First Round (Pick No. 22)
Justin Jefferson – WR (LSU)
The Vikings lost their best receiver in Stefon Diggs in order to obtain this pick. That said, any wide receiver selected by the team at this spot will be compared to Diggs for the remainder of his career. There is also the chance they wait and find a wide receiver later in the draft, which is very possible in this class.
If Justin Jefferson survives to pick No. 22, the Vikings should be ecstatic. Jefferson is an incredible slot receiver with enough long speed to make a difference down the field. His ability to help his quarterback out and make plays when things break down is why he stands out on film.
Jefferson is one of the most reliable targets in this draft and is a dynamic route runner out of the slot. His subtle head fakes, quick feet, and toughness over the middle make him a first-round player. If you want to find some way to compare him to Diggs, look no further than his ability to create down the field and after the catch.
The Vikings desperately need another receiving weapon to help clear the box for their running game. Pairing Justin Jefferson with Adam Thielen will give Kirk Cousins enough weapons to keep defenses honest and the Vikings will be younger at wide receiver.
With length, speed, and hands that win in the NFL, Justin Jefferson is worthy of a first-round pick from the Minnesota Vikings.