4 bold predictions for the Vikings during the 2021 NFL Draft
By Dean Jones
Minnesota will trade into the second round
The Vikings have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success with their second-round selections in recent seasons. This has formed the foundation of their roster across multiple different positions and this might result in a trade up or down depending on the situation after giving up this year’s second during their ill-fated trade for Yannick Ngakoue from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Simply put, Rick Spielman’s record with second-rounders over the last six years is outstanding.
- Ezra Cleveland – 2020
- Irv Smith Jr. – 2019
- Brian O’Neill – 2018
- Dalvin Cook – 2017
- Mackensie Alexander – 2016
- Eric Kendricks – 2015
Judging by this record, it might be wise for Minnesota to get a second-round selection in 2021. Whether this comes by trading down from No. 14 or using their bounty of mid-rounders to move up if a prospect of interest becomes available is unclear, but they shouldn’t be shy in doing so should the opportunity arise.
There is a lot at stake next season for Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer. Minnesota has been renowned for moving back to acquire more draft capital in recent years, but an increased sense of urgency might result in those in power becoming a little more aggressive.