5 prospects the Vikings could miss out on without a second-round pick

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With no second-round draft choice this year, which prospects might the Minnesota Vikings miss out on?

Entering the 2020 season, the Minnesota Vikings had high hopes. The Vikings were coming off a 2019 campaign that saw them finish one game short of earning a spot in the NFC Championship.

With a few additions to the offensive line and a few additions on defense, some felt Minnesota would be ready to take the next step in 2020.

Then COVID-19 hit the world and players opted out. The Vikings were also hit by the injury bug and before the start of the 2020 season, they realized they were likely going to be without their star defensive end, Danielle Hunter, for the year.

This forced Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman to go find a new starting pass-rusher and he did just that. The Vikings ended up sending a 2021 second-round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for disgruntled edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue.

At the time, this seemed like a great move and many Minnesota fans applauded it. Ngakoue did lead the team in sacks, but the Vikings were 1-5 after six games, and they decided to trade him to the Baltimore Ravens for a third-round draft choice.

So now comes the time when Minnesota has to pay for that six-game rental by giving their 2021 second-round pick to the Jaguars.

It is only February, but the rankings of this year’s draft prospects are beginning to shake out. Things will change as April gets closer, but there is a general sense of where some of these 2021 prospects will come off the draft board.

So with no second-round choice this year, who are some of the draft prospects the Vikings will probably miss out on?