Minnesota Vikings: Redrafting the team’s 2020 NFL Draft class

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Original Pick (203): Blake Brandel – OL (Oregon State)

The Vikings took Blake Brandel with their first sixth-round choice and have yet to see him on the field. He is still buried on the depth chart behind guys like Oli Udoh and Dru Samia if he ever comes back, so the chances of him seeing meaningful snaps as a rookie look quite slim indeed.

Redraft: Kamren Curl – S (Arkansas)

The Vikings could’ve passed on Brandel and instead taken a safety to learn behind Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith. Curl landed on the horrible Washington Football Team but has started 3 games and appeared in 8, and has 28 tackles on the season and a sack.

That’s pretty impressive and he would at least give the Vikings a viable safety replacement if Harris or Smith were ever to get injured.

Original Pick (205): Josh Metellus – S (Michigan)

Metellus has seen brief duty with the Vikings, playing mostly special teams. He has gotten a few snaps on defense and has totaled seven tackles on the season. He was always seen as a project on defense and a core special teamer as a rookie, so he’s right on pace with that projection.

Redraft: Sterling Hofrichter – P (Syracuse)

Instead of taking a safety who rarely plays any defensive snaps, the Vikings could have landed their punter of the future with this pick. The Vikings current punter, Britton Colquitt has struggled all season long and having a young guy on the roster would’ve been a nice luxury for the Purple.

Hofrichter is averaging 40.7 yards a punt which is bottom in the NFL. That doesn’t help the case for taking him here, but he does have nine that have landed inside the 20 and that is four more than Colquitt, who has really struggled in that area this season.

Sure, there would’ve been some growing pains with a rookie punter, but at least he has the potential to improve which is unlikely to happen with a crusty old veteran like Colquitt.