Alex Bars – OG (Notre Dame)
- Height: 6-foot-5
- Weight: 312 pounds
- TDN Ranking: 200th
Bars would be a solid dart throw as well despite injuring his knee last fall. Like third-round pick Samia, Bars has the athleticism to get out into space but has issues with his balance. Part of that could be contributed to a lack of strength which could be the easiest thing to add in the NFL
A couple of years ago, Bars was one of the key cogs on the Notre Dame offensive line which included top-ten picks Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. Sometimes the talent around a player can elevate each other, but Bars has the traits that could translate into something big for the Vikings. If he stays healthy, Minnesota would have another steal and more depth in the trenches.
Cole Tracy – K (LSU)
- Height: 5-foot-10
- Weight: 183 pounds
- TDN Ranking: 488th
Who wants to draft a kicker? After last year’s fiasco with Daniel Carlson, Vikings fans might completely hate the thought of going back to the well with a collegiate kicker. However, in this mock draft, Minnesota has upgraded and provided depth for its offensive line, added a pass rusher for their defensive line, a third receiving option, a backup quarterback and depth at linebacker. While there are other needs such as tight end and safety, the Vikings could simply take a swing at solidifying their kicker position.
Dan Bailey wasn’t exactly rock-solid last year as he only made 21-of-28 (75 percent) of his field goals and has been slumping over the past two seasons. Although the Vikings re-signed Bailey to a one-year deal, they can get out of it easily with just $250,000 worth of dead money if he gets cut. Tracy meanwhile had a solid season for the Tigers last year, so at the very least it would be solid training camp competition to see if the Minnesota Vikings can finally solidify the kicker position.