Sixth-Round Pick No.1 (178th overall)
Aaron Casey - LB (Indiana)
Aaron Casey was phenomenal at Indiana this season despite a horrendous year from the Hoosiers.
In their season opener against Ohio State, Casey was arguably the best player on the field the entire afternoon. He finished that game with 11 total tackles and a tackle for loss.
In 12 games this season, Casey tallied 109 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
Ivan Pace Jr. was sensational as a rookie, but he needs someone who can help him in the middle of the defense.
Jordan Hicks is an older veteran that may not return in 2024. Minnesota adding a strong tackler late in the draft and hoping he sticks is worth a shot.
The defense was a mess down the stretch this season, and tackling was a major issue when the team needed stops.
Casey consistently showed up against some of the best teams in the Big Ten and has proven that he can be a difference-maker in the middle of the defense.
Adding his skillset to the roster as a depth player or practice squad guy early on is good value at this stage of the draft.
That leaves the Vikings with one pick remaining in this mock draft, and it is time to swing for the fences.