Minnesota Vikings Draft 2021: Early five-round mock draft

(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) Tylan Wallace
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Fourth-Round Pick No. 1

Tylan Wallace – WR (Oklahoma State)

Another player with injury concerns is Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace. Wallace, one of the best pure receivers in this class, has battled injuries over the past two seasons. A torn ACL in 2019 cut his season short and minor injuries have kept him out of action at times this season as well.

I absolutely love Tylan Wallace as a third weapon next to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. He is a talented route runner with an absurd ability to highpoint the ball in traffic. Wallace is also a great runner after the catch, which the Vikings have seen plenty of with Jefferson.

Fourth-Round Pick No. 2

Drake Jackson – IOL (Kentucky)

Adding one offensive lineman is never the answer. As we’ve seen this season, injuries on the line will derail this offense and slow down any momentum they have. Drake Jackson projects as a center, which is not a huge area of need for the Vikings with Garrett Bradbury playing well, but interior depth is crucial.

Fourth-Round Pick No. 3

Baron Browning – LB (Ohio State)

Another position with injury problems this year is the linebacking group. Anthony Barr is out for the season with a torn pectoral while Troy Dye and Eric Wilson have had their ups and downs all season. Baron Browning has struggled at times at Ohio State and may not be a three-down linebacker but that’s not what the Vikings need.

Browning is just an athlete that lines up in the second level and brings speed and size to the middle of the defense. Developing him and turning him into more of a volume player is possible given his traits. At the very minimum, Browning can improve a poor special teams unit.