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

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Seventh-Round Pick No. 1 (230th Overall)

Qwan'tez Stiggers - CB (Toronto Argonauts)

The Vikings go back to the cornerback well with their first pick of the seventh round.

Qwan'tez Stiggers is an interesting and unique prospect as he's already played professional football with his time in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts.

Stiggers attended Lane College in 2020, but he had his season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After getting rejected by other schools, Stiggers ended up in the Fan Controlled Football League, which was an indoor 7-on-7 league.

His performance in that league led to an offer from the Argonauts. Despite having no college experience, Stiggers made the team, and in 2023, he accumulated 53 tackles and five interceptions in 16 games.

That led to an invite to this year's East-West Shrine Bowl, and now he has a chance to join the short list of prospects who have been drafted without any college experience.

Stiggers is a natural bawl hawk. He has great anticipation when the football is in the air, and he knows how to position himself to get in front of the receiver to make the play. He's also instinctive and isn't afraid to come up and lay a hit.

His professional experience should be seen as a positive, and he could become a rare case of a seventh-round pick not only making the squad, but also finding a role on the defense as a rookie.

Seventh-Round Pick No. 2 (232nd Overall)

Matt Lee - C (Miami)

The Vikings would have preferred to find some offensive line help earlier in this year's NFL Draft, but that's not the way the board fell.

Currently, Minnesota appears to be willing to roll with Blake Brandel as their new starting left guard, and they will again go with Garrett Bradbury as their starting center.

The Vikings did go out and get Dan Feeney as a backup, and while he has a cool-looking mustache/mullet combo, he isn't a very good football player.

Lee was listed at 6-foot-4 and 301 pounds in college, but he weighed just 288 at this year's East-West Shrine, which was a bit concerning. Despite the lower weight than expected, Lee held his own and put together a solid week in front of NFL scouts.

Lee is a technician when it comes to his blocking. He understands how to use leverage and hand placement to his advantage, and that's how he wins.

Lee's lack of size and power may be a concern, but on tape, he anchors quite well against much bigger defenders.

For Minnesota fans who want something different at center, like a big stoutly built mauler, that isn't what Lee is. He's fundamentally sound and wins his reps with his technique.

It may not be exciting, but it could be effective in the NFL, and that is what ultimately matters.