Vikings add another weapon to their offense in recent mock draft

(Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) Noah Fant
(Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) Noah Fant /

Already with a plethora of talent on the offensive side of the ball, the Minnesota Vikings used their first-round selection on a tight end in a recent 2019 mock draft.

During the majority of Mike Zimmer’s tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, the primary focus has been on the team having a good defense.

But with the signing of quarterback Kirk Cousins and the extension given to wide receiver Stefon Diggs this past offseason, having an explosive offense is clearly on the mind of Zimmer and the Vikings more recently.

Led by Cousins, Diggs, and Adam Thielen, Minnesota has seen a big improvement in their passing attack this year. Currently, the Vikings rank eighth in the NFL in passing yards per game this season.

Looking ahead to next year, Minnesota may look to add even more weapons to their offense when it comes time for the 2019 NFL Draft. That will be exactly what happens if the Vikings go along with a selection featured in a recent mock draft published by NFL Mocks.

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Minnesota Vikings

In this recent mock draft posted NFL Mocks’ Sayre Bedinger on Saturday, Minnesota is adding Iowa tight end Noah Fant with the 22nd selection in the 2019 draft.

Listed at 6-foot-5, 241 pounds, Fant has 38 catches for 506 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games for Iowa this season. If the Vikings opted to go this route, it would be the first time in the franchise’s history that they would use a first-round draft pick on a tight end.

While Fant would be a fun piece to add to Minnesota’s offensive arsenal next year, it doesn’t seem like a very logical choice for the team to make. With their current roster situation, adding an offensive lineman in the first round of the 2019 draft would likely be a better decision for the Vikings.

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Who really knows though, right? Not many predicted Minnesota to add a cornerback in the first round of last April’s NFL draft, but that’s what they went out and did.