What can the Vikings expect from K.J. Osborn in 2020?

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The Minnesota Vikings added a wide receiver in K.J. Osborn who can serve as a deep threat and punt returner to help bolster their offense in 2020.

The Minnesota Vikings had plenty of work to do at wide receiver in the wake of the Stefon Diggs trade earlier this offseason. With just Adam Thielen, Olabisi Johnson, Tajae Sharpe, and Chad Beebe on the roster, the Vikings needed to hit the 2020 wide receiver class hard.

In their first handful of picks in the NFL Draft, Minnesota did just that taking Justin Jefferson with the 22nd overall pick. But the Vikings still had a need at receiver as they went into the later rounds on Saturday.

As Minnesota went into their slew of picks in the fifth round, they opted to go back to that well and selected Miami receiver, K.J. Osborn.

If you look at Osborn’s production in his lone season with the Hurricanes, you might not be impressed. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound receiver made 50 receptions for 547 yards and five touchdowns in 2019, but a lot of that had to do with quarterback play and a run-heavy approach.

What the stats won’t show you is Osborn’s ability to get open deep and track the ball downfield. With the added bonus of returning punts, Osborn is a player that could fill multiple needs for the Vikings in short order.

So let’s look at Osborn’s strengths and weaknesses and see how he can contribute to Minnesota in 2020.