5 bold Minnesota Vikings predictions for the 2020 NFL Draft

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Vikings will wait on taking a wide receiver

After we seemingly filled the needs of tackle and cornerback, there’s still the question of what the Vikings will do at wide receiver.

With Stefon Diggs gone, Minnesota’s top receiver is 30-year-old Adam Thielen. Behind him is Tajae Sharpe followed by incumbents Olabisi Johnson and Chad Beebe. In other words, they need help.

The urge to reach up and grab a receiver early will be there and in this class, why not? Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III along with Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb are all elite prospects, but those names will likely need to be pursued aggressively. With so many other needs and a deep wide receiver class, it may make sense for the Vikings to wait.

That’s where a second or third-round receiver could come into play for Minnesota. With a chance that teams will also push receivers down the board knowing there will be elite talent later, a name like TCU’s Jalen Reagor or Clemson’s Tee Higgins could fall. The Vikings could also take the plunge on some sleepers in this class including USC’s Michael Pittman Jr. and Florida’s Van Jefferson.

Minnesota hasn’t had historical success taking receivers early, but that’s not the reason they should wait. With the chance to fill the multiple holes on their roster, they can take from a position that might not have as many talents and get a productive wide receiver in the later rounds.