Vikings Draft 2021: Four-round mock draft – April version

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Seth Williams – Auburn Texas A M /

Fourth Round (Pick No. 125) – Seth Williams, WR – Auburn

With the Minnesota Vikings investing so much into the defense during free agency, it left the door open for the team to go hog wild on the offense in the 2021 NFL Draft. That is exactly what happened in this mock, with three of the first five of the team’s picks bolstering the offense.

Seth Williams is an interesting prospect at six-foot-three and 211 pounds. Even though he never went over 900 yards in any of his years at Auburn and only found the end zone 17 times in 33 games, there could be a great role for him in Minnesota.

The exit of Kyle Rudolph leaves a gap that can be filled by a big-bodied receiver who can act as a red-zone threat. Williams could be that physical player to go up against a smaller defensive back and win battles in short-yardage pass situations while letting Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson move around the formations.

For what he offers in size and strength, there are questions about his ability to get separation from defenders. The hope for Williams is that time spent with Thielen and Jefferson will help him to tighten up his routes and help him in and out of cuts to create that separation.

If nothing else, Williams will be a contributor to special teams while the Vikings evaluate him. With how the special teams unit played in 2020, having him available can’t hurt too much.