Vikings Draft 2021: Pre-Super Bowl five-round mock draft

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Fourth Round (Pick No. 116)

Sage Surratt – WR (Wake Forest)

The Vikings are set at the top of their wide receiving depth chart with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. But the depth behind these two needs an upgrade.

Chad Beebe proved to be a reliable option in the slot this past season while Bisi Johnson took a major step backward in 2020. There isn’t anything behind them and if Minnestota doesn’t upgrade in the draft or free agency, they’ll be in major trouble if one of the top two horses goes down with an injury next season.

One pass catcher the Vikings should target in the mid-rounds is Wake Forest’s Sage Surratt. Surratt has great size at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, he has sticky mitts, and he can go up and high point the ball over defenders.

He boasts a nice thick frame and he would instantly become the most physical pass catcher among the Vikings’ roster. Surratt is an underrated route runner with deceptive speed and he could make a bigger impact than the average fourth-round choice.

The negatives regarding Surratt and the sole reason he could fall down the board is that he sat out the 2020 season because of COVID-19. The year off isn’t going to be a positive in the eyes of scouts, and while he did participate in the Senior Bowl to shake off some rust, he’ll need a ton of reps and hit the playbook hard to get up to snuff before the start of the season.

That being said, he’d make an excellent addition to Minnesota’s receiving corps if they are fortunate enough to land him.