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Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft Breakdown

Is the NFC North title heading to Minnesota in 2019?
This entry is part 19 of 32 in the series 2019 NFL Draft Breakdown

The Minnesota Vikings have all the right players on paper to push for an NFC North title, they just cannot put it together on the field.

Can they draft well enough to improve on 2019?

Players Drafted

PlayersPickPositionSchool
Garrett Bradbury18CNC State
Irv Smith50TEAlabama
Alexander Mattison102RBBoise State
Dru Samia114OGOklahoma
Cameron Smith162LBUSC
Armon Watts190DTArkansas
Marcus Epps191SWyoming
Oli Udoh193OTElon
Kris Boyd217CBTexas
Dillion Mitchell239WROregon
Olabisi Johnson247WRColorado State
Austin Cutting250LSAir Force

Notable UDFA

PlayerPos.School
Davion DavisWRSam Houston State
Jake BrowningQBVikings
Kris BoydCBTexas
Micah Prince AbernathyCBTennessee
John KeenoyOLWestern Michigan

TEAM 2019 Outlook

Offense

The Vikings used their first four draft picks to add players on the offensive side of the ball and what a great group they picked.

NC State Centre Garrett Bradbury is easily the best Centre in college football. Bradbury is an exceptional talent with great size and presence at the line. He plays with leverage, great positioning, and excellent foot speed. He knows how to hold up an opponent or push him away and move on to the next defender. He has great lateral movement and is light on his feet for a big man.

The acquisition of Alabama TE Irv Smith was a master class. He will be the replacement for Kyle Rudolph, should they choose to not extend his contract beyond the 2019 season. Smith possesses solid speed, smooth route runner and has incredible vision to find the ball in the air. He has experience with a diverse rushing attack. He is a strong blocker and uses his hands well to create leverage.

The unpredictable-ness of RB Dalvin Cook, 15 games in two seasons, prompted the Vikings to draft Boise State RB Alexander Mattison with the 102nd overall pick. He ran 302 times for 1415 yards and 17 touchdowns in his final college season. Some of the cutbacks and change of direction you see on tape are incredible and prove he is ready for the big time. He is used to a heavy workload, has functional speed and a great turn of pace. Mattison is the perfect player to sit behind Cook. He will make an immediate impact when he gets going for the Vikings.

With the 114th pick, the Vikings took Oklahoma OG Dru Samia. Despite being a little undersized for the position, Samia plays with heart and determination that you don’t find in everyone. Explosive yet controlled off the line. Knows how to read the play well and can find leverage against almost any player. Likes to get low and drive, which helps to block players larger than he is. Good timing on snaps. Gains great positioning with hands. Doesn’t get overpowered very often, spends a lot of time on his feet.

Likewise, the drafting OT Oli Udoh from Elon. He won’t make an immediate impact but is a solid player to have on the RT depth chart.

Defense

Most of players drafted and UDFAs signed will be added to the depth chart on defense. None stand out as players to make an impact in 2019.

Armon Watts DT Arkansas is one player who could get a chance to impress in 2019, but most of these guys will be place holders for now.

Grade - A

The Vikings have done enough on the offensive side of the ball to make a real play for the NFC North title in 2019. This is going to be one of the most hotly contested divisions in the NFL.

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Spinksy

ProFootball Free Lance Writer at SportsTalkLine.com
Covering players from College Freshman to NFL Hall of Famers and everything in between. This isn't only a passion for me, its a way of life.

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