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Vikings draft picks 2021: When does Minnesota pick? Full list of NFL Draft selections

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Vikings draft picks 2021: When does Minnesota pick? Full list of NFL Draft selections

Last year, the Minnesota Vikings had 15 draft picks. They used them to bring an infusion of talent to the team. With that came inexperience and in a shortened offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it took the team a while before they were able to get into a groove, especially on defense.

That said, Justin Jefferson could have arguably been the Offensive Rookie of the Year for how he performed at receiver. The Vikings will be looking to land some similarly-talented players in the 2021 NFL Draft, and armed with the No. 14 pick, they should have a chance to land a solid player.

The Vikings will probably want to focus on upgrading the trenches considering that their blocking hasn’t been great on offense and their pass rush didn’t do as well as expected last year. That’s why they parted with Yannick Ngakoue midway through the season, and their blocking issues are part of why they parted with Riley Reiff. Upgrades are needed for Minnesota, but they can compete in the NFC North if they can fill their biggest needs and see their young prospects take the next step.

Here’s a look at the Vikings’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:

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Vikings draft picks 2021: When does Minnesota pick?

  • Round 1, Pick No. 14
  • Round 3, Pick No. 78
  • Round 3, Pick No. 90
  • Round 4, Pick No. 119
  • Round 4, Pick No. 125
  • Round 4, Pick No. 134
  • Round 4, Pick No. 143
  • Round 5, Pick No. 157
  • Round 5, Pick No. 168
  • Round 6, Pick No. 199
  • Round 6, Pick No. 223

Vikings 2021 NFL Draft order

Round Pick
1 14
3 15
3 27 (from Ravens)
4 14
4 20 (from Bears)
4 29 (from Bills)
4 38 (Compensatory Selection)
5 13
5 24 (from Steelers through Ravens)
6 15
6 39 (Compensatory Selection)
7 14 (Choice Forfeited)

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Vikings NFL Draft needs

  • Offensive line: Currently, Rashod Hill is penciled in as the starter at left tackle. He’s a fine swing tackle, but starting him probably wouldn’t go well. The team could also use help at the left guard spot. Going after a guy like Christian Darrisaw or Alijah Vera-Tucker at 14 makes a lot of sense.
  • Edge rusher: With Ngakoue gone, Danielle Hunter is the only consistent pass rusher that the Vikings have. They averaged just 1.4 sacks per game last year (fifth-worst in the NFL) so targeting a counterpart for Hunter would be a good move.
  • Defensive tackle: Minnesota addressed this area by adding Dalvin Tomlinson in free agency, but the team needs a viable option next to him, preferably one that is better as a pass rusher. 
  • Wide receiver: Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are a dynamic one-two punch at receiver. Beyond them, the Vikings don’t have much depth, so adding a third viable target in a strong receiver class would be a good move.
  • Quarterback: Kirk Cousins is a fine starter, and it doesn’t look like the Vikings are going to replace him. That said, they should at least add some competition behind him that’s better than Nathan Stanley and Jake Browning. Maybe grabbing a developmental guy like Davis Mills with one of their four Round 4 picks would be a worthwhile consideration.

Vikings mock draft 2021

Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Vikings, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:

Round Pick Team Position College
1 14 Alijah Vera-Tucker OT USC
3 15 Jabril Cox LB LSU
3 27 Hunter Long TE Boston College
4 14 Darius Stills DT West Virginia
4 20 Nico Collins WR Michigan
4 29 Rashad Weaver EDGE Pittsburgh
4 38 Jamie Newman QB Wake Forest
5 13 Joshuah Bledsoe S Missouri
5 24 Justin Hilliard LB Ohio State
6 15 Camryn Bynum CB California
6 39 Riley Cole LB South Alabama

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Russell Westbrook made history Monday night, notching his 182nd career triple-double — and moving past Oscar Robertson for the all-time NBA record.

Robertson’s record lasted 47 years, from 1974 through Monday night when a fourth-quarter rebound in front of a reduced-capacity crowd in Atlanta gave Westbrook sole possession of the record. It took him 12 years to surpass Robertson’s record after he achieved his first triple-double (17 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in 2009 as a rookie with the Thunder.

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He even made sure to get the game ball from officials so he could be certain to commemorate the historic achievement.

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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, one of the most recognizable talents in sports broadcasting, is leaving the network, he announced on Monday.

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Unsurprisingly, Mayne made Walsh smile. Walsh wouldn’t be the last person to smile at Mayne’s humor and creativity.

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The Celtics will have to fight for a playoff spot without one of their most important players.

Boston announced Monday night that All-Star forward Jaylen Brown has suffered a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season. He is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

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