Early Vikings 2023 mock draft after Week 1 of the college football season

(Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) Joe Tippmann
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What might the 2023 NFL Draft look like for the Minnesota Vikings now that the 2022 season is set to begin?

College football has returned, and it has been glorious, not only for the on-field product but also for the Minnesota Vikings and the 2023 NFL Draft. So many stars rose to the challenge in their first action of the season which leaves us with much more to be desired for the rest of this season.

For the Vikings, the upcoming season can go so many different directions with a new coaching staff in place and a roster that has some serious talent at the skill positions but question marks elsewhere.

Minnesota is probably one more year away from truly being a threat in the NFC. They can certainly make the playoffs this season with a strong showing, but they are not quite on the level of the Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or Green Bay Packers just yet in terms of full roster talent.

That said, next year’s draft class could potentially push the Vikings over the top and get them in line to compete for some meaningful games in January. Minnesota just needs a few more pieces on the defense to really be a dangerous roster.

After what we saw during Week 1 of the college football season, what might the Vikings’ 2023 NFL Draft look like following the upcoming NFL season?