Redrafting the Vikings rookie class after the 2022 season

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Fourth-Round Pick (118th overall)

Original Selection: Akayleb Evans – CB (Missouri)

Redraft Selection: Cordell Volson- OG (North Dakota State)

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah traded up and got his man Akayleb Evans in the fourth round of the draft last year. He seems to be a fun-loving fan favorite who had some nice moments on the field as a rookie.

Unfortunately, like many of the Vikings rookies, he missed time due to injuries and still has plenty of questions as he heads into year two.

Minnesota could have and probably should have used this pick to bolster their offensive line with North Dakota State’s Cordell Volson.

Volson is a beast of a man who played both tackle and guard in college. The Cincinnati Bengals ended up using him at left guard all season, and he went on to start every single game for them, playing at a high level.

Volson did so well in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills that running back Joe Mixon gave him his game ball. The Vikings need a quality swing offensive lineman like Volson and could use a mid-round pick to find him in 2023.

If they would’ve done a little more homework last year, they could’ve had this sasquatch of a man and eliminated that need. Now they have to hope Ed Ingram turns it around in year two while likely drafting for more depth.