Vikings Draft 2024: Post-Scouting Combine 7-round mock draft

Former Washington QB Michael Penix Jr.
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Fourth-Round Pick (No. 117 overall)

D.J. James – CB (Auburn)

The Vikings could use an impact player at cornerback, but their best chance might be in free agency or early in the draft. If they wait, they’re likely to use a strength-in-numbers approach, which could point them to D.J. James.

James is small (6-foot-1, 164 pounds) and could give Minnesota fans Cameron Dantzler flashbacks. But he’s excellent in man coverage and could be a fit in Brian Flores’s scheme, either on the outside or in the slot.

James will have to put on some weight and he might not be a total ideal fit. But he has enough to work with and could wind up being a rotational piece in the Vikings’ secondary.

Fourth-Round Pick (No. 130)

Trey Benson – RB (Florida State)

After the release of Alexander Mattison and Cam Akers’ pending free-agency, the Vikings could double up on Seminoles and take Trey Benson in the fourth round.

Benson has speed (4.39 second time in the 40-yard dash) and power (3.53 yards after contact) to his game, but he also has issues with his patience and vision. While he’s also adequate in the passing game, he could also refine his technique to become a true threat.

For now, Benson is a committee back for a team that will likely install one around Ty Chandler. While Chandler could be the lead back, Benson has the talent to complement him with the upside to take over the starting role down the line.