Redrafting the Vikings rookie class after the 2023 regular season

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Seventh-Round Pick (222nd Overall)

Original Pick: DeWayne McBride - RB (UAB)
Re-Draft Pick: Andrew Vorhees - G (USC)

It may be a bit of a surprise to see a guy who didn't even see the field make a re-draft, but there's good reason for the Vikings to take Andrew Vorhees here.

First of all, DeWayne McBride was awful in the preseason but somehow still made the practice squad. It's highly unlikely he looks any better in year two, making this likely to be a wasted pick.

So why not take a guy who was only available because he tore his ACL at the Combine?

Vorhees was seen as a late day-two or early day-three pick. He was a longtime starter at USC, playing multiple positions on the offensive line. He settled in at left guard and was known for his unreal strength.

Vorhees also showed good speed when pulling to get outside as a lead blocker, and the only real concern was his lack of ideal arm length. Many figured he'd end up as a solid starter in the NFL at either guard spot.

What was the most impressive thing about Vorhees was that despite tearing his ACL, he still did the bench press at the Combine, throwing up 225 pounds 38 times.

The Vikings offensive line lacks quality depth. They had a chance to take a guy they could've redshirted for a year and then competed for a job in 2024. It would've been like getting a third-round caliber player for the price of a seventh-rounder.

Instead, the Vikings took a back who ran scared and looked like he could end up in the UFL or whatever it's called now.

Vorhees would've been worth a flier here late, and the Vikings need to stop being afraid of injured talent and start taking value when it presents itself.