4 positions the Vikings won’t be targeting with their 2021 first-round pick

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Let’s not kid ourselves, the Vikings are definitely in the market for a safety this year. Harrison Smith is aging and Anthony Harris is probably going to leave in free agency. There is very little depth behind these two and Minnesota has to bring in some young talent for the future.

The problem is that there is no safety worth taking early in the 2021 NFL Draft. While this position is fairly deep when you start hitting the second day, there is not top-end prospect who is considered a slam dunk.

In past drafts, there have been players who are perceived to be game-changers at this position. A guy who can cover, hit, and make plays that win ball games are the ones who typically go early and that guy just doesn’t appear to be in this class.

The Vikings can’t force the issue with the No. 14 pick either. They definitely want to upgrade the safety position, but they can’t reach just to fill it. They are better off addressing a lesser need and waiting until they are back on the clock in the third round to upgrade this position.

Minnesota does have enough ammunition to move up into the second round and grab a player they fall in love with, but that just isn’t going to happen at pick No. 14 with this year’s safety class.