Vikings Draft 2021: Super early four-round mock draft

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Fourth Round (Pick No. 135)

Rashad Weaver – EDGE (Pittsburgh)

Here, the Vikings go with the best player available despite already taking an edge rusher in this draft. Last year, they double-dipped at cornerback, and the third-rounder played at a higher level than the first-round pick. Why not try to strike some luck twice in this edge class?

Rashad Weaver is another long pass rusher who wins with his active hands and leverage. A rotation of Weaver and D.J. Wonnum to relieve the starting defensive ends would be a very favorable situation for Minnesota. During his career at Pitt, Weaver posted 34 tackles for loss and 17 sacks in 34 games.

Fourth Round (Pick. No. 143)

Rachad Wildgoose Jr. – CB (Wisconsin)

Drafting a cornerback at some point this year is inevitable for the Vikings. Rachad Wildgoose Jr. never really showed up on the stat sheet at Wisconsin, but that is not necessarily bad. He only had one career interception and 14 pass breakups in 24 games for the Badgers.

He is physical and he plays with a ton of confidence, two things that make any cornerback a legitimate NFL prospect. I love the way he plays despite not having elite size, which is why he could be a perfect piece for Mike Zimmer’s defense in Minnesota.

It would be hard to convince any Vikings fan that cornerback Chris Jones should return and start on the outside next season. Whether it’s through the draft or in free agency, Minnesota needs to improve the talent level of their outside corners before the 2021 season.