The Minnesota Vikings Have Plenty of Ammo to Move into the Second Round
The Vikings were one of the biggest winners of the night in the NFL Draft. They made a trade, which at the time caused Mr. Joe Johnson to sweat on his couch, to return to No.23 in exchange for two third-round picks. The move turned out to be a genius as the Vikings were still able to land OT Christian Darrisaw, anyway. He’s the guy they would more than likely have taken at 14, given the drop in chips.
With this trade, the Vikings are now set to make an aggressive trade to enter the second round tonight. They currently have four (!!) third round picks as well as three fourth round picks. There is also a lot of talent to be had with guys like Trevon Moehrig, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Azeez Ojulari and Elijah Moore falling completely in the first round. That said, if the Vikings want to move on to round two (multiple reports say they do), where should they go and who should they target?
The draft position
Often times, teams shoot from the hip on days two and three in hopes of landing high potential leads. It’s a little different, however. The first half of this second round in particular, there will be a lot of guys who can make an immediate impact. The Vikings should try to find a way to position themselves somewhere in that 33-45 range. If they can do that, they should be guaranteed to get a quality perspective.
The player’s position
Vikings can go in a lot of different directions here. Obviously, a lot depends on where they actually hang out and who’s taken above them. Getting to No.33 removes that obstacle, but it would take at least three of their thirds and maybe more. Spielman might not think it’s worth it, especially given how well last night was going.
There are three perspectives here that make a lot of sense: Trevon Moerhig, Azeez Ojulari and Terrace Marshall Jr. Moehrig provides depth to a very slim safety position, Ojulari can become an immediate starter on the edge, and Marshall Jr. is a former LSU Teammate of Justin Jefferson and may be Adam Thielen’s future successor. Here’s a quick rundown of what each player would bring.
S Trevon Moehrig
Moehrig is a very physical defensive back with a nose for the ball. He’s the best security in this class, and it’s shocking how far he’s fallen. Moehrig has proven to be great when it comes to coverage, especially man-to-man. He intercepted seven assists during his time at TCU, so his ability to play is something teams should covet on day two.
EDGE Azeez Ojulari
Ojulari is a player many wondered if he would be the best peak player in this draft. He had one of the best college football seasons of 2020, racking up 9.5 sacks and 12.5 TFL for Georgia. Ojulari is a bit undersized at just under 250 pounds, but he’s got an explosive first step. Along with this speed, Ojulri has acceptable hand technique and has the ability to maneuver around tackles. Playing with Danielle Hunter, Michael Pierce and Dalvin Tomlinson, he should have plenty of opportunities. For a guy who won’t get the majority of the attention from the opposing O-lines, I prefer elite athleticism and speed over technique.
WR Terrace Marshall Jr.
Elijah Moore is a more talented receiver right now. Because of this, however, he would have to leave the board sooner, costing the Vikings more to go and find him. Marshall Jr. is talented in his own right and won’t be that expensive when it comes to the capital project. Not only that, as mentioned, he played two years with Justin Jefferson at LSU. The teams obviously went with former college teammates to this draft more than in other years. It may be a coincidence, but it could also be an attempt to help build team chemistry quickly. Marshall Jr. brings out the capabilities of a WR1, but he has had very few opportunities to showcase that talent. With Adam Thielen on the wrong side of 30, this could be an immediate choice for WR3 with the idea of him being Thielen’s successor.
The Vikings have many directions to follow. They approached the offensive line by choosing one of the best pass protectors in the draft. Along the way, they also found a way to pick up over 100 top picks. Spielman is playing with the house money at this point, and while they don’t trade in the second round, they essentially have a second round at No.66.