Best memes and tweets from Vikings fans reacting to J.J. McCarthy and Dallas Turner

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It was hard to know exactly what the Minnesota Vikings were going to do at the 2024 NFL Draft. Even though the team was expected to go after a quarterback, trading up, staying put, or trading down were all options depending on which prospect the scouts and general manager preferred.

With the Vikings holding the No. 11 and No. 23 overall picks in the draft, it was bound to be an interesting day for analysts and fans of the team. At an event where anything can happen, Minnesota was unlikely to do what some fans were expecting.

On Thursday, April 25, the purple and gold took part in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft and made some moves to prepare the franchise for the future. No matter what they did with the picks, there were bound to be fans and critics of the decision.

Minnesota watched as Caleb Williams went to the Chicago Bears, Jayden Daniels went to the Washington Commanders and the New England Patriots picked Drake Maye in the draft's first three selections. The Atlanta Falcons surprised many people by selecting Michael Penix Jr. at No. 8. overall.

Staying firm as long as possible, the Vikings worked out a trade with the New York Jets for the No. 10 overall pick to select University of Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy.

Social media reactions to the Vikings drafting J.J. McCarthy at No. 10

The Minnesota Vikings were expected to be busy on the first day of the 2024 NFL Draft. Visions of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah working the phones to try to get the best possible value out of their picks on Thursday night.

It didn't take long for the reactions to Minnesota's draft pick to start coming in on social media. Fans and analysts alike voiced their opinions with many of the more notable reactions coming from X (formerly Twitter).

Let's take a look at some of the biggest reactions to the Vikings draft day:

A post on X from NFL on ESPN mentioned how Minnesota has a lot of offensive talent to help out their new quarterback.

There was some skepticism about whether or not the Vikings needed to move up one spot, but The Daily Norseman loves that Minnesota got to hold on to their second first-round pick while still getting their quarterback.

Former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III loves that McCarthy is a winner who is also athletic and thinks that the Vikings will love having the National Champion quarterback on their roster.

Former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick noted the release and vision of McCarthy as well as formation versatility and ball security. He expressed there's "not much to not like" about the former Michigan passer.

The "Voice of the Vikings" Paul Allen was at the Vikings Draft party with fans at U.S. Bank Stadium and was very excited about the idea of J.J. throwing passes to J.J. in the future as well as the other moves Minnesota made on Day 1.

The Stacking the Box account on X shared a video talking about liking the fit for J.J. McCarthy while discussing why the Minnesota Vikings may have felt the need to trade up one spot to get him.

Social media reactions to the Vikings drafting Dallas Turner at No. 17 overall

The Minnesota Vikings weren't done after landing their possible quarterback of the future. Having the No. 23 pick from Houston still available to use, the team saw arguably the top defensive prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft sliding and made the trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars to move up to No. 17 and select Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner.

The Stacking the Box account of X respected the Vikings moving up to grab "the betting favorite to be the first defensive player taken" and how fans in Minnesota should be excited about getting McCarthy and Turner in this year's draft.

Robert Griffin III once again shared his thoughts on Minnesota's pick. He called Turner a "violent" player seeing the Alabama edge rusher as a Day 1 starter and touted the young man's production at the college level.

ESPN reporter Kevin Seifert looked at the numbers and shared that it was highly improbable that Turner would be available at No. 17 overall and how Minnesota selecting him at that point could be called "the biggest steal of the draft."

Will Ragatz of FanNation and shared that the Vikings aren't known for taking edge rushers early in the draft but is excited to see the combination of Van Ginkel, Greenard, and Turner getting after opposing quarterbacks.

Bill Pritchard of took an AEW spin on Minnesota's trade with Jacksonville and was interested to see if Tony Khan would be shown in a neck brace after taking a Meltzer Driver on a recent episode of the wresting promotion's TV broadcasts. Spoiler: he was.

The official NFL account on X liked seeing Dallas Turner putting on that Vikings cap but didn't mention the young defender's interesting choice of eyewear.

What did you think of the Minnesota Vikings' first round of the 2024 NFL Draft? Do you like what the team did or are you skeptical that Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has the team moving in the right direction for the future?