Minnesota Vikings Draft 2020: Seven-round mock draft

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Justin Herbert
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(Photo by Chris Thelen/Getty Images) Kindle Vildor
(Photo by Chris Thelen/Getty Images) Kindle Vildor /

Kindle Vildor – DB (Georgia Southern)

Kindle Vildor is another intriguing prospect that has a chance to really up his draft stock down at the Senior Bowl. Most Vikings fans who are also Gophers fans may be familiar with his name as he had a very good showing earlier this year against the Minnesota Gophers.

Cornerback has become a huge problem for the Vikings this year with Xavier Rhodes clearly losing a step. Rhodes isn’t able to play one-on-one with a receiver anymore and it looks like he could really use some help over the top. He’s also getting beat quite often in contested catch situations, which is a huge concern since he’s a bigger corner and he’s never been one to shy away from contact.

Rhodes is being penalized quite often this season, which is really hurting Minnesota each and every week. Vikings fans shouldn’t expect the team to cut ties with Rhodes in 2020, but they do need to get more depth in their defensive back room.

Trae Waynes isn’t a top corner type of player and he’s likely due for a big payday soon when he hits free agency after this season. Mike Hughes is still young and learning the speed of the NFL. Vildor would add some much-needed depth to Minnesota’s secondary.

Vikings fans probably will want their team to take a corner earlier than the seventh round of the draft in 2020, but the way the board fell, this was the best option.

Vildor is like Rhodes in the way that they’re both very outgoing. Vildor will get up in your grill, push you around, and talk smack to you all game. He plays with extremely high energy, which is something a defense can really feed off of. He backs all that up with good play on the outside.

Vildor does a fantastic job tracking the ball in the air. His ball skills at the catch point are very good and he’s a smart player as well. It’s evident that he understands route concepts and knows where he is at all times on the field. He has a good bail technique and he has the recovery speed to trail his receivers nicely.

The hope is that the Vikings will take a corner before the final day of the 2020 Draft. But if they can land Vildor in the sixth round, it will still end up being a great value pick.