Vikings 7-Round 2024 Mock Draft: Minnesota waits until Day 2 to pick a QB

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Fifth-Round Pick No. 1 (159th overall)

James Williams - S (Miami)

Per PFF. James Williams led the Hurricanes in pass coverage this season with a grade of 84.7, which is even more impressive when one realizes that he played on the same defense as potential 2024 first-round pick Kamren Kinchens.

The Vikings may want to start planning for the future, as Harrison Smith's productivity seems to have decreased recently. Although it would be difficult to match Smith's career with a Day 3 draft pick, Williams has shown similarities to Smith's playing style.

Williams is a versatile player who can line up in various positions and has impressive athleticism for a 6-foot-4 safety. His ability to keep up with speedy receivers would potentially make him an asset for Minnesota's defense.

Despite only four interceptions in three years, Williams contributed to his team's success by doing the necessary work. His potential addition to the team would allow Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores to develop the possible successor to Smith.

And even if he doesn't end up becoming a starter, Williams would still be able to make a significant impact on special teams and nickel defense for Minnesota.