5 prospects the Vikings should approach with caution in 2020

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Kristian Fulton – CB (LSU)

There’s no question Kristian Fulton is a talented football player. He is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the entire 2020 NFL Draft and he is someone the Vikings will consider at pick No. 22 or No. 25 if he’s still on the board.

While he’s got the size, speed, and length to be an ideal fit in Mike Zimmer’s system, there are plenty of concerns when it comes to this guy that Minnesota will surely have to factor in.

He has some maturity and character issues that need to be addressed. Back in 2017, he used someone else’s urine for a drug test and was suspended two years by the NCAA. The suspension was later reduced to one-year, but the incident showed an overall lack of maturity.

He was afraid he would test positive for marijuana and instead of taking the fall for his own mistake, he was willing to cheat and find a way around getting punished.

The Vikings did meet with Fulton face-to-face at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine and this topic had to come up. For Fulton’s sake, he hopefully owned up to this mistake and said that he learned from it enough for Minnesota to believe him.

Fulton also has an overall lack of production in his career at LSU. However, some of these low numbers are because teams just didn’t throw the ball his way much. That being said, when a team is using a first-round pick on a cornerback, they’d like to see more than 56 career tackles and two interceptions.

If the Vikings are taking Fulton with pick No. 22 or No. 25 this year, they are projecting what he can be and not basing it on what he’s done which is a bit worrisome.