Redrafting the Vikings rookie class after the 2023 regular season

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua / Harry How/GettyImages
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Fifth-Round Pick No. 2 (164th Overall)

Original Pick: Jaren Hall - QB (BYU)
Re-Draft Pick: Puka Nacua WR, BYU

Would the Vikings go wide receiver again? If it meant getting a talent like Puka Nacua in the fifth round, then the answer has to be a resounding yes.

The Vikings originally took Jaren Hall here, and while he was never supposed to see the field as a rookie, he did, and he looked years away from being ready.

Minnesota would've been much better off rolling with Nacua, who had an insane season with 1,486 yards on 105 receptions with six touchdowns.

He's not the biggest or fastest guy out there, but he knows how to find the open spots in coverage and exploits them. Nacua is also very difficult to bring down, as he thrives at fighting through tackles to pick up extra yardage.

Had the Vikings taken Nacua, they wouldn't have had to dress players like N'Keal Harry and Trishton Jackson. They would've had a viable No. 2 to Addison, and K.J. Osborn could've gone back to his natural No. 3 spot.

Having both Addison and Nacua on the roster along with Justin Jefferson would've also given the Vikings the best trio of receivers they had since Cris Carter, Jake Reed, and Randy Moss rocked the dome as "Three Deep".

Having two young studs at wide receiver also would alleviate the loss of Jefferson if that were to happen via trade or failure to reach a contract agreement.

It's all for naught, but boy, what a pick Nacua would've been.