Vikings 2022 Draft: Five-round post-Senior Bowl mock draft

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Fifth-Round Pick:

Justyn Ross – WR (Clemson)

This would not be considered a key area to upgrade for the Vikings. But with Adam Thielen heading into the twilight of his career, adding another dynamic wide receiver from the college ranks wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

Although Justyn Ross has dealt with some serious injury issues at Clemson, he’s well worth a gamble in this spot. Had these complications not surfaced in recent years, then this is a sure-fire first-round selection with a potentially game-changing skill set.

There wouldn’t be a significant amount of pressure on Ross to make a valuable contribution as a rookie. Thielen and Justin Jefferson will be an outstanding tandem once again in 2022 and there remains hope that K.J. Osborn can build on an encouraging season next time around.

One area where Ross thrives that could fit in well is elite athleticism and the ability to generate yards after the catch. His route-running is already to a very high standard and the wideout also has absolutely no trouble with contested catches at 6-foot-4.

Medical assessments regarding Ross will dictate where he’s drafted. This is arguably more important than anything the player does during the evaluation process.

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Pairing Ross with Jefferson long-term could be highly beneficial. Even though that will probably be without Kirk Cousins when his contract expires in 2023.