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

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Wyatt Davis
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Wyatt Davis /
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(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Wyatt Davis /

Wyatt Davis – OG (Ohio State)

Wyatt Davis was once a popular mock pick to the Vikings when they first secured the 14th overall choice. This guy was seen as a plug-and-play offensive lineman who could be Minnesota’s starting left guard for the next decade.

But he had bad knees going into his 2020 season with Ohio State and then in the National Championship Game a few weeks ago, he had to be carried off the field with what looked like a severe injury to his lower limbs. He has assured Buckeye fans that he’s fine and he will be ready for his debut season in the NFL.

Nonetheless, that injury and his injury history are probably going to cause him to fall on draft day. There’s no way this guy goes in the top 15 anymore and he will be lucky to come off the board at any point in the first round. It’s a much safer bet that he is taken in the second round, which would be out of the Vikings’ reach.

Davis does possess everything Minnesota is looking for in a guard. He’s got impressive size, he plays with great power, and he has surprising athleticism.

Davis also has a nastiness to him that would add some toughness to a Vikings offensive line that could use a shot or two of it. While Davis’ injury history could cause him to fall even further, he’s way too talented to not come off the board in the second round, meaning Minnesota would be out of luck.