Round 7 Pick 1: Jarrett Stidham, quarterback – Auburn
The Minnesota Vikings were extremely lucky not to need the services of Trevor Siemian this season, but their backup is hitting free agency this year and could cash in on a decent size contract. That means the team could roll with Kyle Sloter as their backup and look for a third quarterback for the practice squad.
Since they waited so long to pick one in this mock, the team may want to grab a passer before they all become undrafted free agents. For that reason, Jarrett Stidham seems like a good project thanks to his tendencies as a pocket passer and solid touchdown to interception ratio of 48-to-13 over his NCAA career at Auburn and Baylor. His 5,952 passing yards in two seasons at Auburn should be enough for him to be selected at the draft.
Round 7 Pick 2: Nate Harvey, linebacker – East Carolina
Linebacker was one spot where the Vikings didn’t have much depth in 2018 and that showed after injuries to Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks forced Eric Wilson into starting four games. With Barr’s return up in the air, getting some more talent in that group should be a bit of a priority.
Much like Barr, Nate Harvey is a linebacker with a history as a running back. His athleticism should be of interest to head coach Mike Zimmer and his twelve sacks and 24.5 tackles for a loss in 2018 should have him as a player on the rise with a lot of potentials to develop into a key contributor on special teams with an opportunity to impress on defense.
What do you think of this mock draft? Does it fill the Minnesota Vikings team needs well? Are the individual players chosen ones who will help the team get to the next level? Let us know in the comments section!