5 college opt-outs who would be good fits for the Vikings in 2021

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Rashod Bateman
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Rashod Bateman /
1 of 6
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Caleb Farley /

Which college opt-outs should the Minnesota Vikings be interested in?

It’s time to put something into perspective. The Minnesota Vikings season, the college football season, and especially the NFL Draft are all going to look a lot different in 2020 than they have in any other year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has been full of confusion and it has made playing sports very difficult due to the overwhelming spread of the virus.

That currently leaves us with college football players, who are at risk or don’t want to risk others, that have chosen to either opt-out of the 2020 college football season or redshirt their current year and return to school to play at some point in 2021.

With a lot of uncertainties about what the future holds, it’s time to start looking at prospects that have already declared for the NFL Draft.

The Vikings have done a good job of late at filling the holes on their team and adding depth. But, there are still areas that need to be addressed. While the hopes of a Super Bowl still loom, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman needs to be looking ahead to see where he can start filling these holes.

Usually, we start looking at the draft once the Vikings season has concluded. Still, with the draft process expected to be about as unpredictable as ever this year because the players who have declared are foregoing a season of tape, we have to start digging into these prospects earlier than usual.

Let’s dive into five prospects that have already opted out of the 2020 college football season and would be good fits with the Vikings.