5 prospects the Vikings should avoid in the 2024 NFL Draft

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Prospect the Vikings should avoid No. 2

Nate Wiggins - CB (Clemson)

As a huge fan of Nate Wiggins, I do not think he should be in play for the Vikings.

Minnesota would most likely need to trade down to even consider taking him in the first round, but at that point, there is better value at the position a little later in the draft.

Wiggins is projected to go in the top 20 of the draft, and the Vikings simply have more pressing needs.

A defensive tackle or edge rusher would make a lot more sense in that range, which would open the door for Quinyon Mitchell, Kalen King, and T.J. Tampa in the second round.

Byron Murphy and Mekhi Blackmon both looked like starting-caliber corners last season and selecting another cornerback this early would limit some of the flexibility throughout the rest of the draft.

I think this class is relatively deep in the secondary, and while Wiggins is arguably the best in the class, the value simply is not there for Minnesota.

Taking Wiggins over a game-changing pass rusher or even taking a swing at a quarterback that falls into their lap would be hard to overcome.

As far as the 11th pick goes, the Vikings should steer clear of J.J. McCarthy and Wiggins. On Day 2, there are several other players that I would prefer to avoid for a number of reasons.

Minnesota cannot afford to have a non-impactful draft heading into the 2024 season.