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Vikings Weekly Draft Report: Week 1

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Vikings Weekly Draft Report: Week 1

In the first edition of my Vikings weekly draft report, I will take a look at the Vikings draft needs,  a couple of players to watch, and a few games to keep an eye on this weekend.

Currently, the Vikings sit at 8-2, placing them second in the NFC playoff picture. With six games remaining there seem to be no signs of slowing down. Considering the Vikings position right now, the Vikings most likely will be picking in the 28-32 range in the upcoming draft.

Team Needs: Offensive Line – Corner Back – Safety

General Manager Rick Spielman has his work cut out for him with the current state of the Vikings roster. He has done an excellent job of getting his team into a position where he can draft players and let them develop into NFL starters.

The most significant question going into this season was the Vikings offensive line. The line has been a pleasant surprise this season, and have performed at a very competitive level. Riley Reiff, Nick Easton, Pat Elflein, Joe Berger, Mike Remmers, and company have all played above expectations. There is still room for improvement, and Rick Spielman could be looking to add another everyday player to the offensive line.

Andrew Sendejo has held down the opposite safety spot of Harrison Smith for three years now. He was almost replaced two years ago by Bengals safety George Iloka before he decided to resign in Cincinnati. Sendejo has been a solid safety for the Vikings, but at times he makes big mistakes that are costly to the team. The Vikings could potentially be looking to find a replacement for Andrew Sendejo this offseason. Expect to see a few second round safeties on the Vikings weekly draft report. 

Although the Vikings have an elite defense, it seems most of the potential draft needs are on the defensive side of the ball. Xavier Rhodes has been a lock-down corner, but his opposite, Trae Waynes, has yet to come out of his rookie shell. At times, Waynes looks lost and entirely outclassed. However, he does have his games where he seems to be a solid cornerback. The Vikings could potentially go the cornerback route in this draft to add some extra pressure onto Waynes to develop into the top corner potential he showed his rookie year.

Vikings Weekly Draft Report Prospect Spotlight

Mike McGlinchey — OT — Notre Dame

McGlinchey is a combination of the old school lineman and the new age speed linemen. Standing at 6’7 and weighing in at a solid 291 lbs, McGlinchey brings a unique combination of speed and strength. McGlinchey would have to slide a little bit for the Vikings to land him. Last season he was a top prospect coming out of the NFL until he decided to stay back for his senior season. He can play either tackle spot at a very high level. As the number three tackle on Walter Football’s big board, McGlinchey is a player every Viking fan should watch, and someone that you can expect to see on the Vikings weekly draft report a few more times. 

Will Hernandez — OG — UTEP

Will Hernandez is the number two guard on Walter Football’s big board. He also is the number two guard regarding efficiency by Pro Football Focus. With his 380 snaps, last season Hernandez allowed only one pressure the entire season. Because Hernandez plays for a smaller school (UTEP), he is projected as a second-round pick in most mock drafts. Hernandez has traditional guard size at 6’3 304 lbs. He could be a big pick up for the Vikings offensive line next season.

Ken Webster — CB — Ole Miss

Ken Webster is a fascinating prospect. I am adding him to this list due to his ability to shut wide receivers down. Webster suffered a devastating knee injury but has since seen his draft stock rise considerably. Some big boards have seen him climb as high as the early first round. Ken Webster is 5’11 194 lbs with proper technique and good speed. Drafting a guy like Webster could help the team a lot, and even if he did not pan out, it would help to add some pressure to Trae Waynes to speed up development.

Prospects To Watch This Weekend

Auburn vs. Alabama

The Iron Bowl is always a matchup that draws NFL scouts and this year is no different. Vikings fans should look to the defensive backfield this week. Keep an eye on how a guy like Carlton Davis does for Auburn against a receiver the caliber of Alabama’s Calvin Ridley.  Braden Smith from Auburn is a potential late-round guard that could add some much-needed depth to the Vikings line. Another guy fans should look into would be Safety Ronnie Harrison from Alabama. Harrison has been balling out all season and could be a guy the Vikings use to replace hit or miss safety Andrew Sendejo. Anthony Averett is another guy in the defensive backfield for Alabama. He is projected as a potential second-round pick and could be a future member of the Minnesota Vikings.


Michigan vs. Ohio State

Michigan vs. Ohio State is another one of those games that always catches the eye of NFL scouts. Denzel Ward is one of the top corner prospects coming into the draft. Ward and defensive end Sam Hubbard are players on the defensive side of the ball for Ohio State that Vikings fans should watch. Billy Price is a guard for Ohio State who has tremendous upside. Keep an eye on how he performs versus a Michigan line that features Maurice Hurst. This game is usually an interesting one, and Ohio State carries a ton of potential Vikings prospects.