ESPN draft person Todd McShay has a bit of a wrinkle for the Vikings in his latest mock draft (it is behind the paywall, so you won’t be equipped to see it except you subscribe). With most anyone expecting (and a great deal of Vikings supporters pleading) to just take an offensive lineman, he tasks that Minnesota does one thing else solely:
18. Minnesota Vikings
Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi St
With the leading three offensive linemen off the board — reaching for Ole Miss’ Greg Tiny is a likelihood but uncertain — Minnesota turns to defensive end here and grabs Sweat. Even nevertheless the Vikings have Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen (who is 31) off the edge, you can under no circumstances have adequate go-rushers. Sweat amazed at the Senior Bowl and has some wonderful takeoff quickness.
Yeah, so this may well be the position the place pitchforks and torches arrive out at the draft get together, but let us search at a couple factors prior to we burn off Minneapolis to the floor. McShay tasks that the leading three offensive linemen are already off the board, and that changes factors for me. Correct now he has T Jonah Williams (Alabama) to Tampa Bay at 5, T Jawaan Taylor (Florida) to Buffalo at 9, and T Cody Ford (Oklahoma) likely 11th to Cincinnati. That would be the 2nd calendar year in a row the Bengals nab an o-lineman the Vikings are wanting at (final calendar year they drafted Billy Price), and it would irritate me more than Skyline Chili irritates my insides.
So, that stated, Sweat is not a undesirable participate in here. McShay is ideal in that you cannot have too numerous defensive ends, and with Everson Griffen’s foreseeable future a bit murky, Sweat can arrive in and press for a beginning occupation from Stephen Weatherly. At a minimal, you’d count on him to be a solid person in the d-line rotation, and McShay tasks no other offensive linemen to go in the to start with round.
If the draft board unfolds this way, and the Vikings are centered on one particular of Williams, Taylor, or Ford, a trade down seems like a practical choice as nicely. If they stay at 18 nevertheless, here are some other possibilities nonetheless on McShay’s board the Vikes could also think about.
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa: McShay tasks him 19th to Tennessee. Like Griffen, Kyle Rudolph has a huge contract range that most individuals count on to get re-worked. If it is not, and the worst situation circumstance of Rudolph getting released materializes, Hockenson would be a fantastic decide, even though a bit astonishing. A great deal of individuals feel he’s the finest TE in the course, and is nearly as fantastic a operate blocker as he is at catching passes.
Devin Bush, LB, Mich[That Team Up North]an: Barr’s contract status is even more in flux than Rudolph and Griffen. He’s set to grow to be an unrestricted totally free agent, and except Barr and the Vikings can arrive to phrases, I feel he walks. About The Cap has projected the franchise tag range for 2019 at in excess of $15 million for a linebacker, which is a huge offer. If Minnesota tagged Barr, that would hurt the Vikes in phrases of having cap house for probable totally free agents, no matter of what contracts they re-perform or gamers they release.
All in all, it could be worse. I’d desire an offensive linemen, as I feel most supporters would, but reaching for a person at 18 just to get one particular although passing in excess of a superior participant at a distinct placement is not a sensible method. In this circumstance, Sweat seems like a fantastic decide here.