Fourth Round (Pick No. 122)
Michael Pittman Jr. – WR (USC)
The Vikings don’t want to suddenly become a team that throws the ball 60 times a game. But that doesn’t mean they should completely neglect to find depth at the receiver position. Last year, Minnesota did just that by carrying four wide receivers for most of the year and one of those was Laquon Treadwell.
But with Treadwell, the Vikings were looking for several qualities as a bigger possession receiver that could get the ball and also make plays in the middle of the field. With the added bonus of going deep, Michael Pittman Jr. might be Minnesota’s best option here.
Measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, the Vikings could use Pittman on the outside opposite of Stefon Diggs (fingers crossed) and keep using Adam Thielen in the slot on three-wide packages. With the presence of Olabisi Johnson as a fourth receiver, Minnesota should have more depth for Kirk Cousins and an offense that will maintain its explosiveness in case of an injury such as Thielen last year.
There’s a chance Mike Zimmer will be breaking out in a cold sweat at this point in the draft. But with the Vikings needing to bolster their offense, tapping into this elite wide receiver class is a solid move to make.