2019 Draft Needs Tracker: Minnesota Vikings

With the draft looming a few short weeks away, teams are busy figuring out who can make their teams better. Here’s my take on what your team needs to do in the draft to take the next step.

NFC North:Minnesota Vikings

Picks
1st Round: 18
2nd Round: 50
3rd Round: 82

Before the 2018 season, I wasn’t exactly silent about not liking the Kirk Cousins deal. The Vikings thought they could plug in a (nominally) better QB and simply punch their ticket to the Super Bowl. It’s a shame, too, because had they diverted those resources to other parts of the roster, they might well have made it. Especially if they had gone all in on protecting Case Keenum, who has shown to be a completely different passer entirely when he’s under pressure. The problems along the Minnesota offensive line are myriad, and they will need to address them in the draft, as they have less cap space than almost any team in the league. I think a road grading center would be their first priority, but they need help all over that line, so it might just be the best athlete, or a more versatile offensive guard that gets the call to wear purple. Minnesota should still be a good defense, all things considered, but if Anthony Barr leaves in free agency, they’ll need to fill that massive hole at linebacker. Last year was a bit of a drop off from the excitement of their 2017 campaign, and my guess is that Minnesota will be back in the mix with a few new pieces.

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