5 players rising up the Vikings draft board after the 2021 Senior Bowl
By Nik Edlund
Benjamin St. Juste – S (Minnesota)
The Vikings have to find help in their secondary this offseason, especially at safety. Anthony Harris is likely going to sign elsewhere this year and the team needs to find a starter opposite Harrison Smith in addition to some competent depth behind him.
While the team definitely got close looks at players like Richie Grant, Hamsah Nasirildeen, and Ifeatu Melifonwu, one guy who has to be shooting up their draft rankings after his performance at the 2021 Senior Bowl is Minnesota’s own, Benjamin St. Juste.
St. Juste usually sticks out because of his size. He’s 6-foot-3 and he has extremely long arms, but his play on Saturday was what got the attention of scouts and general managers across the league.
This former Golden Gopher was tight in coverage and he made a handful of plays during the Senior Bowl with his long arms to swat away passes. He did get penalized a couple of times in the matchup, but he can work on his technique and eliminate those little mistakes.
St. Juste also proved to be a willing tackler as he wasn’t afraid to come up to support the run and jump in the fracas of a gang tackle. The Vikings need to fill out the depth chart at safety this offseason and if they are able to land St. Juste somewhere on Day 3 of the 2021 draft, he could be a player who has a real chance to see playing time in year one.