How should the Vikings feel about their 2021 draft class?

(Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) Kellen Mond
(Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) Kellen Mond /

The Minnesota Vikings pride themselves in drafting well and 2021 was no different, adding players who can make a difference instantly.

In recent years, the Minnesota Vikings have usually come out of the draft feeling pleased with their work, and often it translates on the field. Of course, every team drafts players who don’t become good in the NFL but that is only normal.

This year was no different. A few of the rookies could come in during the middle season and be very productive. Just look as far back as last year to see how Justin Jefferson impacted the Vikings’ offense.

How did Vikings rookies look in the offseason?

The jury is still out on first-round draft pick, tackle Christian Darrisaw, who has barely seen any action during training camp or preseason. Darrisaw has been struggling with injury throughout camp and even required surgery. However, there is optimism that he could be back soon since the Vikings chose not to put him on injured reserve.

There are some positives. Even though the first-round pick hasn’t played and the Vikings didn’t have a second-round pick. The seven selections in Rounds 3 and 4 were utilized well. The Vikings used these picks to address many holes in their team drafted players that could be very impactful this coming season.

Third-round guard Wyatt Davis out of Ohio State had a very impressive showing when he was called upon during preseason. Davis is competing for the right guard spot and will eventually make the position his. Quarterback Kellen Mond won the backup job after a shaky start. Fifth-round pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette looked electric with the ball in his hands and is the starting returner and will surely have a part to play on offense.

Overall, the Minnesota Vikings can be happy with their 2021 draft class since they addressed a few positions of need and these rookies will provide quality depth.