Vikings Draft 2024: Full 7-round mock draft following the 2023 regular season

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr.
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Sixth-Round Pick No. 2 (189th overall)

Ainias Smith - WR (Texas A&M)

Heading into the 2022 college season, Ainias Smith seemed like one of the most exciting prospects in the country and a top-50 selection for the 2023 draft.

However, he played in just four games for the Aggies in 2022 and scored just two touchdowns from scrimmage.

He returned in 2023 with the goal of getting back to his old self and he did stay healthy for 12 games and put up similar numbers to his 2021 season.

He finished with 816 total yards on 14.1 yards per touch but still just two touchdowns.

Smith was a bit of a do-it-all player in his first few seasons at Texas A&M, which is why he was so highly projected nearly two years ago.

He was a running back and wide receiver who could maximize his touches and produce consistently.

If he gets back to that version of himself, he can be a dynamic weapon in an NFL offense.

The board fell perfectly for Smith to be an option for the Vikings, and at this stage of the draft, it is a no-brainer for me.

Continuing to add weapons to an explosive offense is only going to make life easier for a new quarterback and perhaps take some pressure off a struggling defense.