6 potential Minnesota Vikings draft needs for 2020

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 14: Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals is sacked with the ball by Stephen Weatherly #91 of the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Defensive End

This one depends greatly on Everson Griffen. Griffen had a down season in 2018, but he also had some health issues that he needed to attend to.

If he can bounce back from his 5.5 sack campaign last year, then this need doesn’t become as dire. If he flounders again, it could be a sign that his age has caught up to him and his time with the Vikings could be over.

Stephen Weatherly filled in admirably for Griffen when he was out last season. He had three sacks in the span he was inserted into the starting lineup. But Weatherly is a player who seems like he is much better versus the run. He may never develop into a double-digit sack artist.

That’s the kind of player Minnesota could be looking for in the 2020 draft. A guy who can come in right off the bat and be a dominating force off the edge that opposing offenses will always have to account for.

It could become the Vikings’ primary focus heading into next year’s draft and it is a position they could look to address with their first-round pick.

Minnesota does have some young guys on the team with potential. Though the chances are quite unlikely that Ade Aruna, Ifeadi Odenighbo, Stacy Keely, Karter Schult, or Tashawn Bower suddenly become a pass-rushing terror. But you never know.