Redrafting the Vikings rookie class after the 2022 season

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Sixth-Round Pick No. 1 (184th overall)

Original Selection: Vederian Lowe – OT (Illinois)

Redraft Selection: Jamaree Salyer – OL (Georgia)

The Vikings could’ve really solidified their offensive line in 2022 had they taken Cordell Volson over Ed Ingram and then grabbed Jamaree Salyer instead of Vederian Lowe. At least that is what it looks like after year one.

Salyer started 14 games for the Los Angeles Chargers at guard in 2022. He graded out very well in PFF, grabbing a 69.2 overall grade, allowing just five sacks, and only being flagged three times. He can also play offensive tackle, filling that swing role that Minnesota needs an upgrade in.

Lowe didn’t see much of any action, only getting called up to play in the meaningless game against the Bears to end the season. The Vikings don’t know what they have in him at this point, but he’ll be hard-pressed to match what Salyer has already accomplished.

Sixth-Round Pick No. 2 (191st overall)

Original Selection: Jalen Nailor – WR (Michigan State)

Redraft Selection: James Houston – OLB (Jackson State)

Jalen Nailor was probably the one Viking who was almost kept in this redraft. He does have some hope as a potential No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver down the road, but Minnesota could’ve scored a nice young pass rusher instead in James Houston.

Houston was another great pick by the Lions who made his impact felt in year one. He racked up eight sacks in just seven games played after finally getting some playing time after the guys ahead of him on the depth chart got injured.

It’s unclear at this point what defensive system the Vikings will run in 2023, but a guy who can get after the quarterback will always have a role. Landing a player like Houston would’ve been a huge steal and a big boost for a defense that needed a pass-rushing spark.