3 positions the Vikings could double-dip at in the 2023 NFL Draft

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Wide Receiver

Wide receiver is another position that the Vikings could use more than one of their draft picks on. They have the best wide receiver in the league in Justin Jefferson but cut an aging Adam Thielen. This left K.J. Osborn as the number two option, with Jalen Reagor and Jalen Nailor fleshing out the top four.

The Vikings did sign Brandon Powell, but he’s basically a special teamer. They also have some younger guys on the roster, like Blake Proehl and Trishton Jackson, but both will be fighting to make the final roster and could again end up on the practice squad. After listing off those players, it’s clear upgrades are needed.

Giving the Vikings a wide receiver at pick No. 23 has become a popular option in recent mock drafts. It does make sense, as players like Quentin Johnston, Zay Flowers, and Jordan Addison could all be very good No. 2 options in the league. If the Vikings do pull the trigger early on a pass-catcher, it doesn’t mean they won’t do it again.

This is a pretty deep receiver class, and the Vikings could land a solid prospect on Day 3 who would immediately be higher on the depth chart than Proehl, Jackson, and maybe even Reagor. Some names to watch would be Andrei Iosivas, Trey Palmer, Jayden Reed, and Ronnie Bell.

Defense is likely to be the theme of the Vikings’ draft, but allocating two of their five choices to upgrade the wide receiver position does make a ton of sense.