5 biggest Vikings 2020 draft needs at the midpoint of the season

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(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Chad Beebe
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Wide Receiver

At first blush, the Vikings don’t appear to have a need at wide receiver. They have arguably the best duo in the league in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Those two are both on pace to have fantastic seasons again in 2019.

They also found a gem in this year’s draft with seventh-rounder Bisi Johnson. Johnson has worked hard to become the third wide receiver on this team. He has done well when he is on the field and he has proven to be a sure-handed target for Kirk Cousins.

Minnesota’s depth after that is very thin. The team was so desperate this season, they signed former Washington Redskins first-round bust Josh Doctson for depth and then they even brought back a guy they cut, in their own former first-round bust, Laquon Treadwell. When a team is forced to make those types of signings, it’s clear there are depth issues.

To make matters worse, Chad Beebe was very unimpressive in the three games he was active for the Vikings in 2019. After wowing in training camp, he seemed to do the opposite when the lights were the brightest. Beebe showed inconsistent hands both in catching and securing the football. He’s been on injured reserve for most of the year and his future with the team is very much up in the air.

Upgrading their depth at wide receiver is clearly an issue for Minnesota. It’s an area they will likely not address in the first couple rounds of the 2020 draft unless someone unexpected falls to them. But look for them to pounce on a pass catcher in the middle rounds.