6 safeties the Vikings could select in the 2021 NFL Draft

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The Minnesota Vikings still have a job opening at safety as they head into the 2021 NFL Draft.

Xavier Woods was signed by the Minnesota Vikings to add a veteran presence in the safety room, but it does not mean he will necessarily be the starter when the 2021 season starts. The team can still find a replacement for Woods in the 2021 NFL Draft who can come in and start out of the gate.

Even if they don’t find an immediate starter, the Vikings should still look ahead to 2022 and find someone that can develop into a starting role when Woods’ contract is up after next season. This year’s safety class may not have a superstar, but it does feature a lot of guys that can make an impact early on.

TCU’s Trevon Moehrig and Oregon’s Jevon Holland are the top two safeties in this group, but they likely will not be in Minnesota’s range since they currently don’t have a second-round pick. They also should not take a safety in the first round because of positional value and the money that’s already invested in the position.

Still, Minnesota can find a starting-caliber safety at some point in this draft if they choose to do so. There is a lot to like about this year’s safety group and there is talent to be found all throughout the seven rounds.

Who are some of the safeties that could get selected by the Vikings in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft?