Vikings Draft 2018: Ranking the picks from worst to first

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Jalyn Holmes
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(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Tyler Conklin
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5. Tyler Conklin – TE (Central Michigan)

Selection: Fifth round (157th overall)

When watching the tape of Conklin, it’s pretty easy to figure out that he used to play basketball. A number of his catches at Central Michigan were the result of him going to his spot and boxing out a defender.

Conklin’s blocking needs some work, but that is something that can definitely be improved over time. If he makes an impact at all for the Vikings in 2018, it will be in the passing game and likely during red zone situations.

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4. Colby Gossett – OG (Appalachian State)

Selection: Sixth round (213th overall)

It’s quite possible that Gossett could be a sleeper in who Minnesota eventually picks to be their starting right guard for 2018.

He’s not the quickest, but he does possess some serious strength. His 32 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the combine this year were the fourth-most of any offensive lineman who participated.

Gossett’s ability to easily push people around could come in handy for the Vikings in the run game. He will likely be a reserve in 2018, but don’t be surprised to hear a lot of good things about the young offensive lineman during Minnesota’s training camp this summer.