5 possible Minnesota Vikings 2020 NFL Draft targets to know

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TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 02: Oregon State Beavers wide receiver
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Isaiah Hodgins – WR (Oregon State)

Isaiah Hodgins is a junior wide receiver for the Oregon State Beavers who recently declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. He was a four-star recruit as a receiver and was considered a top-25 receiver recruit in the nation by a number of recruiting services.

Hodgins was born in San Jose, California. He was an honor roll student and would also like to be a lawyer once his football career is over. He appears to be a bright young man with a very promising future going forward. His father James Hodgins played in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Rams so the NFL bloodline is good for Isaiah.

Hodgins had offers from many top-tier schools. Some of which included Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Washington State. He ultimately decided he wanted to go to Oregon State.

Hodgins has had a solid college career despite the team having average quarterback play. Last year, he put up 876 receiving yards and five touchdowns. This year, he has 1,171 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns with 86 receptions. His production this year has been outstanding and could catapult him into day two of the NFL Draft.

Vikings fans have known all too well the lack of depth this wide receiver room has been over the past few years. Sure, they have Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but what happens when one of those two goes down with an injury? The passing game just isn’t the same.

They need to bring in another receiver that is capable of being a wide receiver two on an NFL team. That’s exactly what Hodgins could be. As a big-bodied receiver who stands 6’4 and 204 pounds, Hodgins has the frame to hold up to NFL contact and won’t shy away from physicality at the next level.

Projecting what round Hodgins will go in will be fairly tricky. He has the talent to be an early to mid-second-round pick. But because of the school he went to and the fact he’s a junior and won’t be able to participate in the Senior Bowl or the Shrine Game, he won’t have the chance to stand out like some of these other prospects.

Getting Hodgins early on Day 3 will be where the Vikings will look to grab him. Remember a guy named Stefon Diggs going in the fourth round? Yes, that could be Hodgins.