upside one. He fits perfectly in Minnesota’s outside-zone-heavy scheme and should plug in immediately. Often compared to Ryan Kalil or Jason Kelce, he should be a Pro Bowler once he adds a little strength.

Upside pick: Udoh is extremely raw and won’t contribute for some time, as he makes the transition from tiny Elon. But his traits are rare, and he moves extremely well for his size. Recent history has shown small schools can produce great pass protectors (like Terron Armstead), and Udoh could be next.

–Field Level Media

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