Vikings attack the trenches with final two picks of the 2024 NFL Draft

Minnesota Vikings center Michael Jurgens
Minnesota Vikings center Michael Jurgens / James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

During the final day of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings main priority seemed to be more about adding depth to their roster rather than potentially finding a diamond in the rough.

The Vikings began Day 3 of the 2024 draft by adding a talented cornerback in Khyree Jackson with a fourth-round selection. Then, in the sixth round, Minnesota used two picks to select offensive tackle Walter Rouse and kicker Will Reichard.

In the seventh and final round of this year's NFL Draft, the Vikings kept with their theme of adding depth to their roster by using a pair of picks to add center Michael Jurgens and defensive tackle Levi Drake Rodriguez.

What can the Minnesota Vikings expect from their two picks in the seventh round of the 2024 NFL Draft?

Following the decision by Austin Schlottmann to sign with the New York Giants earlier this offseason, Minnesota has been in need of a new backup behind starting center Garrett Bradbury. Jurgens has the potential to be just that.'s Lance Zierlein wrote the following about Jurgens in his draft profile for the center.

"Solid three-year starter as a center/guard but will need to stick at center as his primary position. Jurgens uses accurate hands and consistent footwork to fit blocks with good centering, but he doesn’t have the core strength needed to displace opponents or keep from being pulled and shoved off balance by a strong nose tackle.

He’s fairly average as an athlete but he does see the field well in pass protection and steadies the gaps around him."

As for Rodriguez, he didn't exactly attend a powerhouse college football program at Texas A&M-Commerce. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, he's also a little on the lighter side for a defensive tackle.

Last season at Texas A&M Commerce, Rodriguez accumulated 56 tackles (7.5 for a loss), 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 10 games. As is the case for most seventh-round picks in the NFL Draft, he seems destined to begin his career in the league on Minnesota's practice squad.

It will be interesting to see which undrafted free agents the Vikings decide to sign this year, as they still have a need at running back and wide receiver. They could also fill these two needs with veterans in free agency as well, so we'll just have to wait and see what they decide to do.