There are a few former members of the Minnesota Golden Gophers who could end up with the Minnesota Vikings in this year’s NFL Draft.
When it comes to adding players in the NFL Draft, there is typically a bit more intrigue for fans of the Minnesota Vikings when former Minnesota Golden Gophers are some of the top prospects available and this is the case for 2020.
Safety Antoine Winfield Jr., wide receiver Tyler Johnson, pass rusher Carter Coughlin, linebacker Kamal Martin, and running back Rodney Smith are among the former Gophers players who are expected to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft.
So of the former Minnesota players in this year’s draft pool, which guys have the best chance to end up with the Vikings?
The guys over at Bleeding Purple recently chatted with Daniel House from MNVikingsCorner.com and GopherHole.com and they tried to answer this question that is likely on the minds of many football fans in the state of Minnesota.
Of the former Gophers who could end up in purple and gold in 2020, House believes that Winfield has the best chance. Even if the Vikings decide to keep Anthony Harris around for next season, House still thinks the former University of Minnesota safety could be an option in the draft.
If the Vikings really do want to draft Winfield though, House says they’ll probably have to use one of their first two picks on him because he’s likely not going to be on the board still when it comes time for them to make their second-round selection.
On Johnson, House thinks the young receiver would be a good fit for the Vikings offense and be a nice complement for Adam Thielen.
As for the remaining three, Coughlin and Martin probably have the best chance to drafted by the Vikings. Minnesota doesn’t really need a running back, so using a draft pick on Smith just doesn’t seem like something they will do this year.