6 potential Minnesota Vikings draft needs for 2020

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(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Ben Gedeon
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Outside Linebacker

This was an area many figured the Vikings would address within the first three rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. The problem was that after the two best guys, Devin White and Devin Bush, both went off the board in the top 10, the value dipped and there was never really a great option for Minnesota until round five. Which is when they added USC’s Cameron Smith.

Smith may end up being a fine special teamer and solid backup, but it’s unlikely he becomes a star player on the Vikings in Mike Zimmer’s defense.

Ben Gedeon has been the starter for a couple of seasons now, but after looking at his stats (78 tackles, zero sacks, zero interceptions) he is a very blah type of player. Minnesota could look for an upgrade and a true stud at the position during next year’s draft.

At first glance, the 2020 linebacker class doesn’t look overly impressive. That can change though as guys declare and players improve during their junior and senior seasons.

Either way, linebacker will likely be a position rather high on the Vikings’ wish list as they approach the 2020 draft and if things fall a certain way, it could very well end up being addressed with one of their early-round selections.