5 best value picks made by the Vikings during the 2020 NFL Draft

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Justin Jefferson – WR (LSU)

First Round, Pick No. 22

The Vikings used the pick they got from trading Stefon Diggs to land his replacement in Justin Jefferson. It was mildly surprising that the big pass-catcher from LSU was still on the board when it came time for Minnesota to make their pick.

Many figured he’d be gone in the late teens and figured there was no way he’d get by the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 21 pick. When the Eagles opted to take former TCU receiver Jalen Reagor instead, the Vikings landed themselves a potential steal.

Jefferson is coming off a monster season in the Bayou. As a junior, he caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards and an eye-popping 18 touchdowns. While he did this primarily working out of the slot, he has also shown the ability to play on the outside.

Minnesota’s newest wide receiver has a great combination of size and speed. He also has long arms that give him a huge catch radius.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see him start as a rookie opposite Adam Thielen in 2020. He could make an instant impact for the Vikings offense and put up numbers that will make getting him with the No. 22 pick highway robbery.