5 biggest myths about the Vikings plans for the 2021 NFL Draft

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Rashawn Slater will be available at pick No. 14

A common myth, or perhaps hope, is that Rashawn Slater will be available to the Vikings when they are on the clock at pick No. 14 in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.

While one always needs to have hope and root for a player to fall to Minnesota when the draft is going on, hoping it is Slater is a pipe dream that simply isn’t going to come true.

There are just too many teams picking ahead of the Vikings who also need help on the offensive line and they would certainly choose Slater. The Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Los Angeles Chargers all need to improve their pass protection this year, and they will all be interested in Slater.

That’s seven teams in need, and only two prospects to fill it. The demand is much greater than the supply and Slater could be off the board well before Minnesota goes on the clock.

While there is a glimmer of hope that Slater’s short arms could cause him to slide, the only true hope the Vikings have is if there are many trades in the top 10 picks that shake up the draft order and where these prospects go off the board. If that doesn’t happen, there’s no chance that Slater makes it to the 14th overall pick.