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

Former North Carolina QB Drake Maye
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Fifth-Round Pick No. 2 (167th Overall)

Khristian Boyd - DT (Northern Iowa)

The Vikings need to address the defensive line multiple times in this year's NFL Draft because the talent of the guys in the position group as it currently stands is not acceptable.

Khristian Boyd is a big defensive lineman whom Minnesota reportedly met with at this year's East-West Shrine Bowl. He's a massive human who stands 6-foot-4 and tips the scales at 317 pounds.

Boyd doesn't have elite athletic ability, and he isn't going to win with his speed. What he is, however, is pure power and brute strength.

Boyd can eat up blockers and then push them back into the quarterback. He also has violent hands that he uses to fend off blocks and close in on the quarterback. Boyd is someone who will win with his bull rush, which likely puts his future inside at nose tackle.

The Vikings can develop him to replace Harrison Phillips one day and, in the meantime, he can rotate in for a handful of snaps to give Horrible Harry a break.

It's also possible Boyd is tried at the five-technique, as he does have the patience to set the edge before attacking.

He's an interesting prospect and one who makes a ton of sense for Minnesota if he ends up being available at this spot in the draft.

Sixth-Round Pick (177th Overall)

Mohamed Kamara - EDGE (Colorado State)

The Vikings squashed their need at edge in free agency this year with the signings of Andrew Van Ginkel and Jonathan Greenard. Minnesota also has Patrick Jones II and Andre Carter II on the roster, but this doesn't mean they won't address the position at some point in this year's draft.

There's an old saying in the league that a team can never have enough quality pass rushers and the Vikings find one here with their selection in the sixth round.

Mohamed Kamara was an absolute dude at Colorado State. His production was insane, with 45.5 tackles for a loss, 30.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. He was the guy that every offense they faced had to worry about and scheme for, yet he still managed to be a menace.

Kamara relies on his power to win his battles against blockers. He has powerful hands that he uses to set up blockers so he can get inside of them. His motor is relentless as he's constantly in attack mode.

The one trait that could send Kamara down the board and make him available in the sixth round for Minnesota is his size. He's just 6-foot-1 and 248 pounds, so there could be concerns about his ability to get around some of the mammoth offensive tackles in the NFL who have huge arm spans.

Still, Kamara is a productive and explosive edge rusher who could be a steal for the Vikings in the sixth round.