Vikings Draft 2024: Post-Texans trade 7-round mock draft

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Fourth-Round Pick No. 2 (129th Overall)

Khryee Jackson - CB (Oregon)

One position the Vikings have failed to upgrade so far in free agency, at least as of this writing, is cornerback.

So far, Minnesota is rolling with the status quo of Byron Murphy, Mekhi Blackmon, and Akayleb Evans as their top three cornerbacks for 2024. They also have Andrew Booth Jr., who started to show some signs of improvement at season's end.

Of course, there are some other guys buried down the Vikings' current cornerback depth chart, but those are the four that are currently expected to see the most playing time next season.

It's not a great unit overall, and talent needs to be added.

The Vikings would be ecstatic to see former Oregon corner Khyree Jackson on the board when it comes time to make their second fourth-round selection.

Jackson is a big corner, measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 194 pounds. But he's not just big, he's also extremely long with arms that stretch for miles.

With his size, he is going to win the majority of contested balls that come his way. He's also a willing tackler and loves coming up and supporting the run.

The major concern with Jackson is his lack of experience. He started out at Alabama, but he was buried on the depth chart, only appearing in 13 games over two seasons. He then transferred to Oregon and started 12 games.

His size, speed, and willingness to lay a hit are huge positives and are traits that could get him on the field early in his career.

Fifth-Round Pick No. 1 (157th Overall)

Ray Davis - RB (Kentucky)

Running back is another position the Vikings are likely to address at some point in this year's NFL Draft.

Yes, they signed Aaron Jones in free agency, but that is just a one-year deal. Ideally, Minnesota waits a little bit longer to take a back when the real draft rolls around, but sometimes value presents itself, and one has to strike when it does.

Ray Davis is a very talented ball carrier. He is a thickly built 5-foot-8 and 211 pounds and he has good speed, as he ran the 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Scouting Combine in 4.52 seconds.

Davis was extremely productive in his tenure as the Wildcats lead back, rushing for well over 1,000 yards the last two seasons and scoring an eye-popping 14 touchdowns in 2023. He has also proven to be a reliable target out of the backfield, catching 33 balls a season ago for 323 yards and seven touchdowns.

If the Vikings draft Davis, he would likely go into the 2024 season as the third back on the depth chart. He may see spot duty here and there, but his presence on the team would likely mean the end of Kene Nwangwu and DeWayne McBride on Minnesota's roster.

But that would be fine because neither of those guys is going to be the future starting running back of the Vikings, while Davis could be.